Best Places to Work in IT 2018

These 100 U.S. employers attract top tech talent with stellar benefits, challenging projects and plenty of opportunities for growth.

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The 100 Best Places to Work in IT

Large organization rankings (5,000 or more U.S. employees)

1 Quicken Loans Detroit
2 Owens Corning Toledo, Ohio
3 VMware Palo Alto, Calif.
4 Workday Pleasanton, Calif.
5 Genentech South San Francisco, Calif.
6 Applied Materials Santa Clara, Calif.
7 DHL Express Plantation, Fla.
8 Prudential Financial Newark, N.J.
9 Vanguard Malvern, Pa.
10 Worthington Industries  Columbus, Ohio 
11 Norton Healthcare  Louisville, Ky. 
12 Altria Client Services   Richmond, Va.
13 Discover Financial Services   Riverwoods, Ill.
14 Asurion Nashville, Tenn. 
15 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Ind.
16 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Laurel, Md.
17 Kaiser Permanente Oakland, Calif.
18 Booz Allen Hamilton McLean, Va.
19 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, Calif.
20 Raytheon Waltham, Mass.
21 International Paper Memphis, Tenn.
22 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Atlanta
23 Navy Federal Credit Union Vienna, Va.
24 Motorola Solutions Chicago
25 Erickson Living Catonsville, Md.
26 CDW Lincolnshire, Ill.
27 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Columbus, Ohio
28 FedEx Memphis, Tenn.
29 Principal Financial Group Des Moines, Iowa
30 Johns Hopkins Medicine Baltimore
31 H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Tampa, Fla.
32 Dignity Health Phoenix
33 Portland State University Portland, Ore.
34 RSM US Chicago
35 Ascension St. Louis
36 Monsanto Creve Coeur, Mo.
37 Humana Louisville, Ky.
38 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia
39 Memorial Healthcare System Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
40 SAS Cary, N.C.
41 MSC Industrial Supply Melville, N.Y.
42 Sharp HealthCare San Diego
43 CA Technologies New York
44 Jack Henry and Associates Monett, Mo.
45 Cancer Treatment Centers of America Boca Raton, Fla.
46 DriveTime Tempe, Ariz.
47 Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) Washington, D.C.
48 Holman Enterprises Mount Laurel, N.J.
49 Zimmer Biomet Warsaw, Ind.
50 Carolinas HealthCare System Charlotte, N.C.
51 Mitre McLean, Va.
52 Cedars-Sinai Los Angeles
53 Adventist Health System Altamonte Springs, Fla.
54 Southern Co. Atlanta
55 American Family Life Assurance Co. (AFLAC) Columbus, Ga.
56 PricewaterhouseCoopers New York
57 Palmetto Health Columbia, S.C.
58 Kroger Technology Cincinnati, Ohio
59 University of Oklahoma Norman, Okla.

Midsize organization rankings (1,001 – 4,999 U.S. employees)

1 Ultimate Software Weston, Fla.
2 Enova International Chicago
3 Plante Moran Southfield, Mich.
4 Credit Acceptance Southfield, Mich.
5 Halifax Health Daytona Beach, Fla.
6 AARP Washington, D.C.
7 Illumina San Diego
8 Zebra Technologies Lincolnshire, Ill.
9 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Durham, N.C.
10 Datto Norwalk, Conn.
11 CME Group Chicago
12 CHG Healthcare Midvale, Utah
13 Informatica Redwood City, Calif.
14 Genesis HealthCare System

Zanesville, Ohio

15 Baird Milwaukee
16 Janney Montgomery Scott Philadelphia
17 Avanade Seattle
18 American Fidelity Assurance Oklahoma City
19 Matson Honolulu
20 Workiva Ames, Iowa
21 Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas

Small organization rankings (1,000 or fewer U.S. employees)

1 Cloud for Good Asheville, N.C.
2 Axxess Dallas
3 Sev1Tech Woodbridge, Va.
4 Dataprise Rockville, Md.
5 Commonwealth Financial Network Waltham, Mass.
6 Secure-24 Southfield, Mich.
7 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Indianapolis
8 NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) Arlington, Va.
9 Infoverity Dublin, Ohio
10 Connectria Hosting St. Louis
11 Liquidnet Holdings New York
12 National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) Lake St. Louis, Mo.
13 Pariveda Solutions Dallas
14 oXya Jersey City, N.J.
15 Planned Systems International Arlington, Va.
16 MetroStar Systems Reston, Va.
17 Avaap Edison, N.J.
18 CFA Institute Charlottesville, Va.
19 Paramount Software Solutions Alpharetta, Ga.
20 Health Catalyst Salt Lake City

Methodology: How we chose the Best Places to Work

For the 25th year in a row, Computerworld conducted a survey to identify the 100 best places to work for IT professionals. In November 2017, Computerworld started accepting nominations from U.S.-based organizations and from non-U.S.- based employers that met the following criteria: They were required to have a minimum of 300 total employees at a U.S. headquarters and a minimum of 30 IT employees in the U.S., with at least 50% of their IT employees based in the U.S.

Participants were asked to provide contact information for the person at their organization who is familiar with or has access to employment statistics and financial data, as well as benefits policies and programs for the IT department and the organization as a whole.

In January 2018, the contacts at the nominated organizations received a 52-question company survey asking about average salary and bonus increases, percentage of IT staffers promoted, IT staff turnover rates, training and development, and the percentage of women and minorities in IT staff and management positions. In addition, information was collected on the employer’s retention programs, methods of rewarding outstanding performances, and benefits ranging from elder care and child care to flextime and reimbursement for college tuition and the costs of earning technology certifications.

Upon completion of the company survey, participants were instructed to select a random sample of employees from their U.S.-based full- and part-time IT staffs for participation in an employee survey. All participating companies were emailed instructions regarding sample selection as well as a unique survey link to share with employees. Topics covered in the employee survey included satisfaction with compensation and benefits, training and development programs, and work/life balance. In addition, employees were asked to rate employee morale in the IT department, the importance of various benefits, and their level of agreement with a variety of statements on topics ranging from career growth to management’s fair and equal treatment of employees.

A total of 20,566 IT employees responded to the employee survey from the final 100 organizations selected as best places to work for IT professionals.

The nomination survey, company survey and employee survey were all conducted via the internet. The responses to the company and employee surveys were collected and tabulated by a third-party research vendor. The company portion of the research was closed in February 2018, and the employee survey portion was closed in March 2018.

Top 10 Lists

Our top 10 lists show the best of the best — the organizations that excel in these four areas of human resources: career development, retention, benefits and training. To determine those lists, we considered the following factors:

Benefits: The range of benefits offered, including sabbaticals, elder care and child care, and health and vision plans; employee satisfaction with the range of benefits.

Career development: Mentoring programs; tuition reimbursement for college classes and technical certifications; promotions within IT; employee satisfaction with tuition reimbursement, opportunities for career growth and management’s involvement in career development.

Diversity: Percentage of women and minorities in staff and managerial positions; employee perceptions that management treats everyone fairly regardless of race or gender.

Retention: Frequency of employee satisfaction surveys; turnover rate; promotions; morale; employee satisfaction with work/life balance, sabbaticals, job-sharing and telecommuting programs.

Training: Number of training days; training budget; employee satisfaction with training and access to training; satisfaction with reimbursement for certification training; satisfaction with continuing education programs.

In scoring the responses from the company and employee surveys, company results were weighted based on the importance ratings provided by respondents to the employee survey. Approximately half of the total scoring was based on employee responses, with the remaining half based on the survey of the company’s benefits and other programs.

The survey process was managed by Jen Garofalo, research director in IDG’s Strategic Marketing Services group, working with independent firm Research Results. A complete description of our methodology is available on our website.

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