Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 62

The Sherwin-Williams Co.

Cleveland [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Even in a tough economy, there's room for growth and advancement at this Cleveland-based paint manufacturer: 15% of the company's employees received promotions last year. Sherwin-Williams emphasizes training opportunities and teamwork, and last year all corporate IT leaders attended a communications course called Crucial Conversations. In one major IT initiative, three divisions worked together to standardize the entire company on the Lotus Notes e-mail platform. The company's Professional Apprentice Co-op Program gives 40 students a chance to work side by side with full-time employees. The company's corporate office has a fitness center, and many IT employees modify their schedules to accommodate daily workouts. The IT department has a dedicated engagement professional who ensures that employees optimize their career opportunities. The specialist conducts satisfaction surveys at least once a year, actively seeks feedback from staff, reviews and updates employees' planned career paths, offers career coaching services and suggests technical training opportunities. New to IT: In 2009, the IT department hosted informational town hall meetings quarterly and gathered feedback after each meeting with an online survey. This feedback was used to shape the agendas of subsequent meetings. Staffers were encouraged to attend the meetings and actively participate in the discussions. Every year, IT managers meet to discuss the organization and examine succession plans. High performers and employees who are deemed to have high potential are slated for the fast track.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 39

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 27,571

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 552

IT employee turnover in 2009: 5%

IT promotions in 2009: 15%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 7

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $922

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 30%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 15%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 30%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 27%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 9%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 29%