World Wide Technology Lands Coveted Spot on the FORTUNE “Best Places to Work For” List
WWT Joins the Ranks of Elite Companies that Offer Strong Growth and People-Focused Workplaces
ST. LOUIS – January 19, 2012 –World Wide Technology, Inc.(WWT), a market-leading systems integrator that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions, today announced that it has been named to the 2012 FORTUNE “100 Best Places to Work For®” list. Coveted by companies around the globe, a place on FORTUNE’s Best Places to Work list designates only 100 elite companies that combine productive, people-focused work environments with strong growth and exemplary operations. WWT occupies the #50 spot on the list, joining such companies as SAS, Cisco, Edward Jones, Google and NetApp.
In the most comprehensive annual workplace survey conducted in corporate America, FORTUNE selects 100 companies across the U.S. for inclusion on its prestigious list based on employee feedback as well as company practices and culture. The full list and related stories are currently available at http://www.fortune.com and will be featured in FORTUNE’s print issue available on newsstands Feb. 6, 2012.
Comments on the Announcement
- “A core mission at WWT has been to build a profitable growth company that is also a great place to work,” said WWT’s chief executive officer and co-founder Jim Kavanaugh. “We have been very deliberate and rigorous in crafting WWT’s work environment to foster collaboration, productivity, loyalty and growth both for our employees and our bottom line. Our culture and workplace have been nurtured not for external recognition but because it’s essential to our success and, quite frankly, is the right thing to do for our people. The fact that FORTUNE has recognized our efforts is certainly gratifying. I’d like to thank the entire team of people here at WWT; they indeed are our most-valuable resource.”
- “I’d like to congratulate WWT on earning a spot on the FORTUNE 100 Best Places to Work For list,” said Jim Ortbals, partner director with Cisco. “As a company that understands the value of being an employer of choice, we are pleased to see one of our largest partners earn recognition for investing in its people while fostering a workplace that is both satisfying and challenging. This approach positions WWT very well for continued success.”
- “This honor is a validating point in time that demonstrates that the core values and systems we implemented in the beginning and have been nurturing over the past 20 years are effective and scalable,” said Ann Marr, vice president of human resources with WWT. “As we continue to grow, hire talent and enter new markets, being honored as one of the top employers in the U.S. will be a nice feather in our cap.”
- “Working at WWT, I’ve always felt that the company has been sincerely committed to its employees, our core values and our corporate culture,” said Juanita Logan, senior business development manager with WWT. “I think we’re all pretty excited with the honor but at the same time a little humbled to be recognized alongside household names like Mercedes-Benz, American Express and Starbucks. I’m looking forward to showing the magazine to my friends and family and maybe even doing a little bragging.”
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; 280 firms participated in this year’s survey. More than 246,000 employees at those companies responded to a survey created by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. 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 is based on 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, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees’ faith in management, we may exclude it from the list. Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. For information on how to apply, visit www.greatplacetowork.com.
About World Wide Technology
World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) is a systems integrator that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to the commercial, government and telecom sectors. The company brings to market a powerful blend of knowledge, infrastructure and technology to help its customers manage the planning, procurement and deployment of IT products and solutions. Based in St. Louis, WWT works closely with industry leaders including Boeing (NYSE: BA); Dell (NASDAQ: DELL); Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO); EMC (NYSE: EMC); HP (NYSE: HPQ); AT&T Inc., (NYSE: ATT); VMware (NYSE: VMW); Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS); NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP); Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and the U.S. Air Force. WWT employs over 1,700 people and operates more than 2 million square-feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in 30 facilities throughout the world. For more information on WWT, visit www.wwt.com.
Edward Levens (for WWT)