IDG’S Computerworld Announces First-Ever Worldwide List Of Best Places To Work In Technology

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 7, 2002 — In a unique look at the best companies around the globe for information technology (IT) workers, IDG’s Computerworld today unveiled the first worldwide list of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT. The list, which includes companies such as Sweden’s Ikea IT, Siemens in Germany, and the Hong Kong Housing Society, is a one-of-a-kind collection of features that translate across borders, oceans and cultures to make a global Best Place to Work in IT. Despite regional and cultural differences, companies on the international list share more qualities than not, such as non-hierarchical work environments; a focus on career growth and skills development; and a commitment to work/life balance.

In addition to the worldwide list, Computerworld also issued its annual rankings of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT for U.S.-based companies. As the slowed U.S. economy continues to look for a rebound in the midst of staff reductions, the companies that topped Computerworld's U.S.-based list focused on areas they could more directly control — career development and flexibility. Among these companies, technology staff are viewed as individuals who need training for improved skills along with challenging projects that allow a balance between work and home.

The top 10 U.S.-based Best Places to Work in IT for 2002 are as follows:

1. University of Miami Coral Gables, Fla.

2. State Farm Insurance Cos. Bloomington, Ill.

3. Avon Products Inc. Rye, N.Y.

4. Fannie Mae Washington, D.C.

5. Cabot Corp. Boston

6. Home Depot Marietta, Ga.

7. Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Las Vegas

8. Reader's Digest Association Inc. Pleasantville, N.Y.

9. Comerica Inc. Auburn Hills, Mich.

10. National Information Solutions Coop. Mandan, N.D.

"From compensation to business structure to career development, flexibility is a core feature of the organizations across the globe included on our Best Places to Work list," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld in the United States. "Regardless of the location, companies where technology workers feel respected and valued as individuals scored high when salaries were frozen and stock options dried up. The top employers recognize the importance of striking a balance between work and home and enable employees to flex their intellectual muscles with challenging new projects."

"Computerworld is the only technology publication that has the global scope and editorial resources to complete this enormous project," said Kelly Conlin, president and CEO, IDG. "Computerworld was able to leverage its established network in more than 50 countries to develop the in-depth analysis required to define the best places to work in technology around the globe."

According to Computerworld's survey, experienced IT workers are motivated by more than big salaries, bonuses and benefits packages. Although pay remains important, the companies on this year's U.S.-based Best Places to Work list motivate employees with hands-on assignments working with hot new technologies. They offer employees interesting, meaningful learning opportunities and challenges. In addition, these employers are able to engage lower-level employees, who often have more technology savvy than managers and executives.

To view the complete worldwide list of the Best Places to Work in IT or the complete U.S.-based rankings, visit www.computerworld.com/bestplaces2002. This site also features interactive charts and graphs with an historical view of the annual corporate rankings, as well as regional and industry-specific lists. To speak to a Computerworld editor for more information, please contact Kristen Wylie at (781) 915-5024 or kwylie@marenghi.com.

About Computerworld

Based in Framingham, Mass., Computerworld, Inc. is a complete information services company for the IT Leader community, providing print and online publications, books, conferences and research services. The company's flagship weekly newspaper for IT Leaders has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper. With a circulation of 202,000, Computerworld has a total audience of 1,539,000, according to IntelliQuest CIM v.8.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community are available at www.computerworld.com.

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

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