Top 10 ranking: No. 6 for benefits An IT Talent Council was recently formed at this Minneapolis-based medical device company to attract, develop and retain the best talent. All employees engage in professional development planning, create talent profiles that function much like internal resumes, and have access to education, mentoring, coaching, leadership development and stretch assignment programs. Managers coach their employees and help them perform in a collaborative, technology-enabled environment. Formal mentoring opportunities are available. Resource groups provide development, coaching and goal-setting programs. Full-time employees are reimbursed for business-related courses, receiving up to $10,000 for graduate-level programs and $7,000 annually for undergraduate degree programs. Bevy of benefits Employees are offered a full range of health and wellness programs, including on-site wellness screenings, massages, mindfulness meditation classes, yoga instruction, dedicated "stress specialists" and a personal coaching program. The company also offers free flu shots, health fairs, an on-site health club, discounts and reimbursement for local and national health clubs, and an on-site pickup option for prescriptions. The company also offers employees discounted race entry and training sessions for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, subsidized Weight Watchers at Work participation, an on-site bank with tellers, wellness coaches, nutritionists and outdoor walking/running paths.
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Total U.S.-based employees: 24,215
Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,161
IT employee turnover in 2010: 5%
IT promotions in 2010: 16%
Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 4
Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $1,895
Total percentage of women within IT: 30%
Percentage of IT managers who are women: 31%
Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 31%
Total percentage of minorities within IT: 30%
Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 17%
Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 33%