Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 66

The George Washington University

Washington [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 7 for training IT has a full plate of tech projects at this Washington, D.C., university, which has more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in nine schools. The IT department works with students, staffers and faculty members to develop systems that support collaborative learning, innovative teaching and cutting-edge research. IT staffers serve nearly 28,000 university community members across three diverse campuses, taking care of the technology needs of classrooms, computer labs, research labs, residential halls, academic departments and event spaces. Their duties include deploying communication infrastructures, managing databases, installing software applications, designing Web sites, troubleshooting user problems and managing digital TV conversions. One of the university's most attractive perks is its tuition remission policy, through which faculty members and other employees and their families can take a wide range of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses at a significantly reduced cost. Staff and faculty members receive a discount of up to 96% on the full price of course tuition, and members of their families also enjoy nearly full tuition remission for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. The university's talent management program includes a menu of services for individuals who are outstanding performers.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 17

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 7,450

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 285

IT employee turnover in 2009: 9%

IT promotions in 2009: 3%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $5,000

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 33%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 40%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 31%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 42%