Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 98

Avanade Inc.

Seattle [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 5 for career development The training programs at this Seattle-based IT services provider are top notch, featuring a curriculum that focuses on today's hottest technologies. The company's "Rapid Readiness" boot camps are designed to help IT workers get up to speed fast. Avanade pays for all technical certifications and actively encourages employees to earn professional certifications and expert designations. Employees can recognize the accomplishments of their peers by nominating them to receive awards offered through the Avanade Knowledge MVP Awards program and the Avanade Expert Network initiative. Employees like an "extended benefit" that is sometimes called the "gadget budget." Employees who are eligible for this perk may use money in an annual lump sum fund to purchase goods and services that support work/life balance, such as sporting goods, hobby equipment, gym memberships, some non-work-related classes, electronic equipment and more.

Rank by company size:
Small, No. 15

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 1,605

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 67

IT employee turnover in 2010: 8%

IT promotions in 2010: 22%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $1,224

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 10%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 12%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 10%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 21%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 8%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 29%