Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 86

Eastman Chemical Co.

Kingsport, Tenn. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 8 for career development New employees get acclimated quickly to the culture at this chemical firm in Kingsport, Tenn. The firm's newest employees participate in an onboarding program, which pairs the new employee with a mentor. As part of the development process, employees can work in various areas of the organization to build their experience. From infrastructure to applications, employees are given assignments in different areas to enhance their knowledge of company processes. Interested employees are also given opportunities outside of IT, in areas such as manufacturing, to enhance their skills. An IT development club gives newer employees a better understanding of the organization, helps them identify career opportunities and network with others to develop business relationships. Get healthy: The company also offers a variety of programs and services that focus on employee health and well-being, social activities and community service. The IT team has its own site on Eastman's intranet, with a section dedicated to learning and development opportunities. The listings direct employees to training courses, upcoming conferences, webcasts and other tools. Flexible or alternate work arrangements include standard workweeks compressed into fewer than five eight-hour days. Many employees choose to work four nine-hour days and one four-hour day.

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Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 24

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 8,718

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 323

IT employee turnover in 2009: 4%

IT promotions in 2009: 4%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 3

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $1,200

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 34%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 26%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 35%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 7%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 3%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 8%