Technology media brand Computerworld, owned by Foundry, recently published its 2023 list of Best Places to Work in IT, recognizing leading organizations that are challenging their IT staff and providing comprehensive benefits and compensation.
Tractor Supply ranked 32nd out of 58 large organizations (companies with 5,000 or more U.S. employees).Tractor Supply has 50,000 team members and more than 2,000 stores across 49 states. Kroger ranked 43rd, marking the fifth consecutive time it has appeared on Computerworld’s list.
Robert Mills, executive vice president and chief technology, digital commerce and strategy officer at Tractor Supply, said the company is committed to providing its team members with a rewarding work environment and a culture that is grounded in Tractor Supply’s mission and values.
“Our IT Team’s innovation and creativity help create a seamless experience for our customers across digital and in-store, while delivering capabilities that enable our store team members to build relationships with our customers and provide them with legendary service,” Mills added. “This work drives meaningful business value, and we’re grateful for the teamwork and dedication that make it possible.”
Kroger's senior vice president and chief information officer, Yael Cosset, said the win reflects the company’s long-term strategy to invest in its associates and focus on making workplace culture a priority.
"Our technology and digital teams empower Kroger to serve as America's grocer, bringing a seamless experience to our customers and our associates," Cosset added.
“Adapting to a ‘new normal’ has put additional demands on IT organizations at companies of all sizes. This year’s winning companies have stepped up with increased IT staffing and a variety of innovative professional development opportunities. The result of these efforts is that not only are IT staff engaged and productive, but the entire business benefits from IT’s ability to support evolving workplace models and changing business and customer needs,” said Rob O’Regan, global director, content strategy, Foundry. “Importantly, this year’s award winners are laser-focused on diversity initiatives to expand the IT talent pool and promote workplace diversity and inclusion.”
Trends Among Winners
Computerworld has found that hybrid work arrangements are helping align the needs of companies and workers, “opening opportunities for a more diverse and productive workforce.” Additionally, companies are opening up their pool of talent, looking to draw from expanded geographic borders.
As the world continues to face pandemic-related challenges, the rankings suggest that IT’s role in business has accelerated digital transformation, fast-tracked tech investments, and enforced IT as a key business enabler.
“This has put pressure on leadership teams to keep top performers highly motivated and engaged,” said Beth Stackpole at Computerworld.
The annual ranking, running since 1994, takes into consideration benefits, career development, DEI, future of work, training, and retention, with results reviewed and vetted by a panel of industry experts.
In past years, the survey only included U.S.-based companies. This year, Computerworld expanded eligibility to organizations worldwide.
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Both Walmart and Home Depot have found success in their mobile app technology, among other areas, building out digital experiences that meet the ever-evolving needs of the consumers they serve as well as the staff they employ.