Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 26

Altria Group Inc.

Richmond, Va. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 6 for career development Money talks at this tobacco company, based in Richmond, Va., and one prime perk for employees is the deferred profit-sharing program. The company contributes up to 18% of an employee's eligible compensation to the program, and employees can contribute a maximum of 15% of eligible compensation as either before- or after-tax contributions. The IT group is working on a few new projects, including the start-up and ongoing support of the company's new Center for Research and Technology, which uses state-of-the-art systems and doubles Altria's research space. IT is also deploying an enterprise data warehouse to consolidate all trade-related information into a single location. IT employees are also encouraged to take advantage of development and training opportunities, such as Altria's IT University, which collaborates with industry leaders to offer programs that help employees stay on top of new trends and technologies. To fill an unmet need, the company designed and implemented its own business analyst certification program. Now a standard offering, the certification is considered to be the equivalent of a project management certification.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 18

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 10,458

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 352

IT employee turnover in 2008: 20%

IT promotions in 2008: 19%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 6

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $1,871

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 39%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 42%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 38%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 29%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 23%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 31%