Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 75

Aflac Inc.

Columbus, Ga. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

This Columbus, Ga.-based insurance company knows that employees can help one another succeed. Its TEACH mentoring program enables employees to take active roles in their development and opens doors to discussions between managers and employees about development, performance and succession planning. Employees are encouraged to team up with mentors who can help them identify the skills they need, not only in their current jobs, but also in future roles. This grassroots initiative, developed by a cross-functional team of managers, is supported through the TEACH online community, which is a collaborative place to connect, get information, share experiences and grow professionally. Good to be green Aflac's ongoing education initiatives teach about the importance of conservation and encourage employees to reduce consumption of resources by incorporating green practices into daily activities. Each building has recycling bins for cans, plastic, paper, and Styrofoam cups and containers. Printers and copiers are set to print on both sides by default to save paper, and task chairs and flooring materials are made from recycled materials. The company has also earned Energy Star recognition for two of its five campus buildings. In 2008, Aflac joined Georgia's Clean Air Campaign to help reduce traffic and improve air quality by promoting commuting alternatives to its employees. The company's carpooling program typically removes 86 cars from the road each workday. Employees who carpool to work are rewarded with premium parking.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 24

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 4,232

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 480

IT employee turnover in 2010: 9%

IT promotions in 2010: 4%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 8

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $2,733

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 26%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 27%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 26%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 31%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 18%

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