Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 50

Allstate Insurance Co.

Northbrook, Ill. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 9 for diversity IT employees at this Northbrook, Ill.-based insurance company get to see their hard work in action. When state-of-the-art, wireless-enabled mobile response units quickly serve customers in storm-ravaged areas or when a newly re-engineered claims system allows agents to quickly settle claims, IT can share in the success. IT employees see rewards internally, too. The team has been hard at work developing new ways to interact and connect with customers, such as Allstate's iPhone applications and the use of telematics to encourage safer driving. On-the-go workers: Employees are offered part-time schedules, job sharing, job rotations, compressed workweeks, and remote and telecommuting options, enabling them to work how, when and where they choose. Having access to everything they need -- from the latest technology to ergonomically correct office furniture in their homes -- supports their work/life balance. Allstate offers a variety of recognition programs, including an online system for peer recognition that lets employees use a personal recognition bank to award colleagues. The Great Performers program allows leaders to recognize individuals with a gift and personal letter. And the IT group's Innovation Lab encourages novel thinking by awarding points for innovative ideas that can be banked for prizes such as Wiis and iPods. A benefits program includes both profit-sharing and pension plans.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 30

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 33,551

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 3,846

IT employee turnover in 2009: 7%

IT promotions in 2009: 3%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $2,650

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 59%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 35%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 64%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 31%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 30%

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