Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 52

Quintiles Transnational Corp.

Durham, N.C. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

IT employees are set on the right career path at this contract research organization in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Its Career Navigator program helps staffers map out desired career paths within the IT organization, and its Job Exposure program lets staffers broaden their understanding of other IT disciplines. The company offers paid days off for community service, and an employee wellness program includes free and reimbursed programs for fitness and preventive care services, many of which are provided on-site at the company's U.S. locations. A community of IT Special IT activities include the monthly CIO-hosted "IT All-Hands" video meeting, designed to reduce geographical distances among employees in 37 countries, embrace cultural differences, and celebrate personal and team accomplishments. The company reimburses all regular, full-time employees who have completed a minimum of one year of continuous service up to $1,200 for approved computer hardware and software purchased for use in their homes. Quintiles' bonus plan was designed to reward employees for achieving and exceeding performance targets for their businesses, and all employees are eligible for cash bonus compensation. Under the plan, bonus "pools" are funded when performance meets or exceeds the 80% threshold for financial targets. In addition, the overall company operating cash-flow budget affects pool funding. Payment for staffers under the plan is targeted at 8% of salary.

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Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 13

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 6,556

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 321

IT employee turnover in 2010: 6%

IT promotions in 2010: 29%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 8

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $324

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 22%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 22%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 31%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 20%

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