Multiple North Carolina firms are named among the 100 Best Places to Work in IT list released this week by IDG’s Insider Pro and Computerworld, including Raleigh’s Red Hat, Cary’s Railinc Corp., Durham’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Charlotte’s Atrium Health, and Asheville’s Cloud for Good.

Red Hat appears ranked third among 50 large companies, and seventh out of all 100 companies for its benefits package.

Cloud for Good ranked fourth for retention among all 100 companies listed, and Red Hat ranked fifth.

Cloud for Good is also ranked fifth among all 100 companies for training and skills development that drive employee engagement, and Railinc Corp is ranked fifth among all 100 companies for career development of its workforce.

Among small companies, Cloud for Good ranked second overall, and Railinc Corp. ranked fourth, out of 24 total companies.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a Best Place to Work in IT, particularly at a time when we have had to remain so connected and resilient in the face of unprecedented challenges,” said Allen West, president and CEO of Railinc in a statement shared with WRAL TechWire.  “What kept Railinc grounded through these unusual times is our commitment to our company values and our culture, both based on results, collaboration, and service.”

Railinc Corp. has a 92% retention rate among its IT staff, the company noted, and employs about 250 people in Cary.

“It is deeply satisfying to see those values and our hard work this past year celebrated with this award, and our entire organization is celebrating this accomplishment with great pride,” said West.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is ranked #18 among large companies and Atrium Health is ranked #36.

“IT pros value challenging work, working in an enjoyable environment and for a socially and environmentally responsible company,” the report authors write.  One of the most important factors that respondents noted was the opportunity to further their career, which ranked as important for 88% of IT professionals surveyed, the report found.

“Attracting and retaining top IT talent to research, deploy and maintain technology has never been more critical,” said Kate Hoy, editor of IDG’s Insider Pro, in a statement.  This is the 28th Best Places to Work in IT report, which is issued annually.