Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 37

Corning Inc.

Corning, N.Y. [Middle Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 1 for career development At this specialty glass and ceramics maker in Corning, N.Y., diversity within its employee ranks is considered more than an obligation -- it's a competitive advantage. And diversity encompasses not only gender, ethnicity and race, but also age, sexual orientation, work style and level, perspective, education and skills. Affinity groups help the company understand the concerns of diverse employee groups, identify organizational barriers and make positive changes to create a more inclusive culture. New this year: The online My Development professional development system offers links to the company's staffing, succession planning and performance management processes. The tool helps employees navigate the opportunities that exist in a technical, project or management path within the IT function or more broadly across the company. Through a five-step process, employees can assess their abilities against the required skills for various roles and build development plans to help improve their skills. Additionally, staffers can use their development plans to build or enhance their ongoing dialogue with their supervisors. My Development also provides IT managers with training and tools to enable them to have a more active role in their employees' development. Peer to peer: The IT Service Delivery Peer Recognition program enables employees to nominate colleagues in seven categories; cash awards are handed out at quarterly IT meetings. As part of the annual Performance Excellence event, select IT teams present their projects, and peers vote to determine which will receive awards in the areas of processes and tools, breakthrough results and best overall project.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 23

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 24,000

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 342

IT employee turnover in 2009: 11%

IT promotions in 2009: 24%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $1,000

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 34%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 32%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 17%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 15%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 18%