Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 57

Monsanto Co.

St. Louis [North Central]

Why you want to work there

IT employees at this biotechnology company in St. Louis are recognized for their good work. Programs include informal, grassroots recognition, as well as highly structured, functionwide recognition. The IT department also offers opportunities through its Leadership Development Forum, created to help high-potential IT employees enhance their leadership skills and develop relationships through discussion, studying books on leadership, reviewing business case studies and listening to speakers who come to talk about their leadership journeys. Red carpet The annual Monsanto IT Recognition Award ceremony focuses on the top two tiers of recognition in Monsanto IT: the Incredible Talent Award and the Value Award. The Incredible Talent Award spotlights IT employees who have been at Monsanto at least six year and have consistently demonstrated strong performance during that time. Value Awards recognize exceptional individual or team accomplishments. The companywide Rapid Recognition Awards program provides managers and peers alike with the opportunity to quickly and easily recognize someone for exceptional performance. Winners receive a letter of recognition, a gift check and a glass cube engraved with the Monsanto logo. Monsanto also celebrates employees' years of service by presenting awards for various service milestones. Employees are eligible for their first service award after five years of employment, and at five-year intervals thereafter.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 33

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 20,500

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 804

IT employee turnover in 2010: 13%

IT promotions in 2010: 6%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $933

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: 27%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 18%

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