Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 85

The University of Oklahoma

Norman, Okla. [South Central]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 7 for career development IT employees at this Norman, Okla., school, which attracts students from more than 100 countries, can work anywhere -- on campus and beyond -- through technology such as Web applications and smartphones. Life counseling: The IT department has an on-staff certified professional life coach and master neuro-linguistic programmer who meets with employees one-on-one and conducts group training events to help employees balance the demands of work with the needs of home and family. A shared-leave program lets workers donate paid time off to other employees who need extra days off for a medical or family emergency. Individual and team recognitions include celebratory luncheons, occasional dinners, a spring picnic (for staff) and a fall picnic (for staff and their families), team-building events, employee-of-the-month awards, an employee-of-the-year award and recognition on the internal Web site for exemplary work. IT staffers are also encouraged to attend technical conferences and classes, on-site training for new technology implementations, the university's online training courses, higher education, leadership and management conferences, and vendor-provided technology road map briefings. Other training includes ongoing in-house professional development training, for both technical and soft skills.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 50

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 14,268

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 309

IT employee turnover in 2009: 6%

IT promotions in 2009: 7%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $1,500

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 25%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 47%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 23%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 15%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 11%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 16%