No. 17 Best Place to Work in IT: Chesapeake Energy

Hiring is on the rise, and candidates should be prepared for a blistering pace.

Computerworld's 100 Best Places to Work in IT

If you're an IT professional who likes a fast pace -- fast growth, fast change and fast decision-making -- you'd fit right in at Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp., one of the largest producers of natural gas and the most active driller of new wells in the U.S.

CIO Cathy Tompkins says her five years at the company have been "completely unlike any place I've ever been. It's growth and innovation all the time, all day long, every day."

Thankfully, the turn-on-a-dime expectations are matched by ample technology resources to get the job done, Tompkins says, citing a state-of-the-art data center and the standard practice of purchasing 22-in. widescreen monitors for every desk so people can more effectively multitask.

"We expect people to work hard and move fast, but we also work to give them everything they need to stay motivated and feel excited to be here," she says. With hiring projected to be double last year's rate, Tompkins has no doubt the company will attract people who revel in constant change.

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