Best Places spotlight: Marriott offers round-the-world opportunities

A diverse staff, global opportunities and a strong career development program earn the hotelier the No. 22 spot on our 2012 Best Places to Work in IT list.

With nearly 45% of Marriott's development pipeline located outside of North America, global opportunities abound for IT employees. Alyssa Lotuaco, director of the enterprise project management office, recently traveled to China, India, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Germany and London to evaluate locations for the hotel giant's next global data center.

IT employees at Marriott
IT staffers Preston Joyce and Alyssa Lotuaco.

Stateside, senior systems consultant Preston Joyce is working virtually with colleagues in the U.K. to standardize their offices' labor management system. Staff diversity is key to such efforts, he says, because "we can leverage talent and expertise from a wide group of people."

Marriott promotes career development through a new tool that lets IT employees create individual development plans for their career in the company. Marriott also offers employees more than 30,000 in-person and online training courses in areas including leadership development, technical skills and new language proficiency to help them reach their specific career goals.

Company perks include discounted hotel stays for employees, their families and friends, with free weekend hotel stays after 25 years of service. At the Bethesda, Md., headquarters, employees have a convenience store, a bank, a Pilates studio, a summer farmer's market and, of course, a gift shop in the lobby.

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