Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 32

Cedars-Sinai Health System

Los Angeles [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 7 for diversity Work at this Los Angeles-based nonprofit health care organization and get the best the system has to offer. Employees receive discounted services, waived co-pays for doctor visits at many Cedars-Sinai physician offices and a waived insurance deductible for hospital visits. It's always awards season: The Standing Ovation for Quality Service award is given to an employee, physician, volunteer, group or team who has been especially kind, caring, helpful, knowledgeable or responsive. The Spot Bonus award rewards employees who contribute to overall organizational success and promote quality improvement. The President's Award is a top honor; employees are nominated for demonstration of creativity and innovation, first-rate problem-solving abilities, exceptional collaborative skills, exceptional professionalism, kindness and/or responsiveness. This award is given three times a year and is accompanied by a monetary award and a recognition luncheon with the president/CEO of Cedars-Sinai. Training is a top concern, too: The IT department budgets $3,000 per employee each year for training and development. The UCLA Technical Management course provides three days of training on technical management, with sessions facilitated by local and national IT leaders. New this year: The IT team installed an electronic medical records system that will integrate the many different aspects of a patient's medical record into a single, secure electronic record.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 19

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 11,298

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 290

IT employee turnover in 2009: 10%

IT promotions in 2009: 16%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $2,500

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 34%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 42%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 54%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 37%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 57%