With Remarkable Growth, an Inclusive Culture and a People-Focused Workplace, WWT Earns the #24 Spot on the Widely Watched List
ST. LOUIS – January 22, 2013 –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 2013 FORTUNE “100 Best Places to Work For®” list. This is the second year in a row that WWT has received this honor. Selection to the FORTUNE “100 Best Places to Work For®” list is a recognition sought by a large number of companies, yet only 100 elite organizations are ultimately selected. This year, WWT is honored to be recognized once again for a corporate culture that combines productive, people-focused work environments with strong growth and operations. WWT occupies the number 24 spot on the list, moving up from 50 in 2012. Today, WWT joins the ranks of the widely admired companies that have won in the past, including SAS, Cisco, Edward Jones, Google and NetApp.
To select the companies for the “100 Best Places to Work For®” list, FORTUNE conducts a truly comprehensive annual workplace survey that reviews detailed applications sent in by hundreds of companies. Before selecting a company for its list, FORTUNE considers a wide-range of criteria, including company practices and culture, and even employee feedback. This year, the full list and related stories of the 100 companies on the list are currently available at www.fortune.com. Additionally, WWT will be among those companies featured in FORTUNE’s print issue, available on newsstands in February.
Comments on the Announcement
- “It has long been the mission of WWT to create a profitable, growth company that’s a great place to work. This award validates our success in achieving that mission, and it’s no coincidence that our culture and work environment has fostered a very successful company that continues to experience spectacular growth,” said WWT’s chief executive officer and co-founder Jim Kavanaugh. “The fact that FORTUNE has recognized our efforts for a second consecutive year is extremely gratifying, and we welcome the honor.”
- “Earning a spot for the second year in a row on the FORTUNE “100 Best Places to Work For®” list is a feat accomplished by very few companies, and the fact that WWT moved up 26 slots from last year shows their clear commitment to excellence and improvement,” said Gary Moore, Cisco’s president and chief operating officer. “We congratulate WWT for this honor, for a second year in a row.”
- “The core values at WWT – hard work, discipline, a commitment to excellence, and an open, people-focused workforce – are all part of a culture at WWT that has contributed to our enduring success,” said Ann Marr, vice president of human resources with WWT. “The fact that FORTUNE has recognized what a special company we are is a welcome validation of our commitment to excellence and customer service. I speak with obvious pride for all WWT employees when I say we heartily and humbly welcome this honor. ”
- “Anyone who works at WWT feels the very positive effects of an inclusive workplace; it’s clear that the leadership at WWT is deeply committed to the well being of the Company, its employees and our customers,” said Sandi Tolliver, business development manager for marketing communications with WWT. “So, it’s very exciting to have FORTUNE recognize WWT for its commitment, and that fact that this recognition has come to WWT for a second year in a row only shows how disciplined the leadership is in maintaining and sustaining our exemplary culture.”
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: 259 firms participated in this year’s survey. More than 277,000 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 (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 2,200 people and operates more than 2 million square-feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in 38 facilities throughout the world. For more information on WWT, visit www.wwt.com.
Edward Levens (for WWT)