Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 40

Corning Inc.

Corning, N.Y. [Middle Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 3 for career development Diversity is important to this Corning, N.Y.-based maker of specialty glass and ceramics. Corning employees are diverse not only in terms of gender, ethnicity and race, but also in terms of age, sexual orientation, work styles, perspective, education and skills. Employees may join company-supported affinity groups, which help to identify organizational barriers and make positive changes to create a more inclusive culture. Manifest destiny An online professional development system known as My Development marked its second year of deployment in 2010. Available to all employees, My Development offers a single, global framework for professional development. It puts assessment and planning tools in the hands of employees, helping them take charge of their own career planning, with support from their managers. The system is integrated with Corning's staffing, succession planning and performance management processes. "Role profiles" provide the foundation for My Development by defining competencies and experiences required for success within functional job families, including the IT group. Using the system's five-step process, employees can independently navigate opportunities in technical or management paths within IT or within Corning as a whole. They can also assess their status with respect to the required competencies for various roles and build meaningful, actionable development plans tailored to their personal goals. One of the IT department's objectives in 2010 was to increase utilization of My Development, with the first step being completion of employee assessments. Another important feature of the system is that employees can use their personal development plans to enhance their ongoing dialogue with supervisors. Similarly, My Development provides IT managers with training and tools to help them play more active roles in their employees' development.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 25

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 26,000

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 359

IT employee turnover in 2010: 9%

IT promotions in 2010: 22%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 4

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $2,071

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 33%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 37%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 18%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 16%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 19%