October 2017: What Tech Pros Want

Technology powers innovation, productivity and performance across all businesses today. Companies that are harnessing tech talent to embed technology into their business processes and products and services are winning in their respective markets. While the unemployment rate for tech pros remains low (2.8%), employers everywhere are looking for compelling ways to attract highly skilled, in demand tech talent.

Hiring in today’s challenging environment goes beyond advertising open jobs. Companies are tasked with promoting their employer brand to recruit and tech pros are savvy with the attributes they find most alluring: competitive salaries, challenging work, benefits, a positive culture and transparent communication from the top. In short, reputation is paramount.

Dice released its inaugural Ideal Employer study this month, analyzing the companies tech professionals most admire and the places they most want to work. The data explored employers by region and company type, along with the above-mentioned attributes that make firms desirable.

All companies today compete for tech talent. As tech pros explore career opportunities that blend their craft with their passions, it’s important to make the distinction between tech firms and firms which serve other sectors. Sure, the top spots in our study went to obvious tech firms which the general public could identify in a line up of “tech companies”: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook. But what about those employers who straddle the tech/non-tech line?

Here’s the top three companies in key industries that tech pros ranked as an ideal place to work:

As all tech pros are potential candidates, those companies who offer the unique combination of competitive pay and benefits –while  also keeping career paths top of mind—will reign supreme in attracting the best tech talent.

Mike Durney

President & CEO

Business Services

  1. IBM
  2. Deloitte
  3. Accenture


  1. Walt Disney
  2. Verizon
  3. AT&T


  1. JP Morgan
  2. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  3. Wells Fargo


  1. United Health Group
  2. Blue Cross Blue Shield
  3. Johnson & Johnson


  1. Tesla
  2. Lockheed Martin
  3. SpaceX