Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 89

Paychex Inc.

Rochester, N.Y. [Middle Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

IT employees at this payroll accounting firm in Rochester, N.Y., hold an annual charity poker tournament to raise money for breast cancer research, Habitat for Humanity builds, and food and clothing drives. For years, the group has adopted families during the holidays, showering them with food, gifts and refurbished PCs. Helping the next generation: Last year, IT employees began a partnership with an inner-city school to help fifth- and sixth-grade students with top grades stay motivated. Employees helped these students open and run a school store, teaching them budgeting, marketing, procurement and general store management. On Game Day, IT employees who hunt and fish bring in their best game dishes for tasting and voting. The Fat-O-Rama challenges employees to lose weight amidst lots of good-natured trash talk. And the Culinary Smack-Down is a competitive cook-off that brings out a lot of pent-up culinary ambitions. A wellness program includes a coordinator who helps employees set health and fitness goals and develop a plan of action to achieve them. For three years in a row, IT employees have been active participants in the company's Eat Well, Live Well challenge to increase employees' number of daily steps and servings of fruits and vegetables. This year, nearly 300 IT employees on 12 teams participated in the eight-week challenge.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 51

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 12,283

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 845

IT employee turnover in 2009: 5%

IT promotions in 2009: 16%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 14

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $2,302

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 36%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 32%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 37%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 8%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 1%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 9%