Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 11

American Fidelity Assurance Co.

Oklahoma City [South Central]

Why you want to work there

IT projects that support corporate goals and are cost-justified are approved by a cross-divisional and multidisciplined group at this health and insurance company, based in Oklahoma City. This focus lets IT manage resources effectively and ensures that efforts are expended in the right areas. A project portfolio management tool provides improved visibility and tracking of initiatives within the division. The company has adopted an updated project methodology based on agile development principles; several projects use the methodology, which blends with the company's project management philosophy and is incorporated into systems development. Perks aplenty The company also offers flexible schedules and alternative work hours, plus a fitness center with classes, a personal trainer and a host of equipment. The all-colleague bonus was instituted as the owner's way of saying "thank you" to all employees for helping the company achieve stated financial goals. IT staffers are recognized in front of executive and divisional management for their contributions. IT managers reserve a certain percentage of the division's budget for monetary awards for employees who exhibit outstanding performance in either systems work or customer service.

Rank by company size:
Small, No. 2

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 1,515

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 150

IT employee turnover in 2010: 4%

IT promotions in 2010: 5%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $2,064

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 31%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 26%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 33%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 17%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 22%

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