RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 14 QuintilesTransnational Corp. has been named to Computerworld magazine's 2008 list ofthe "100 Best Places to Work in IT." Each year, the magazine publishes theresults of its Best Places to Work in IT survey recognizing the top 100companies in the United States that offer their IT staff a challenging andsatisfying work environment.
Quintiles enters the Computerworld 100 Best Places list at number 37, thefirst time the company has made the annual ranking. Quintiles is the onlymajor contract research organization (CRO) in the 2008 report and is one ofonly three North Carolina-based companies on this year's list.
"Needless to say, we are very gratified by this honor," says QuintilesExecutive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bill Deam. "It isconcrete evidence that our efforts to make Quintiles an attractive destinationfor the best IT professionals in the business are paying off.
"I believe the best and brightest in the IT field are attracted to thefact that we are willing to embrace new technologies and try new approaches inorder to meet the growing demand for our services," Deam concludes.
Quintiles Chief Technology Officer Richard Thomas says culture is a keydriver for the company's IT endeavors. "Our success is based on theperformance driven, yet innovative and customer-centric culture that we havecreated," Thomas explains. "The team understands that they can and do make adifference. This award is tremendous recognition for the talent, passion andcommitment each and every one in the group brings. We have something veryspecial here."
According to Computerworld, more than 31,000 IT professionals from the 100company finalists responded to its comprehensive questionnaire regardingcompany offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, careerdevelopment, training and retention.
"The competitive edge sought by the best and smartest companies is nolonger information technology itself," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief ofComputerworld. "After all, IT has permeated the business processes of almostevery department of virtually every enterprise. The new competitive edge isfinding and retaining the very best people to chart and implement your ITstrategy."
The Computerworld annual report takes into consideration average salaryand bonus increases, the percentage of IT employees receiving promotions, ITstaff turnover rates, training and development opportunities and thepercentage of women and minorities in IT staff and management positions forUS-based companies.
Quintiles' Profile in the Survey
In its profile of Quintiles' IT organization, under the heading of "WhyYou Want to Work There," the Computerworld 100 Best Places story reports thatQuintiles had (in 2007) over "600 IT professionals working in 27 countries,with all staff reporting into functional units with global responsibility."
"From these large functional teams, smaller project teams that includeregionally diverse IT professionals are frequently formed. This team-orientedenvironment and global interaction emphasize professional accountability,while the exposure and regional dependencies encourage personal growth andcultural awareness," the report says.
Quintiles is Recruiting IT Professionals
To support Quintiles' double-digit growth, the company is looking for alllevels of technology professionals to join its high-growth environment and"Work Worth Doing" culture. Quintiles' IT organization has added manypositions across all major sites and is aggressively recruiting for asignificant number of global and US roles. Technology professionalsinterested in careers with Quintiles can review current openings athttp://www.quintiles.com/careers .
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