Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 64

Northern Trust Corp.

Chicago [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Diversity is a big issue at this company, which has operations in more than 40 countries and employees in 80 offices throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Employees at this Chicago-based multibank holding company can contribute to diversity and inclusion through their participation in various Business Resource Councils, including the Advancing Professionals Resource Council (for junior-level professionals), the Asian Leadership Council, the Black Business Resource Council and others. Membership across all resource councils is about 3,900 employees, or nearly 30% of the workforce. The company also offers multiple Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Councils -- one within each of the business units -- through which leaders across the globe help ensure that there is a focus on diversity and inclusion throughout all initiatives. To help narrow potential communication gaps with clients and colleagues and increase cultural competency, in 2009 Northern Trust's Global Diversity & Inclusion team began offering employees free access to the RosettaStone language training program. Today there are approximately 600 participants in the program, 104 of whom are in the IT department, learning one of 25 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi and Spanish.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 20

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 8,089

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,066

IT employee turnover in 2010: 3%

IT promotions in 2010: 6%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 2

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $413

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 29%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 25%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 34%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 23%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 36%