IDG’s Computerworld Announces Historical List of Best Places to Work in Technology; Exclusive Rankings Provide Unique View of Technology Workplaces Since 1994

FRAMINGHAM, MA -JUNE 3, 2002 – In a compelling review of the best U.S. companies for information technology (IT) workers across the past decade, IDG's Computerworld unveiled in May the first historical retrospective of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT. The new historical list is a unique aggregation of the companies that have figured most prominently throughout the nine-year history of the prestigious Best Places to Work rankings, and are available along with this year's U.S. and international rankings in the May 6, 2002, issue and online.


The Historical Top 100 U.S. Best Places to Work covers IT workplaces from 1994 to the present year, and chronicles the finest IT workplaces during an era which saw technology become indispensable to the national business culture. Despite popular conception, however, the companies included on the historical list demonstrate that the organizations providing ideal, challenging environments for their technology workers are not necessarily brash start-ups from the Internet or high-tech industries. Rather, in terms of criteria such as career development, benefits and hot projects, Computerworld found that organizations in industries including retail, financial services and insurance have raised the standards for what constitutes a model environment for IT workers.

The top 10 Historical U.S.-based Best Places to Work in IT since 1994 are as follows:

1. Home Depot Inc. Marietta, Ga.

2. PricewaterhouseCoopers New York

3. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Bentonville, Ark.

4. Sears, Roebuck and Co. Hoffman Estates, Ill.

5. UnitedHealth Group Inc. Minnetonka, Minn.

6. Comerica Inc. Auburn Hills, Mich.

7. FedEx Service Memphis, Tenn.

8. J.B. Hunt Transport Services Lowell, Ark.

9. Minnesota Life Insurance Co. St. Paul, Minn.

10. FleetBoston Financial Corp. Boston

"Technology workers are vitally important to the business missions of just about every industry today," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Our historical list shows the diverse range of companies that have been striving to create the kind of workplace that offers continued challenges and career opportunities to IT professionals."

Computerworld determined the historical top 100 U.S. companies by calculating the accumulated scores from the annual Best Places to Work surveys over the past nine years. Companies were ranked based on the number of times they appeared on the Best Places to Work list and then by their ranking in those years. In cases where companies had been named to the list an equal number of times, their accumulated placements were totaled, then divided by the number of years named.

To view the complete historical list of the Best Places to Work in IT or the complete U.S.-based and worldwide rankings, visit This site also features interactive charts and graphs with a comprehensive 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 Iain Pollock at (781) 915-5015 or

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

About IDG

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 (, 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