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No. 53, Large
DirecTV
El Segundo, Calif. [Pacific]
DirecTV
Why you want to work there

In 2013, IT leaders at this satellite TV provider based in El Segundo, Calif., launched a program designed to help IT staffers overcome fear of failure and embrace early failures as a normal part of the process of innovation. Dubbed "F-12: Fearless, Focused Failure," the program has created an environment of innovation where IT staffers fearlessly bring new ideas to the table. In another effort to spur innovation, the company created a program called InnoVacation in which selected teams get to spend eight hours per week for six months working to bring ideas to reality. Perks include complimentary DirecTV service, a subsidized gym and cafeteria, flextime, telecommuting options and a casual dress code.

Employee Statistics
Total U.S.-based employees 16,252
Total U.S.-based IT employees 871
IT employee turnover in 2013 7%
IT employee promotions in 2013 12%
Training
Training days offered per IT employee in 2013 2
Training budget per IT employee in 2013 $2,296