Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 71

Northwestern Mutual

Milwaukee [North Central]

Why you want to work there

This Milwaukee-based life insurance company offers employees both a fully funded defined benefits pension plan and a 401(k) defined contribution plan, with a 50% match on the first 6% that an employee contributes. An on-site health clinic is staffed by a physician, nurse practitioners and registered nurses to treat basic and urgent-care conditions, with a focus on the healthy lifestyles and personal well-being. There are also more than 25 employee clubs offering company-subsidized activities across a broad range of interests, from sports and hobbies to professional growth. Other benefits include an on-site fitness center, adoption assistance, transportation assistance, educational assistance, discount and rebate programs, and laundry, photo, shipping and auto services. The company also values networking and mentoring and offers a business lunch program at no cost to employees and contract staffers, as well as a reduced-cost breakfast program. Business focus The company is currently developing a program designed to increase employees' business knowledge. The IT department also offers a formal job-rotation program, job-shadowing opportunities and collaboration activities with business partners.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 22

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 4,959

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,227

IT employee turnover in 2010: 6%

IT promotions in 2010: 5%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 2

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $1,630

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 37%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 36%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 37%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 12%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 5%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 13%