Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 61

Transocean Ltd.

Houston [South Central]

Why you want to work there

This deep-water drilling company, with U.S. headquarters in Houston, maintains a four-and-a-half-day workweek. Employees' regular schedules include a nine-hour workday Monday through Thursday and a half-day on Friday. The IT department has both formal and informal recognition programs and practices, including a "Wall of Honor" where individual excellence is celebrated by having an employee's certificate of outstanding work posted in the center of the department's workspace. When appropriate, the department awards restricted stock on the spot for individual excellence. Annual bonuses are awarded for achieving goals, and senior IT staffers are eligible to receive restricted stock awards. Other forms of recognition include trophies, gift certificates and letters of appreciation. Leadership track The department's policy is to promote from within whenever a qualified candidate has been identified, and promotion to management positions is based on leadership skills rather than just technical excellence. Other benefits include a 401(k) program with a 100% matching contribution for the first 6% of the employee's contribution, an employee pension plan, comprehensive medical and dental plans, tuition reimbursement, bonus plans and a long-term incentive plan for eligible managers.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 17

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 3,396

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 131

IT employee turnover in 2010: 8%

IT promotions in 2010: 10%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $3,015

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 24%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 21%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 25%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 40%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 21%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 45%