Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 65

Health Care Service Corp.

Chicago [North Central]

Why you want to work there

High-performing IT employees at this Chicago-based health insurer can win STARS awards each year. In 2010, IT awarded more than $600,000 to individuals and teams that went above and beyond their regular job duties. Healthy starts The company continually creates campaigns and programs centered on health and wellness. In 2011, the company has a goal to lose 30 tons of personal weight, or 4 pounds per person. Employees voluntarily take part and track their weight via an online tool. Weight Trek, a 12-week weight management program, was designed to get employees on the path to healthy weight loss. Emails are sent to program participants on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with tools, tips and testimonials to keep them motivated and focused on their goals. Also, the Chicago headquarters building renovated its cafeteria in January, offering more healthy choices, including foods moderate in calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium. A drop-in clinic at the Chicago headquarters is staffed by a part-time physician, nurse practitioner and nurse. Also available are state-of-the-art fitness centers and a wellness reward of $200 for employees who track their workouts via an online database, take a health assessment online and get a routine physical.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 37

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 16,162

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 2,126

IT employee turnover in 2010: 7%

IT promotions in 2010: 6%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $496

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 33%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 28%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 41%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 27%

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