Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 51

Apollo Group Inc.

Phoenix, Ariz. [Mountain]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 2 for career development Executives here understand the importance of being educated. From their first day of employment, all workers at this Phoenix-based company are eligible for waived tuition at Apollo Group's educational institutions, which include the University of Phoenix, Axia College, the College for Financial Planning, the Institute for Professional Development and Western International University. Employees receive a 100% discount on tuition for both bachelor's and master's degree programs, and work in the doctorate program is discounted. The company also provides tuition reimbursement for educational programs not offered by an Apollo Group institution but directly related to an employee's job function. In addition, spouses and dependents receive an 80% discount on programs offered at University of Phoenix, Western International University, Axia College and others. Beyond the degree programs, developers receive semiannual code-performance training. The company also has an internal training department, Apollo Corporate University, and, if necessary, employees are sent to external training sessions. The IT department offers mentoring, training, goal and expectation setting, rewards and recognition, as well as a performance review program. IT managers encourage work/life balance, employee exposure to emerging technologies, and career and skills development.

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Rank by company size:
Large, No. 31

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 18,100

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,317

IT employee turnover in 2008: 4%

IT promotions in 2008: 10%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $6,000

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 21%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 16%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 22%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 34%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 25%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 37%