Health Care Service Corporation Named Among Best Places to Work in IT
IDG's Computerworld has named Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, as one of the best places to work in information technology (IT). The award recognizes companies that excel in creating a dynamic work environment with career development opportunities, continuous training, retention efforts, great benefits and an appreciation for diversity. HCSC is a customer-owned company and also operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, New Mexico and Texas.
"In this post health care reform environment, it is now more important than ever to have a high performance IT department at HCSC," says Brian Hedberg, HCSC's chief information officer. "Our IT employees have a track record of success when it comes to enabling the business to save our members money through innovative technology initiatives, and it is imperative to reward their hard work so they continue to make health care simpler, more affordable and more accessible."
The survey looks at the organizations' training and development, average salary increases, percent of staff promoted, turnover rates, and the percentage of women and minority staff in management in IT departments. In addition, information is collected on each organization's projects, mentoring programs and benefits including elder care, childcare and flextime. Employees are surveyed on management satisfaction, benefits, workplace culture, compensation and job duties.
"To be among the Best Places to Work in IT, it's not enough just to seek out and hire the most talented IT people, offer them competitive pay and provide great benefits," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "The organizations that made this year's Best Places to Work list sustain a dynamic work environment in which IT professionals keep their hands on the latest technologies and work on projects that are business critical."
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (www.computerworld.com ), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ editions) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including 13 American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2009, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,059,000 readers each issue (IntelliQuest CIMS Fall 2009). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com .
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About Health Care Service Corporation
Health Care Service Corporation is the country's largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall, with 12.4 million members in its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. A Mutual Legal Reserve Company, HCSC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. HCSC has a rating of AA- (Very Strong) from Standard and Poor's, A1 (Good) from Moody's and A+ (Superior) from A.M. Best Company.