You don't find the usual suspects atop Computerworld's list "100 Best Places to Work in IT 2012." You won't find Google or Facebook on the list at all, nor Microsoft, Oracle or HP.
It drew the list from 375 nominated companies at least 50 IT employees and at least 300 employees overall. The magazine analyzed factors such as average salary and bonus increases, diversity in management positions, training opportunities and turnover rates. It also surveyed a sample of each organization's IT workers on factors such as job satisfaction and work/life balance.
You can click on the list of companies to read more about each one, though though those brief profiles often discuss benefits, such as training opportunities, tuition reimbursement — and even tuition for employees' children. Training is vitally important to IT workers as the landscape changes so rapidly around them.
But this list obviously isn't about all-night hack-a-thons and the intense startup culture such as Zynga's. (Is Zynga still considered a startup?)
It does include Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare, which takes care of my own family. I've been noticing all the technological advances there. It's nice to know it takes care of those IT workers as well.
Meanwhile, Matt Blumberg, co-founder and CEO of Return Path, is writing a seven-part series at Business Insider on making your company one of the best places to work.