Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 15

National Information Solutions Cooperative

Lake Saint Louis, Mo. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 1 for career development, No. 5 for retention, No. 6 for training Employees at this data-processing and billing service in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., keep it close and comfortable, enjoying a casual dress code year-round, collaborating on projects and getting to know one another better through meetings, internal forums, and numerous social and family events throughout the year. The CEO meets with new hires to welcome them to the organization. A technology loan program enables employees to purchase a computer and related equipment with an interest-free loan of up to $3,500. Employees can select from any seller or manufacturer or purchase the parts to build their own computers. The amount of the loan is then repaid through payroll deductions over the course of 24 months (or less). Comp control Each year, every employee is evaluated in a performance review based on job duties, projects and assignments. Employees receive a pay increase based on their score and placement in their salary grade. The higher the score, the higher the pay increase potential. Employees are also eligible for incentive bonuses: If the company exceeds its budgeted profit margin each fiscal year, then its margin (with a 3% salary cap) is given to employees in the form of an incentive bonus. Also, discretionary bonuses are awarded if an employee goes above and beyond regular work responsibilities.

Rank by company size:
Small, No. 3

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 826

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 302

IT employee turnover in 2010: 3%

IT promotions in 2010: 11%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 12

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $500

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 45%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 30%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 48%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 2%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 0%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 2%