Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 77

Paychex Inc.

Rochester, N.Y. [Middle Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

IT employees at this payroll accounting firm in Rochester, N.Y., give back with an annual charity poker tournament, with proceeds to support breast cancer research, Habitat for Humanity, and food and clothing drives. Every year, the IT department adopts families during the holidays, giving them food, gifts and refurbished PCs. Employees also formed a partnership with an inner-city school to encourage students with top grades to stay motivated; among other things, they helped the kids open and run a school store. Team-building activities in the IT department include friendly kickball tournaments and manager-provided luncheons. Winter fun A "Chill Out" holiday celebration featured snowmen scavenger hunts, winter Wii games and snowman-building on the grounds of the main IT facility. On Game Day, IT employees who hunt and fish bring in their best game dishes, and their colleagues taste them and vote for their favorites. Through the company's Active Health wellness program, employees have access to a health coach who helps them set health and fitness goals. They can also take advantage of confidential onsite health screenings, a free tobacco cessation program and online resources to help them manage their health. Active Health participants earn points that can be redeemed for up to $300 each year. For four years in a row, IT employees have participated in the company's Eat Well Live Well challenge, in which they strive to increase both the number of steps they take each day and the number of servings of fruits and vegetables they eat each day. This year, more than 200 IT employees on 12 teams participated.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 43

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 12,238

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 942

IT employee turnover in 2010: 4%

IT promotions in 2010: 19%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 15

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $1,275

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 35%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 33%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 36%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 8%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 2%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 9%