NEW YORK; Jan. 20, 2011 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s 2011 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the third year in a row, ranking No. 99. The annual ranking, now in its 14th year, is a prestigious recognition of the best in workplace culture and talent initiatives.
“Finding the best people, grooming them for global careers and exceeding their expectations remains a top priority,” said LaMae Allen deJongh, Managing Director, US Human Capital and Diversity, Accenture. “We are honored to be recognized once again as a leading employer of choice—particularly as we continue to actively/aggressively recruit in the United States and around the world.”
FORTUNE recognizes several of Accenture’s leading initiatives, including “Future Leave,” a self-funded sabbatical that allows U.S. employees to take up to three months away from work, with continued health care and insurance benefits and the assurance that they can return to work after their leave.
Accenture provides a number of programs and initiatives for employees, including:
- Training & Development: Since 2001, Accenture has committed $6.3 billion to training and development globally. MyLearning, Accenture’s global online learning portal, offers 20,000 learning courses from core training to specialized functional and technical training. Every Accenture employee is assigned a career counselor, who helps them manage their careers and reach their goals.
- Flexible Work Arrangements: Accenture offers options for how and where employees perform their work, enabling them to achieve balance in their professional and personal lives. Collaboration 2.0 is a unique set of tools that allows individuals to connect with each other through leading-edge technology, which helps maximize people’s time and minimize travel. When time is needed to pursue interests and needs outside work, flexible transitions allow employees to stay connected to Accenture while on leave.
- Corporate Citizenship: Accenture recently adopted a new global focus for corporate citizenship—Skills to Succeed—and will equip 250,000 people by 2015 with the skills to get jobs or build businesses. Accenture employees are actively involved in Skills to Succeed through volunteering and giving efforts, and have many opportunities to demonstrate their energy, enthusiasm and passion for making a difference in communities around the world.
Accenture debuted on the ranking at No. 97 in 2009, followed by last year’s rank of No. 84. To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Three hundred eleven companies participated in this year’s survey. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts. Any company that is at least seven years old with more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. The deadline for applying for next year’s list is June 15, 2011. For an online nomination form, go to www.greatplacetowork.com.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 211,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture is committed to equipping 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$21.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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