Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 81

Erickson Living

Catonsville, Md. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

The IT department at this Baltimore-based operator of retirement communities is at the center of fun activities. The group created the "Fun Committee," which organizes a variety of events throughout the year, including potluck lunches, pancake breakfasts, tailgate parties and Purple Fridays in support of the Baltimore Ravens. The committee has also sponsored cubicle-decorating and ugly-sweater contests during the annual holiday luncheon. Group construction projects Erickson allows each employee to take up to 40 hours of paid time off each year for volunteer work. More than a dozen employees of the company's corporate IT department volunteered to participate in a Habitat for Humanity home-building project during the organization's 17th annual Summer Building Week. As for compensation, the company has a performance-based bonus plan and offers annual merit increases that are tied directly to an employee's performance. Value plans reward contributions to the company's success with additional compensation beyond base salary and bonus pay.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 47

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 12,261

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 77

IT employee turnover in 2010: 18%

IT promotions in 2010: 4%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 7

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $3,636

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 36%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 31%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 31%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 24%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 35%