News Release

IDG's Computerworld Names Verizon Wireless To 10th Annual List Of Best Places To Work In Technology

Nation's Leading Wireless Provider Honored for Innovative Programs and Diverse Staff

June 26, 2003

Tom Pica
Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4385

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless service provider, today announced it has been selected by IDG's Computerworld as one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. The company is the only wireless service provider to make the list. This honor is part of the 10th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, published in Computerworld's June 9, 2003 issue and online at Computerworld.com. In addition to praising Verizon Wireless for its employee benefits and training programs, the survey also recognized the company for its high percentage of women and minority IT managers and staff in its workforce.

Since 1994, Computerworld's annual "Best Places to Work in IT" feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, this year Computerworld surveyed more than 11,500 IT workers for the list, and their responses factored heavily in determining the rankings.

"It is extremely rewarding that Verizon Wireless's Information Technology department has been recognized by Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT survey," said Marc Reed, vice president of human resources for Verizon Wireless. "When employees are satisfied, it resonates — not only internally, but also in the way we present ourselves to customers. The fact that IT workers contributed to the results of the survey make the recognition even more significant as it demonstrates that our investments in employee satisfaction have paid off in the best way possible."

"The companies we've named as Best Places to Work all make an effort to keep their IT workers focused and challenged, especially in hard economic times," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Ample training opportunities; rewarding projects; flexible schedules; a sense of pride in the IT department — the best employers use these key ingredients to build great IT work environments."

To view the complete list of the Best Places to Work in IT, visit http://www.computerworld.com/bestplaces2003.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 33.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the only integrated media company focused exclusively on the information needs of IT Leaders — those who manage and implement technology in Global 2000 organizations. The company's flagship weekly newspaper — along with its Computerworld.com Web site and conference series for IT Leaders — form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) worldwide IT media network. Publishing since 1967, Computerworld has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper, is winner of the 2003 Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage," and was named to the "Media Power 50" in 2002 and 2003 by Crain Communications' BtoB Magazine. Winner of more than 90 print and online editorial awards since 1998, Computerworld has a guaranteed rate base of 180,000, a total print audience of 1,846,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.9.0), and an online audience of 901,412 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT Leaders are available at www.computerworld.com.  

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.  

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