West, a Thomson business

West, a Thomson business

Eagan, Minn.

Number of Employees: 9025

Number of IT Employees: 1407

IT Employee Promotions in 2003: 13 percent

IT Employee Turnover in 2003: 5 percent

Percentage of women IT managers: 41 percent

Percentage of minority IT managers: 3 percent

Percentage of women IT staff: 31 percent

Percentage of minority IT staff: 15 percent

Training days offered per IT employee in 2003: 12

Training budget per IT employee in 2003*: US$4000

What's special?

This subsidiary of Canadian publisher Thomson Corp. publishes law books and online legal information. West Group also operates the Westlaw online legal research service, which contains more than 15,000 databases. West's Eagan, Minn., headquarters are being expanded to more than 200,000 sq. ft. The 2003 turnover rate in IT was 5.2 percent. Employees can learn new skills through internal transfers and stretch assignments. Last year, out of the 204 open, salaried positions that were posted, 88 were filled with internal candidates.

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