Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 55

Eastman Chemical Co.

Kingsport, Tenn. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

The newest employees at this chemical firm in Kingsport, Tenn., go through a formal yet flexible on-boarding program. The employee's entire workgroup is involved, and the new hire is also paired with a mentor. As part of the development process, employees can work in various areas of the organization to build their experience, and interested employees are also given opportunities outside of IT, in areas such as manufacturing, to enhance their skills. An IT Development Club gives newer employees a better understanding of the organization, helps them identify career opportunities and network with others to develop business relationships. The club hosts informational speakers -- usually top IT leaders -- and social events where employees can enjoy activities such as bowling or hiking. Fluid schedules Flexible or alternate work arrangements include standard workweeks compressed into fewer than five eight-hour days. Many employees choose to work four nine-hour days and one four-hour day. The company also caters to diverse interests through clubs such as the Eastman Professional Development Club, International Club and various recreation clubs. An annual merit review process awards pay increases based on individual performance and an employee/team recognition directly links rewards and recognition to short-term employee contributions to business objectives.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 15

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 8,633

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 320

IT employee turnover in 2010: 3%

IT promotions in 2010: 9%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $2,400

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 22%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 7%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 3%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 8%