COLUMBUS, Ga., June 23, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Aflac, the company that pays policyholders benefits fast when they are hurt or sick, has been named to Computerworld magazine's 2010 list of 100 Best Places to Work in IT. This is the 11th year that Aflac has appeared on the prestigious list. The complete list is part of the weekly publication's 17th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, and is published in the June 21 issue of Computerworld and online at Computerworld.com.
To compile the list, more than 500 nominated companies received a 75-question company survey asking about the organization's average salary and bonus increases, percentage of IT staff promoted, IT staff turnover rates, training and development, and the percentage of women and minorities in IT staff and management positions. In addition, information was collected on retention programs; how each organization rewards outstanding performance; and benefits, such as elder and child care, flextime, and reimbursement for college tuition and technology certification. Information from those surveys was used in compiling the 100 company profiles. Aflac is one of two Georgia-based companies to make the 2010 list.
"This is a tremendous honor for our IT team, and it validates Aflac's belief in our employees," Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Gerald Shields said. "Everyone in Aflac's IT unit takes great pride in providing employees throughout the company the tools he or she needs to process claims, provide benefits faster and serve our customers with optimal efficiency. It is unquestionably a great place to work."
The survey recognized Aflac IT's low 5.6 percent turnover rate, which is well below the industry average of 11 percent as a key factor in determining the company's place on the list. They also noted Aflac's philanthropic culture, including how employees frequently volunteer at the Aflac Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which was established in 1995 with a $3 million pledge from company executives. Since 1998, Aflac, its employees and independent agents have donated more than $55 million to the center.
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For 55 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. Aflac has also been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for three consecutive years and has been named by the Reputation Institute as the Most Reputable Company in the Global Insurance Industry for two consecutive years. In 2010, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 12th consecutive year. In addition, Fortune magazine ranked Aflac No. 1 on its global list of the Most Admired Companies in the Life and Health Insurance category. And Aflac was named by Forbes magazine as America's Best-Managed Company in the Insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
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