Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 29

Aflac Inc.

Columbus, Ga. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

This insurance company, based in Columbus, Ga., encourages its employees to volunteer, and backs that up with the support needed to make it happen. The company provides paid time off for employees to participate in some community volunteer events, including helping to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Aflac also encourages employees to volunteer for local charities, including colleges and schools, and organizations that help the homeless and disadvantaged. Through the Aflac Cares program, employees are recognized for their community volunteer efforts. The company's employees frequently hold on-site fundraising events. Last year, Aflac reached its goal of over $30 million in charitable giving to the Aflac Cancer Center with fundraising help from its employees. The company also encourages work-life balance. Toward that end, it helps IT employees work standard 40-hour weeks and offers options such as compressed workweeks, a choice of various shifts and telecommuting.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 6

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 4,398

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 517

IT employee turnover in 2008: 8%

IT promotions in 2008: 6%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 6

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $2,552

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 27%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 26%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 27%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 28%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 17%

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