Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 97

Baker Hughes Inc.

Houston [South Central]

Why you want to work there

Skills training is fully supported -- and fully funded -- at this Houston-based oil field service company that has operations in more than 90 countries. The company pays for IT employees to take industry-standard certifications and fully reimburses them when certification exams are passed. IT employees also receive official recognition for their good work through a program that offers four levels of appreciation ranging from a thank-you card to bronze, silver and gold levels, which net employees monetary awards. Additional recognition is given through other media, including the company newsletter, town hall meetings and team meetings. Employee-led education: Training here is driven and managed by employees through formal performance contracts, which are developed by employees and their managers. The company also offers off-site external training, in-house training, job shadowing, online training and continuing education sponsorship.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 56

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 13,846

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 500

IT employee turnover in 2009: 15%

IT promotions in 2009: 6%


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: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 32%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 32%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 30%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 21%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 34%