Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 75

Aflac Inc.

Columbus, Ga. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

The turnover rate in the IT department at this Columbus, Ga.-based insurance company is a low 5.6%, well below the industry average of 11%. Giving back to the community is part of the culture here: The Aflac Cares program recognizes employees for their volunteer efforts in the community. Each year, one employee is named Volunteer of the Year, and the company makes a cash donation to the winner's choice of charity. Employees frequently volunteer at the Aflac Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which was established in 1995 with a $3 million pledge from company executives. Since 1998, Aflac and its employees have donated more than $50 million to the center. IT's commitment: In 2009, the IT division raised almost $6,000 to purchase several consumer electronics products for the patients and staff, including a desktop computer, X-Box game systems, carts to hold the game systems so they can be easily wheeled in and out of patients' rooms, a TV, laptops, digital cameras, a camcorder and photo printers. The company provides paid time off for employees to participate in community volunteer activities. From 2005 to 2008, employees logged more than 30,500 hours in community service. Bonus bucks: Aflac gave employees a profit-sharing bonus in 2009, despite the downturn in the economy. The company has an employee recognition program called the Aflac Way Honors that's designed to motivate people by rewarding them for outstanding work.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 22

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 4,450

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 521

IT employee turnover in 2009: 6%

IT promotions in 2009: 6%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 7

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $2,741

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 26%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 25%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 26%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 34%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 19%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 38%