Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 37

Grant Thornton LLP

Chicago [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 9 for training This Chicago-based accounting firm works hard to recruit the right people. A job interview at Grant Thornton involves both peers and directors, and the people who are hired have undergone scrutiny that takes into account a range of factors, from skills and personality fit to the big-picture needs of the company as a whole. In addition to striving to hire the best people, Grant Thornton works hard to keep its employees in top form through training. Each employee has a goal of 40 hours of training per year. An online training calendar is updated before the start of each month, and it offers links to the schedule of sessions. Access to classes isn't limited to those in specific positions. Good food and fun Employees can enjoy some downtime with annual chili cook-offs and dessert competitions. Every quarter, the CIO invites a fresh subset of IT employees to attend the CIO Free Lunch. At the lunch, attendees are asked provocative questions, such as "How is your workload?" and "Do you have the tools you need to do your job?" The CIO recognizes good suggestions and quickly implements them. To encourage employees to thank their co-workers and recognize a job well done, the IT department developed a way to voluntarily track the sending and receiving of thank-you notes. The names of both senders and recipients are submitted for drawings in which the winners receive a gift cards. The company also created a program to highlight people with expertise in specific technologies. Those identified as subject matter experts through this program receive formal recognition, and IT workers are eager to be recognized through this program.

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Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 8

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 5,214

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 154

IT employee turnover in 2010: 22%

IT promotions in 2010: 6%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $2,000

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 34%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 44%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 30%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 27%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 23%

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