Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Best Places to Work in IT - 1

Article Title: The Best Places to Work in IT - 1
Author Byline: CareerAlley
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" The secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." Albert Einstein

As you've no doubt figured out by now, there is a list for everything. I'm not sure if it is just that the lists are more accessible via the Internet or if the Internet has inspired more lists (I'm sure it's a little of both). The IT list is provided by and I will feature it on this blog a few times a month as I work through the list. What I found interesting about the list is that some of the best places for IT are in non-technology companies. Feels counter-intuitive, but what do I know? There is a whole bag full of criteria used (click here to see the entire process), like diversity, training, career development, retention and benefits to name a few. As with other lists, whether you are #1 or #100 does not matter, that you made the list at all is simply amazing given the thousands of companies out there.

  • USAA - Ranked at #1, with over 21,000 employees and 10% of them in IT, USAA is a financial services company and offers such things as labs for its IT employees to test ideas. Their career site is fairly simple – Find Jobs dominates the page (and why not) with links for Corporate Careers, Customer Contact Careers and other links at the bottom. There are links on the right hand side of the page for a company overview as well as additional resources for job seekers. There were 99 job opportunities when I checked the site.

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. - This consulting company is ranked #2 and has 23,000 employees with 295 of them in IT. They hold regular seminars where their IT staff can exchange idea on emerging technologies with leading experts in the field. Their careers page has links on the left hand side of the page for Search, Featured Opportunities, Student Center and links to post your resume and profile. Center page is all about Booz Allen with career related links on the right hand side of the page. There were 1,068 job opportunities when I checked the site.

  • JM Family Enterprises Inc. - #3 is this automotive company. Promising IT ideas are funded internally and regular meetings are held to brainstorm new technology. They have over 3,700 employees with 340 of them in IT. Their careers page provides a brief overview of the company with links to their companies, their work/life program, benefits and current job openings. There were 130 job opportunities when I checked the site.

  • General Mills Inc. - Most of us have heard of General Mills which is ranked at #4 on this list. General Mills is best known for Betty Crocker, Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso and Cheerios brands. Their career page has links on the left for Job Search, Campus Events, Explore Careers and more. The middle of the page has a general overview of products. Clicking on Explore Careers will list all of the job functions at the company. Click on Job Search to register on the site or select search openings at the bottom which will return a search engine. There were 133 job opportunities when I checked the site.

  • University of Pennsylvania - Not a company at all (but definitely a place), but definitely well known and at the top of their list. Ranked at # 5. There are links on the left hand side for search for open positions, how to apply, benefits and more. The center of the page has similar links with Job Opportunities and then background on the University. Their are two choices – faculty (which I’m assuming you do not want) and staff positions. There were 350 staff job opportunities when I checked the site.

Good luck in your search.

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