Best Places to Work in IT 2016 Employer Profile

No. 45, Large


Cincinnati, Ohio [North Central]
The Kroger Company
Credit: Paul Davis

Why you want to work there

The technology team at this Cincinnati-based grocery store chain aims to deliver innovative tools to both internal users and customers. Recent innovations include an online grocery shopping service called ClickList, mobile apps for shopping lists and store maps, and a service offering personalized digital coupons. Kroger's IT department holds departmentwide hackathons every few weeks and hosts regular meetups where employees discuss new technologies and new ways of working. A companywide conference brings developers and business partners together to brainstorm.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 441,500

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,737

IT employee turnover in 2015: 3%

IT promotions in 2015: 10%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2015: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2015: $806

PTO and Healthcare

Days of paid time off after one year of service: 18

Days of paid time off after 10 years of service: 23

Percentage of employee health insurance premium paid by employer: 70%