Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 5

Monsanto Co.

St. Louis, Mo. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 1 for training Because no one wants to waste time in traffic, this seed and biotechnology company has implemented an alternative workplace program to help employees sidestep an ongoing major road construction project in the St. Louis area. Employees at headquarters are given the option of telecommuting part time or working a flexible schedule to avoid highway construction during rush hour. An extensive guide and recommendations have been laid out to help the IT department maximize efficiency during the construction project. Monsanto prides itself on having a team-based culture with a focus on the competencies of courage and candor. Both of those traits play a big role in the feedback cycle between managers and employees. Regular conversations let managers know the type of development training that specific employees need in order to further their careers. Access to continuous training and education means more positions are filled internally, which in turn creates better performance and higher performance-based bonuses.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 5

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 10,570

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 895

IT employee turnover in 2008: 8%

IT promotions in 2008: 7%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 28

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $2,200

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 34%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 28%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 36%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 27%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 16%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 29%