Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 77

Discover Financial Services

Riverwoods, Ill. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

The perks are plentiful at this Riverwoods, Ill.-based financial services firm. Work/life balance programs include flexible scheduling, 25 days of paid time off at hiring, a relaxed dress code and a focus on career development. At company headquarters, where the majority of IT staffers work, employees enjoy an 80-acre campus with a 1.8-mile running trail and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. Campus buildings are connected via an enclosed climate-controlled overhead pedestrian walkway. The employee service pavilion houses a 19,000-square-foot fitness center with 116 pieces of equipment, and a cafeteria that seats 800 with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a pond and prairie-like landscaping. Food fantasies: In the cafeteria, stations offering made-to-order food feature Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian and grilled cuisines, plus sushi, sandwiches and salads, pasta and pizza. Breakfast and lunch are served daily. For those employees in need of either a quick meal or snack, there are two "grab and go" snack shops that offer a menu of breakfast, lunch and snack items, as well as greeting cards and stamps. The campus has a sick bay with a full-time physician's assistant, as well as an on-site pharmacy. Other perks include free wellness screenings, dry cleaning services, package mailing, intranet classified ads and a dollar-an-hour chair massage service once a week from a certified massage therapist.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 46

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 10,493

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,057

IT employee turnover in 2009: 18%

IT promotions in 2009: 10%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 4

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $697

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 31%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 36%

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: 13%

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