Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 11

Kellogg Co.

Battle Creek, Mich. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 3 for diversity, No. 5 for career development This food manufacturer in Battle Creek, Mich., makes keeping employees healthy one of its main missions. Through its Feeling Great wellness program -- which is voluntary, confidential and company-funded -- employees receive health risk assessments, biometric health screenings and telephone counseling focusing on disease management reduction of lifestyle health risks. Flu shot clinics and educational programs on important health topics are also part of Feeling Great, as are weight management and fitness initiatives, with on-site fitness centers and discounts on health club memberships available to employees who want to get in shape. Kellogg offers discounts on health insurance premiums and other incentives to encourage employees to participate in the Feeling Great program. Fridays can be fun: From mid-March through the end of October, employees who have logged 40 hours of work can leave as early as noon on Friday in a program called "Summer Hours" or, as many employees call it, "Half-Day Fridays." As part of an annual incentive plan, employees earn bonuses that equal a percentage of their annual salary, based on job level, the results achieved by the employee's business unit and the company's overall performance; those bonuses can be increased based on an individual's performance. Employees who go above and beyond their regular job duties can earn "spot awards" that can be equal to 1% to 15% of their annual salary. And the IT organization has its own awards -- the Tony and Ernie Awards. Ernie Awards are given monthly to employees by the vice presidents of their business units in recognition of superior performance. Tony Awards are handed out quarterly to individuals who make a significant contribution to the IT unit and/or the company as a whole. New this year: A CIO Recognition Award for all IT employees.

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Rank by company size:
Large, No. 6

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 20,630

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 209

IT employee turnover in 2009: 3%

IT promotions in 2009: 12%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $3,205

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 36%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 36%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 33%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 25%

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