Raymond James, Moffitt Cancer Center on ComputerWorld's 'Best IT' workplaces
For the 16th year in a row, Computerworld conducted a survey to identify the 100 best places to work for IT (information technology) professionals.Well, score two winners in that 100 in the Tampa Bay area. Raymond James Financial was picked at No. 46. And Tampa's H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute was named No. 69.
ComputerWorld even explains why IT folks should work at these companies:
* Raymond James:"IT workers at this financial services firm in St. Petersburg, Fla., have plenty of perks. A securities discount reduces the amount employees pay for trade transactions, and the Employee Trading and Services Desk assists employees, their spouses and their children under 18 years of age with general and account-specific questions and requests. The firm also allocates a portion of profits to a general pool of money distributed to eligible employees." Read more here. (Photo shows Raymond James employee walking by one piece of company's extensive art collection: by Dirk Shadd of St. Petersburg Times.)
* Moffitt:"Moffitt, one of the National Cancer Institute's elite Comprehensive Cancer Centers, takes the worry out child care for its working families. Tampa, Fla.-based Moffitt partnered with Bright Horizons Family Solutions to offer the Back-Up Care Advantage Program, giving employees access to a national network of high-quality care for both children and elderly family members where and when they need it." Read more here. (Moffitt photo by Willie J. Allen Jr. of St. Petersburg Times shows Dr. Timothy Yeatman, chief scientific officer, with graduate student Cindy Timme.)
“What sets Moffitt apart is our passion and dedication to contributing to the prevention and cure of cancer,” said Mark Hulse, R.N., Moffitt’s chief information officer and vice president of information technologyin a statement released Tuesday by Moffitt.
Other Florida picks inthe IT 100 include JM Family Enterprises, Deerfield Beach, at No. 8; University of Miami, Coral Gables, at No. 10; Publix Super Markets, Lakeland, at No. 80; Adventist Health System, Winter Park, at No. 82, and Miami-Dade County, Miami, at No. 98. Here's the entire IT 100 list
How do lists like this one get assembled? In September 2008,Computerworld says it started accepting nominations from U.S.-based companies. Participants were asked to provide the name and contact information of an appropriate individual at the nominated company who was familiar with or had access to employment statistics and financial data, as well as information about benefits policies and programs for the IT department and the company as a whole.
In January 2009, the contacts at the nominated companies received a 75-question company survey asking about their organizations' average salary and bonus increases, percentage of IT staff 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 how each organization rewards outstanding performance, how their retention programs operate and what benefits they offer. Information from those surveys was used in compiling the 100 company profiles.
Who's No. 1? General Mills.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist