Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 22

Palmetto Health

Columbia, S.C. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Money talks at this not-for-profit healthcare system in Columbia, S.C., where IT staffers are rewarded for their hard work through merit pay increases and internal promotions. Within the past year, the IT department has promoted 11 employees internally. The company also has several nontraditional employee recognition initiatives. Thank-you notes acknowledging employees' outstanding performance are handwritten by company leaders, who can also recommend that an employee receive a letter at home from the CIO or CEO to highlight extraordinary work. "Kudos" for outstanding performance are posted on the internal IT website. The IT Employee of the Quarter program highlights outstanding contributions, and the recipient is recognized during the quarterly department meeting and receives a $250 award, framed certificate and dedicated parking space for the quarter. Employees exhibiting exemplary standards of behavior can be nominated for organizationwide recognition. The selected employees are honored in front of more than 800 leaders at the organization's quarterly leadership meeting, and the employees' pictures are displayed on the company's internal website.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 4

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 9,991

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 170

IT employee turnover in 2010: 5%

IT promotions in 2010: 7%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 7

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $1,052

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 48%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 50%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 21%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 11%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 23%