Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 70

Aetna Inc.

Hartford, Conn. [New England]

Why you want to work there

What gets IT employees at this Hartford, Conn.-based insurance firm excited? A team bonus program that ties IT project results to employee bonus compensation. The team bonus is a component of the company bonus program and rewards IT employees who contribute to the success of projects both on an individual- and team-performance basis. Thus, their annual bonus is based on a combination of their individual scorecard results and a project results score. The project results score is determined for each IT project delivered, using metrics that align with the IT scorecard. This score is a reflection of the project's success in relation to the targeted metrics, which is influenced by the participants' teamwork and collaboration. A variety of telework arrangements are available, including shared, home-based and mobile. In 2008, full-time teleworkers increased to 44% of the IT population (from about 27% in 2007).

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 40

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 36,139

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 2,853

IT employee turnover in 2008: 4%

IT promotions in 2008: 6%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 4

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $603

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 47%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 40%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 49%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 19%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 13%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 20%