If jet-setting around the world to take on IT projects in Kuala Lumpur, London, Jakarta, New York and Houston sounds intriguing, then global energy company Hess would rank high on your list as one of the best places to work in IT. IT employees at the Manhattan-based company routinely work on projects with colleagues on six continents.
Warren Price, IT manager of service delivery, has worked in every Hess office in the world -- some for more than a year at a time -- to implement global technology standards or to help open a new office. "For the last 10 years, I worked on the oil exploration and production side [of the business]," he says. "Now I'm working in marketing and refining, so I'm experiencing the full value chain and really getting an understanding of how both sides of the business work."
When the wanderlust starts to wane, don't worry. Hess' largest offices are equipped with "global telepresence" rooms, and HD-quality videoconferencing is built into conference rooms across the company for project coordination and planning.
Price now lives near Hess' Woodbridge, N.J., office, where he takes advantage of flextime to accommodate his young family's schedule. "I get to come in early and leave early," he says.