Penn’s Information Systems & Computing Ranked No. 6 in 2011 List of Best IT Places to Work

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422June 23, 2011

PHILADELPHIA – IDG's Computerworld announces the University of Pennsylvania’s Information Systems & Computing organization as a 2011 Best Places to Work in IT honoree, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits and compensation.  Honorees will be included in coverage in Computerworld along with results from the 18th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey.

Penn’s Information Systems & Computing ranked #6 nationally and #2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the Computerworld survey of best places to work in IT.  It has ranked consistently in the top 10 nationally for seven consecutive years.  Information Systems & Computing’s culture combines opportunities to work on exciting initiatives and projects, close client collaboration, and an excellent Penn benefits package that includes generous retirement benefits, free tuition to Penn  - one of the world’s great learning and research institutions – and flexible work arrangements which allow employees to balance work and personal/family commitments.  Whether it’s finding technology solutions to Green IT challenges, being early adopters of the excitement of mobile technologies, collaborating with Penn’s 12 schools to support their programs, or partnering with colleagues to harness the power of technology to enhance the daily experiences of students, faculty, employees, and alumni, Information Systems & Computing employees know the work they do furthers the University of Pennsylvania’s mission.  

“We are honored to have received this recognition from Computerworld,” said Robin Beck, Penn’s Vice President of Information Systems & Computing.  “Each day ISC employees collaborate with clients across Penn to create strategic, financial, and operational solutions that contribute to real business results and, importantly, provide the infrastructure on which the academic mission of the University moves forward.  Penn is well-known for its spirit of innovation and we in ISC are proud to play a small part in that.”

"To be among the Best Places to Work in IT, it's not enough to seek out and hire the most talented IT professionals, 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 are creating a work environment that both trains and encourages IT personnel to pursue business-driven priorities."

About the Best Places to Work in IT

Since 1994, Computerworld’s annual “Best Places to Work in IT” feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention.

 About Penn

Penn is one of the country’s largest research universities.  It has 12 graduate and undergraduate schools and 174 research centers and institutes.  Throughout its more than 250 year history, Penn has blazed trails in education:  the nation's first medical school, the birthplace of the ENIAC (the world’s first electronic, large-scale, general-purpose digital computer), the start of motion photography.   Penn boasts nine signers of the Declaration of Independence, 11 signers of the Constitution, and 21 Nobel Prize winners. An Ivy League university of 25,007 students and 279,569 living alumni from around the world, Penn employs 16,300 people making it one of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Region’s largest employers.  It is a major center of culture in the region, and actively supports the West Philadelphia neighborhood in which it is located. 

About Computerworld

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 (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, 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 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (comScore Media Metrix, August 2010). 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