Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 60

W.W. Grainger Inc.

Lake Forest, Ill. [North Central]
http://www.grainger.com
http://www.grainger.com

Why you want to work there

The sweet spot at this Lake Forest, Ill., company, which distributes maintenance, repair and service equipment, is its benefits package. The Employee's Profit Sharing Plan and Trust is a 100% company-funded plan that gives employees an additional 10% to 25% of their yearly income based on the number of years of service and company performance. In 2006, the plan paid employees with five or more years of service an additional 19% of pay. In 2007, the plan paid out 21% of pay for employees with five or more years of service. The company also continues to invest in IT: The current IT budget is 3.2% of sales (compared with the industry average of about 1%). IT employees have a chance to work on projects with bottom-line impact and are given ample opportunity for career advancement.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 36

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 14,073

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 583

IT employee turnover in 2008: 5%

IT promotions in 2008: 10%

Training

Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 7

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $2,660

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 30%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 22%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 33%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 25%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 18%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 28%