Best Places to Work in IT 2021

The world of work has changed but what has this meant to job expectations? In our 28th annual Best Places to Work in IT report, we reveal what IT pros really want from their job and which employers are investing in their futures.

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The 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2021

Large organization rankings (5,000 or more U.S. employees)

1 Owens Corning Toledo, Ohio
2 Genentech South San Francisco, Calif.
3 Red Hat Raleigh, N.C.
4 Vanguard Malvern, Pa.
5 The Hartford Hartford, Conn.
6 Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG) Lowell, Mass.
7 Navy Federal Credit Union Vienna, Va.
8 Worthington Industries Columbus, Ohio
9 Asurion Nashville, Tenn.
10 Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) Laurel, Md.
11 Altria Group, Inc. Richmond, Va.
12 Booz Allen Hamilton McLean, Va.
13 Amedisys Baton Rouge, La.
14 Tractor Supply Company Brentwood, Tenn.
15 Applied Materials, Inc. Santa Clara, Calif.
16 Aflac Columbus, Ga.
17 Erickson Senior Living Catonsville, Md.
18 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Durham, N.C.
19 San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company San Diego
20 Zimmer Biomet Warsaw, Ind.
21 VMware Palo Alto, Calif.
22 Discover Financial Services Riverwoods, Ill.
23 Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.
24 Southern Company Atlanta
25 Portland State University Portland, Ore.
26 Motorola Solutions, Inc. Chicago
27 RSM US LLP Chicago
28 Liberty Mutual Insurance Boston
29 Principal Financial Group Des Moines, Iowa
30 Sharp HealthCare San Diego
31 International Paper Memphis, Tenn.
32 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Ind.
33 CDW Lincolnshire, Ill.
34 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Columbus, Ohio
35 FedEx Corporation Memphis, Tenn.
36 Atrium Health Charlotte, N.C.
37 Health Care Service Corporation Chicago
38 Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, Calif.
39 Total Quality Logistics Cincinnati
40 Johns Hopkins Medicine Baltimore
41 MSC Industrial Direct Co. Melville, N.Y.
42 AdventHealth Altamonte Springs, Fla.
43 Kaiser Permanente Oakland, Calif.
44 MITRE McLean, Va.
45 Banner Health Phoenix
46 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia
47 Select Medical Mechanicsburg, Pa.
48 Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Atlanta
49 CSX Jacksonville, Fla.
50 Fannie Mae Washington, D.C.
51 The Kroger Co. Cincinnati
52 Holman Enterprises Mount Laurel, N.J.
53 ADM Chicago
54 Oshkosh Corporation Oshkosh, Wis.
55 United Parcel Service, Inc. Atlanta
56 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Information and Technology Washington, D.C.


Midsize organization rankings (1,001 – 4,999 U.S. employees)

1 FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Washington, D.C.
2 Align Technology San Jose, Calif.
3 VyStar Credit Union Jacksonville, Fla.
4 Plante Moran, PLLC Southfield, Mich.
5 DriveTime Automotive Group Tempe, Ariz.
6 Informatica Redwood City, Calif.
7 National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) Lake St. Louis, Mo.
8 Credit Acceptance Southfield, Mich.
9 Enova International, Inc. Chicago
10 Zebra Technologies Corporation Lincolnshire, Ill.
11 Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Philadelphia
12 Workiva Ames, Iowa
13 Genesis HealthCare System Zanesville, Ohio
14 Nuance Burlington, Mass.
15 Avery Dennison Corporation Glendale, Calif.
16 AARP Washington, D.C.
17 ChenMed, LLC Miami Gardens, Fla.
18 CME Group Chicago
19 American Fidelity Assurance Company Oklahoma City, Okla.
20 Miami University Oxford, Ohio


Small organization rankings (1,000 or fewer U.S. employees)

1 Baxter Credit Union (BCU) Vernon Hills, Ill.
2 Cloud for Good Asheville, N.C.
3 KnowBe4 Clearwater, Fla.
4 Railinc Corp. Cary, N.C.
5 Axxess Dallas
6 American Academy of Family Physicians Leawood, Kan.
7 Dataprise Rockville, Md.
8 Planned Systems International, Inc. Arlington, Va.
9 OCLC, Inc. Dublin, Ohio
10 MetroStar Systems, Inc Reston, Va.
11 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Arlington, Va.
12 NTT Managed Services Southfield, Mich.
13 Association of American Medical Colleges Washington, D.C.
14 IT Convergence Irving, Texas
15 Resultant* Indianapolis
16 Sprinklr, Inc. New York
17 Armor Richardson, Texas
18 Avaap USA, LLC Edison, N.J.
19 Accelirate, Inc. Sunrise, Fla.
20 Dedicated IT Lake Park, Fla.
21 Connectria LLC St. Louis
22 Nitel Chicago
23 Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Fargo, N.D.
24 Edafio Technology Partners North Little Rock, Ark.
  *Formerly KSM Consulting  

Best Places to Work in IT: Our methodology

Insider Pro and Computerworld conducted the 28th annual survey from IDG to identify the 100 best places to work for IT professionals. In November 2020 Insider Pro and Computerworld started accepting nominations from U.S.-based organizations and from non-U.S.-based employers that met the following criteria: Nominated organizations were required to have a minimum of 300 total employees at a U.S. headquarters and a minimum of 30 IT employees in the U.S., with at least 50 percent of IT employees based in the U.S.

Participants were asked to provide contact information for the person at their organization who is familiar with or has access to employment statistics and financial data, as well as benefits policies and programs for the IT department and the entire organization.

In January 2021 the contacts at the nominated organizations received a 52-question company survey asking about average salary and bonus increases, percentage of IT staffers promoted, IT staff turnover rates, training and development, and the percentage of women and minorities in IT staff and management positions. In addition, information was collected on the employer’s retention programs, methods of rewarding outstanding performances, and benefits ranging from elder care and child care to flextime and reimbursement for college tuition and the costs of earning technology certifications.

Upon completion of the company survey, participants were instructed to select a random sample of employees from their U.S.-based full- and part-time IT staffs for participation in an employee survey. All participating companies were emailed instructions regarding sample selection as well as a unique survey link to share with employees. Topics covered in the employee survey included satisfaction with compensation and benefits, training and development programs, and work/life balance. In addition, employees were asked to rate employee morale in the IT department, the importance of various benefits, and their level of agreement with a variety of statements on topics ranging from career growth to management’s fair and equal treatment of employees.

A total of 21,820 IT employees responded to the employee survey from the final 100 organizations selected as best places to work for IT professionals.

The nomination survey, company survey and employee survey were all conducted online. The responses to the company and employee surveys were collected and tabulated by a third-party research vendor. The company portion of the research was closed in February 2021, and the employee survey portion was closed in March 2021.

In scoring the responses from the company and employee surveys, company results were weighted based on the importance ratings provided by respondents to the employee survey. Approximately half of the total scoring was based on employee responses, with the remaining half based on the survey of the company’s benefits and other programs.

Top 10 Lists

Our top 10 lists show the best of the best — the organizations that excel in these five areas of human resources: career development, benefits, retention, diversity, and training. To determine those lists, we considered the following factors:

Benefits: The range of benefits offered, including sabbaticals, elder care and childcare, and health and vision plans; employee satisfaction with the range of benefits.

Career development: Mentoring programs; tuition reimbursement for college classes and technical certifications; promotions within IT; employee satisfaction with tuition reimbursement, opportunities for career growth and management’s involvement in career development.

Diversity: Percentage of women and minorities in staff and managerial positions; employee perceptions that management treats everyone fairly regardless of race or gender.

Retention: Frequency of employee satisfaction surveys; turnover rate; promotions; morale; employee satisfaction with work/life balance, sabbaticals, job-sharing and telecommuting programs.

Training: Number of training days; training budget; employee satisfaction with training and access to training; satisfaction with reimbursement for certification training; satisfaction with continuing education programs.

The survey process was managed by Jen Garofalo, research director in IDG’s Insights and Performance Marketing group, working with independent firm Research Results.


Download the Best Places to Work in IT 2021 report as a PDF to see which U.S. organizations are the Best Places to Work in IT, and how we chose them.

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