Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 6

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia [Middle Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 2 for benefits, No. 4 for diversity This Ivy League university in Philadelphia offers a slew of work/family support programs: discounted services for the young and elderly, flex schedules, snow-day services, lunchtime lectures (from healthy living to financial planning), career support and more. The IT team is actively encouraged to use the school's tuition benefits. Penn runs two world-class museums -- the Museum of Archaeology/Anthropology and the Institute of Contemporary Art -- and admission is free for employees. Top-tier talent The university's "Models of Excellence" employee-recognition program rewards innovative and remarkable accomplishments and provides inspiring role models. Dozens of teams from all areas of Penn are nominated each year; only a handful of the most outstanding win. IT management actively nominates IT teams for this award, as do many of the IT group's clients, including vice presidents, deans and other senior leadership. Each member of a winning team receives a small cash prize, a Models of Excellence Award, and recognition throughout the university, including a universitywide ceremony and reception hosted by Penn's three top leaders. The IT team awards performance bonuses in recognition of outstanding performance and special efforts on projects or initiatives that result in significant service or financial value to Penn. Performance bonuses also are awarded for innovative individual accomplishments.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 5

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 16,300

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 282

IT employee turnover in 2010: 5%

IT promotions in 2010: 3%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $2,482

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 37%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 56%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 34%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 27%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 18%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 28%