Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 34

Altria Group Inc.

Richmond, Va. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 4 for career development IT workers at this Richmond, Va.-based tobacco company like challenges. In fact, the IT team was recently awarded the RichTech Technology Builder Award for providing clients with IT systems that drive business or operational efficiencies. RichTech is a local IT professional organization that promotes central Virginia as a technology center. Altria's major IT initiatives include relocating the company's data center to a state-of-the-art green facility, delivering new Web-based sales systems to support the field salesforce, and optimizing manufacturing systems. Get smart Through the company's IT University, employees can earn project management or business analyst certifications, take courses on specific IT-related subjects, and develop business skills such as leadership and communication capabilities. Financial perks include a deferred profit-sharing program. After one year of service, employees are eligible for a company contribution to their account that ranges from 10% to 15% of their base salary. They aren't required to contribute anything to receive that contribution, although employees can contribute a maximum of 15% of their eligible compensation as a before-tax or after-tax contribution. The company's recognition program rewards employees for achievements that have a positive impact on the business. The program's monetary awards range from $200 to $4,200.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 7

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 8,792

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 290

IT employee turnover in 2010: 2%

IT promotions in 2010: 20%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 7

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $2,413

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 37%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 38%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 37%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 28%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 20%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 31%