International Data Group Named “One of the Best Places to Work” by the Boston Business Journal

BOSTON, MA – MAY 19, 2005 – Boston Business Journal (BBJ) has named International Data Group (IDG) one of the Best Places to Work in Massachusetts, in its third annual regional awards program. The award recognizes the company’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture.

IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and event company, was one of more than 240 companies to qualify for consideration, making the top 20 list in its size category based on the results of employee-satisfaction surveys taken throughout the spring.

"Since its founding in 1964, IDG has strived to be a leader in investing in our employees through training, promoting from within, employee ownership, and a commitment to excellence in all we do," said Patrick McGovern, Founder and Chairman of IDG. "We are gratified by the recognition given to IDG based on the Boston Business Journal's employee satisfaction surveys." IDG employs 1,000 people in Massachusetts.

Companies were evaluated on the results of more than 18,000 employee-satisfaction surveys. Employees answered questionnaires that addressed such factors as: their pride in the company, company encouragement, support and recognition of achievement, and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. The results were analyzed and scored by assigning points to each question.

The top 20 companies in three size categories — small (20-100 employees), midsize (101-500 employees) and large (over 500 employees) — will be profiled in a special supplement of the Boston Business Journal issued on June 24.

“Accommodating employees’ personal needs pays back dividends of loyalty and productivity,” noted BBJ publisher Mike Olivieri. “The companies on our list recognize that their commitment to employees is especially important as the economy strengthens and competition for talent continues to grow.”

Olivieri continued, “The Best Places to work are all winners because they acknowledged that the care of their employees is instrumental in maintaining the quality and reputation for services and products.”

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO®, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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