Best Places spotlight: Sprint Nextel keeps IT pros engaged

The voluntary turnover rate for IT workers at Sprint Nextel is just 1.9%, and that speaks volumes about employees' desire to stay at the company. Benefits such as health insurance, a 401(k) plan with a company contribution, flexible schedules and a "work anywhere" telecommuting policy help keep people on board at the telecommunications giant.

Sprint's corporate campus features trees, fountains and plenty of outdoor seating. Credit: Sprint Nextel.

But Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint says employees also stay because of its culture, which emphasizes respect, communication and challenging work. IT operations manager Renae Jernigan says she appreciates the opportunities to learn through both formal training programs and on-the-job challenges.

"[Sprint] has given me the chance to work in different areas," she says. "That's what has been of interest to me -- the opportunity to gain additional experience."

Senior vice president of IT Peter Campbell says the company focuses on pulling together and bringing about success. "We've been a place of significant change over time, and IT has made significant contributions to the turnaround of the company," he says. "Our IT people respond to that. They want to be part of a successful team."

The corporate campus is another draw, with its trees, fountains and amenities that include eateries, a health clinic and a fitness center, Jernigan adds.

Next: Spotlight: IT staffers at No. 84-ranked Boeing explore multiple roles

Pratt is a Computerworld contributing writer in Waltham, Mass. You can contact her at marykpratt@verizon.net.

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