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Computerworld Names the 2018 Best Places to Work in IT

(June 18, 2018)

The 25th annual Best Places to Work in IT list ranks the top 100 work environments for technology professionals

Boston, Mass., June 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IDG’s Computerworld – the leading technology media brand empowering enterprise users and their managers – is proud to announce the 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list (click to tweet). Each year, 100 organizations are selected based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training, and retention. To help determine the rankings, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT professionals focused on these key factors. Once the results are calculated, the winning organizations are broken down by size (large, midsize, small).

The organizations included in the 2018 list are heavily invested in their employees’ professional development and overall well-being. These businesses foster supportive and productive cultures, while providing the benefits and training programs that their employees value most. Topping this year’s list in the respective categories are Quicken Loans (large), Ultimate Software (midsize), and Cloud for Good (small).

“Over the past couple of years, we've seen a tight market for tech talent become even tighter,” said Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis. “Computerworld's 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list highlights that the companies offering the best working environments are not satisfied with rolling out one or two initiatives. They seek an edge in the talent marketplace through a combination of competitive salaries, great benefits, access to training, and the deployment of cutting-edge technologies.”



The Anatomy of a Winning Organization
Among the benefits that tech teams value most are health insurance, paid time off, 401(k)/403(b) plans or profit sharing, flexible hours, telecommuting, and bonuses. Best Places organizations understand this and have adjusted accordingly, with 100% offering health insurance, paid time off, and a 401(k)/403(b) plan; 99% providing flexible hours and telecommuting options, and 91% offering individual employee performance bonuses. Employees at these firms receive an average of 20 to 27 days of paid time off based on tenure.

To no surprise, employees place a high importance on their salary, with 97% of respondents listing fair compensation as an important aspect of their job. This sentiment is acknowledged by the Best Places organizations, as 90% have budgeted for salary increases for their tech staff for the current fiscal year. Furthermore, 82% of IT employees at the winning firms noted they were either “highly satisfied” or “satisfied” with their base salary.

Employee training is also a top priority shared by both organizations and staff. This is particularly significant as emerging technologies continue to shape the business landscape. According to IDG’s 2018 Digital Business research, third platform tools such as big data/analytics, mobile technology, and the cloud are driving digital success, ultimately leading to revenue growth for organizations. For IT professionals to progress and remain effective in their roles, they need to possess the latest skills and knowledge.

Specifically, 93% of employees stated that access to training and development programs is an “extremely important” aspect of their job. Best Places organizations clearly value their tech talent, as they spent an average of $1,940 per IT employee on training and offered those workers an average of 10 training days in the latest fiscal year. What’s more, 54% of the companies have plans to increase spending in this area next year. IT staffing numbers are expected to grow too, as 61% of organizations on the Best Places list plan to hire this year, with an average 10% staff increase expected.

These important programs and benefits have undoubtedly led to higher employee morale in the workplace, but workers also cited a host of less tangible factors that make their employers great, including accessible leaders, an emphasis on teamwork, policies that support work-life balance, and opportunities to give back to the community. Ninety-seven percent of employees reported they have a good relationship with their co-workers, 92% are proud to work for their organization, and 91% feel their organization is run ethically and honestly. It is evident that these organizations have created respectful and positive working environments where employees feel appreciated and fairly compensated for their efforts.

Get to Know the Top 100 Organizations
The complete 2018 Best Places to Work in IT report can be read on Computerworld.com. The website features articles profiling several winning organizations, a video highlighting standout benefits and perks offered by the top companies, and an archive listing all winners dating back to 1994.

Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT 2018:

Large Organization Rankings (5,000+ U.S. employees)
1. Quicken Loans
2. Owens Corning
3. VMware
4. Workday
5. Genentech
6. Applied Materials
7. DHL Express
8. Prudential Financial
9. Vanguard
10. Worthington Industries
11. Norton Healthcare
12. Altria Client Services
13. Discover Financial Services
14. Asurion
15. University of Notre Dame
16. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
17. Kaiser Permanente
18. Booz Allen Hamilton
19. Jet Propulsion Laboratory
20. Raytheon
21. International Paper
22. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
23. Navy Federal Credit Union
24. Motorola Solutions
25. Erickson Living
26. CDW
27. Nationwide Mutual Insurance
28. FedEx
29. Principal Financial Group
30. Johns Hopkins Medicine
31. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
32. Dignity Health
33. Portland State University
34. RSM US
35. Ascension
36. Monsanto
37. Humana
38. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
39. Memorial Healthcare System
40. SAS
41. MSC Industrial Supply
42. Sharp HealthCare
43. CA Technologies
44. Jack Henry and Associates
45. Cancer Treatment Centers of America
46. DriveTime
47. Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association)
48. Holman Enterprises
49. Zimmer Biomet
50. Carolinas HealthCare System
51. Mitre
52. Cedars-Sinai
53. Adventist Health System
54. Southern Co.
55. AFLAC (American Family Life Assurance Co.)
56. PricewaterhouseCoopers
57. Palmetto Health
58. Kroger Technology
59. University of Oklahoma

Midsize Organization Rankings (1,001 - 4,999 U.S. employees)
1. Ultimate Software
2. Enova International
3. Plante Moran
4. Credit Acceptance
5. Halifax Health
6. AARP
7. Illumina
8. Zebra Technologies
9. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
10. Datto
11. CME Group
12. CHG Healthcare
13. Informatica
14. Genesis HealthCare System
15. Baird
16. Janney Montgomery Scott
17. Avanade
18. American Fidelity Assurance
19. Matson
20. Workiva
21. Caesars Entertainment Services

Small Organization Rankings (1,000 or fewer U.S. employees)
1. Cloud for Good
2. Axxess
3. Sev1Tech
4. Dataprise
5. Commonwealth Financial Network
6. Secure-24
7. NCAA
8. NRECA
9. Infoverity
10. Connectria Hosting
11. Liquidnet Holdings
12. National Information Solutions Cooperative
13. Pariveda Solutions
14. oXya
15. Planned Systems International
16. MetroStar Systems
17. Avaap
18. CFA Institute
19. Paramount Software Solutions
20. Health Catalyst

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading technology media brand empowering enterprise users and their managers, helping them create business advantage by skillfully exploiting today's abundantly powerful web, mobile, and desktop applications. Computerworld also offers guidance to IT managers tasked with optimizing client systems — and helps businesses revolutionize the customer and employee experience with new collaboration platforms. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world's largest global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. Computerworld is published by IDG Communications, Inc. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

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About the Best Places to Work in IT list
The Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals by IDG's Computerworld. The list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

About IDG Communications, Inc.
IDG Communications connects the world of tech buyers with insights, intent and engagement. IDG Communications is the world’s largest media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. Our premium brands, including CIO®, Computerworld®, PCWorld® and Macworld®, engage the most powerful audience of technology buyers providing essential guidance on the evolving technology landscape. Our global data intelligence platform activates purchasing intent, powering our clients’ success. IDG Marketing Services creates custom content with marketing impact across video, mobile, social and digital.  We execute complex campaigns that fulfill marketers’ global ambitions seamlessly with consistency that delivers results and wins awards.  IDG is the #1 tech media company in the world, per comScore.*

*Source: comScore Media Metrix, Desktop Unique Visitors, Worldwide, January 2017

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