Best Places to Work in IT 2013: Employer Scorecard

Find out which organizations that made the 2013 Best Places to Work in IT list offer the best benefits, training and more.

Employer scorecard
The best of the best

Computerworld's annual Best Places to Work in IT list seeks to find the top 100 U.S. workplaces for technology professionals, highlighting organizations that offer their IT staffs top benefits, competitive salaries, opportunities for training and advancement, interesting project work and more.

Our in-depth special report includes the complete list of 100 organizations, with a wealth of details about each.

Here we've gathered some highlights from the report, including the top 10 employers for benefits, training, retention, diversity and career development, as well as the average IT budgets, IT workweeks and more at the 2013 Best Places organizations.

Top 10 organizations for benefits
Benefits

Percentage of organizations on the 2013 Best Places list that offer the following:

  • Health insurance: 100%
  • Paid vacation: 100%
  • 401(k)/403(b) plan: 100%
  • Employee assistance program: 99%
  • Reimbursement for technology certifications: 98%
  • Corporate/employee wellness program: 97%
  • Pretax programs for uncovered medical expenses: 97%
  • Flexible hours: 95%
  • College tuition reimbursement: 93%
  • Telecommuting options for employees: 93%

 

Top 10 organizations for training
Training

Average number of training days for each IT employee in latest fiscal year: 6

Average cost per IT employee for all training in latest fiscal year: $2,040

Percentage of organizations that said their training budgets per IT employee will increase in 2013: 39%

Top 10 organziations for retention
Compensation
  • 95% of the organizations on the 2013 Best Places list have budgeted for salary increases for IT employees in 2013.
  • 86% have budgeted for bonuses for IT employees in 2013.
  • 98% contribute to employees' 401(k) or 403(b) plans.
To 10 organizations for diversity
Diversity

At the typical Best Place:

Women in IT

  • 31% of IT staffers (nonmanagers) are women.
  • 30% of IT managers are women.

Minorities in IT

  • 32% of IT staffers (nonmanagers) are minorities.
  • 21% of IT managers are minorities.
Top 10 for career development
Career development and communication

Percentage of organizations on the 2013 Best Places list that do the following:

  • Offer IT staffers formal mentoring programs: 70%
  • Survey IT staffers about job satisfaction once a year: 59%
  • Survey IT staffers about job satisfaction more than once a year: 21%
Hiring forecast at the Best Places
Staffing

Average IT staff turnover rate, latest fiscal year: 8.2%

Average percentage of IT staff promoted, latest fiscal year: 12.1%

The typical Best Place facts
Vacation

16 days of paid vacation are provided after one year of service, on average.

23 days of paid vacation are provided after 10 years of service, on average.

What they do - industries
Where they are

Percentage of 2013 Best Places organizations in the following U.S. regions:

  • North Central: 35%
  • South Atlantic: 24%
  • Mid-Atlantic: 13%
  • South Central: 12%
  • Pacific: 10%
  • Mountain: 3%
  • New England: 3%
Rankings by size: Top 10 large organizations
Education reimbursement

Among those organizations on the 2013 Best Places to Work in IT list that offer reimbursement for education expenses:

Average maximum that can be reimbursed per employee per year for college tuition: $6,198

Average maximum that can be reimbursed per employee per year for technology certifications: $5,471

Average maximum that can be reimbursed per employee per year for continuing education/executive education programs: $6,399

Rankings by size: Midsize organizations
Health insurance

80% of organizations on the 2013 Best Places to Work in IT List offer health insurance to part-time employees.

87% offer employees a choice of health plans.

99% offer dependent healthcare coverage.

82% of health insurance premiums are paid for by the organization, on average.

Rankings by size: Small organizations
Additional medical benefits

Percentage of organizations on the 2013 Best Places list that offer the following:

  • Dental: 100%
  • Vision: 100%
  • Mental health services: 99%
  • Fertility services: 71%
  • Alternative treatment options: 68%
Repeat appearances
20 years of Best Places

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT list. As the slide at left shows, many organizations make the list year after year: 140 have appeared on the list at least five times, 35 have made it to the list at least 10 times, and six have appeared on the list an impressive 15 or more times.

(Note that not all organizations that have made it to the list choose to participate every year.)

To dig into 20 years of Best Places to Work in IT lists, see our searchable, sortable Best Places archives.

Overacheivers and great performers
Best Places standouts

When an organization appears near the top of the Best Places list in multiple years, it's time to sit up and take notice. Here are some great performers (organizations that have placed in the top five a total of five times or more) and overachievers (those that have earned the No. 1 spot at least three times).

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