Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 9

Securian Financial Group Inc.

St. Paul, Minn. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 9 for career development If you get on the career track at this financial services and insurance company, you might be there for the long haul. St. Paul, Minn.-based Securian has a philosophy of hiring entry-level workers and promoting from within. Many employees start as interns while in college or right after graduation. The company supports the professional development of employees by offering technical, professional and managerial training and encouraging employees to enroll in degree and certificate programs. A 17-person IT training group oversees technical education, a four-month full-time entry-level training program and on-site and off-site continuing education classes. Securian also reimburses employees for tuition costs for degree and certificate programs and the costs of attending conferences. Moreover, managerial education is provided by Securian's corporate training staffers. A job posting program helps IT workers pursue internal opportunities for career advancement -- in 2009, 13% of IT employees were promoted. Boon for baby: The company offers an on-site subsidized child care center that's used by employees who are parents -- and grandparents. Securian strives to make its recognition program special. It tailors rewards to individual employees by keeping track of each person's preferred form recognition, from a list options that includes lunches, tickets to concerts or sporting events, gift cards for stores or restaurants, time off and flowers. And, of course, the company recognizes outstanding performance with bonuses, pay increases and promotions.

Rank by company size:
Small, No. 1

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 2,458

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 428

IT employee turnover in 2009: 3%

IT promotions in 2009: 13%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 7

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $2,106

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 39%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 51%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 36%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 8%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 5%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 9%