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Johns Hopkins APL Nets Sixth Straight Computerworld ‘Best Places to Work in IT’ Selection

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, has placed in the top 25 of Foundry’s Computerworld “Best Places to Work in IT” list for the sixth consecutive year. The list recognizes the top worldwide workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals.

To identify the companies on its annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for IT professionals, Computerworld surveys large, midsize and small organizations around the world. APL was ranked No. 23 among large organizations, which includes companies that have 5,000 employees or more. APL was also ranked as No. 5 on the IT growth list, which recognizes organizations that excel in mentoring programs, training budget, promotions within IT, accessibility of training to remote employees and unique training programs.

“This recognition of APL as one of the best places to work in IT worldwide is a reflection of the crucial role our experts play in fostering innovative solutions for the Laboratory,” said Michael Misumi, head of APL’s Information Technology Services Department (ITSD) and the Lab’s chief information officer. “Holding a place on Computerworld’s global list for six years in a row highlights our team’s ongoing commitment to cultivating a workplace where all IT experts can grow and excel.”

Through agile, robust and secure IT services, ITSD plays a pivotal role in ensuring that APL’s 8,700-plus staff members can solve complex research, engineering and analytical problems presenting critical challenges to our nation and the world. ITSD manages APL’s IT infrastructure while also serving as a leader in cyber protection by securing APL networks from hackers and other outside threats.

Since 1994, the annual Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT list has ranked the top U.S. work environments for technology professionals. In 2023, the list expanded to include organizations worldwide. The annual ranking is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits; career development; diversity, equity and inclusion; future of work; training and retention. The rankings are also reviewed and vetted by a panel of industry experts.

“Technology is playing an increasingly important role in modern business,” said Rob O’Regan, global director of content strategy at Foundry, which publishes Computerworld. “IT professionals continue to benefit from this trend as this year’s winning organizations increase staffing and offer a variety of pathways to upskill, reskill and diversify their teams. These companies provide a model for IT and human resources leaders who are looking for new ways to attract, engage and retain talent in an increasingly competitive IT environment.”