Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 88

Kraft Foods Inc.

Northfield, Ill. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

All employees at this food manufacturer in Northfield, Ill., stay connected via social media channels and collaboration tools, including audio and video podcasts. IT has been involved in developing creative initiatives, such as the "Bring Your Own Computer to Work" program. Through that program, employees purchase the computer they prefer and access the systems and tools they need to do their jobs. Employees receive stipends toward the purchase of computers, and they can take advantage of discounts on technology-related goods, including the latest productivity software. In another program, called Technology Ambassadors, IT employees become expert spokespeople for various technologies and share their knowledge with co-workers throughout the company. This program has become so popular that non-IT employees are joining in and sharing their technology expertise. Awesome awards Kraft offers companywide awards, and the IT department celebrates the achievements of its employees with its own formal and informal recognition efforts, which include awards and events. The achievements that IT honors are publicized in feature stories that appear on the company intranet.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 49

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 42,304

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 685

IT employee turnover in 2010: 6%

IT promotions in 2010: 5%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 4

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $3,650

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 39%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 30%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 41%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 27%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 19%

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