Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 68

Publix Super Markets Inc.

Lakeland, Fla. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

In 2010, this supermarket operator in Lakeland, Fla., invested more than $16 million in IT capital projects, including the virtualization of servers, life-cycle replacement of retail IT equipment, the renovation and expansion of a data center, back-office enhancements such as telecommunications expense management, and the deployment of new applications for transportation management, merchandise planning and assortment, vendor management, pricing and promotion enhancements, and pharmacy operations. Piece of the pie Publix's employee stock ownership plan provides eligible full- and part-time employees with retirement savings at no cost to them. All full- and part-time employees are automatically enrolled in the plan after one year of service of 1,000 hours or more. Also, cash dividends on Publix stock held in the plan are paid directly to the participants. Publix contributed 8% of eligible 2009 wages to employees' accounts. Over the past five years, the growth of Publix stock has averaged 5% per year, and since the company's inception in 1959, the long-term growth of its stock has averaged 16% per year. On the way up In 2010, 54 IT employees (6.75%) were promoted. During the annual IT department meeting, awards are presented to individual IT employees and teams that have demonstrated outstanding performance in areas such as customer service, speed to market and team effort.

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Rank by company size:
Large, No. 39

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 148,000

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,021

IT employee turnover in 2010: 8%

IT promotions in 2010: 7%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 3

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $767

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 29%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 31%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 29%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 23%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 8%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 24%