Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 58

The Sherwin-Williams Co.

Cleveland [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Take a job at this Cleveland-based paint manufacturer and stay for the long haul. Employees are provided with career growth opportunities and are encouraged to pursue additional education and training. Work/life balance initiatives include a normal workweek of 37.5 hours. Welcome to the team The CIO meets with each new hire to get to know them personally. A professional apprentice program has an average of 40 students working side by side with full-time employees, traveling with them to help with projects and working up to 34 hours per week for as long as they are attending school with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. The corporate office has a 10,000-square-foot wellness center with two exercise specialists available to help employees work toward their health goals. The company gives employees the opportunity to work out during work hours. On a quarterly basis, the IT department hosts informational town hall meetings at which it updates employees on current and future IT initiatives, and individuals from other departments are invited to share what they are doing. Every year, IT managers meet to discuss succession planning. High-potential and high-performing employees are slated for a fast-track promotion program that offers them opportunities to take on challenging projects and participate in executive education programs.

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Rank by company size:
Large, No. 34

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 29,220

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 586

IT employee turnover in 2010: 8%

IT promotions in 2010: 3%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 7

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $1,038

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 28%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 15%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 23%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 13%

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