Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Enterprise IT Management
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  • UK locations:
    East of England

About CA

CA's cheery staff go to work with a spring in their step thanks to the fair deal the firm offers them and the strong relationships employees have with management.

The icing on the cake comes from the working environment. "The building is set within the most stunningly beautiful grounds, which are very well maintained," says one employee. "Driving through the gates and seeing the beauty of our setting makes me smile without fail, every morning."

The lush 200 acres surrounding CA's Berkshire headquarters are home to a 16th-century manor house, vegetable gardens, a moat and a Montessori childcare centre. There is also a gym and staff restaurant on site.

Employees at CA, which is one of the world's largest IT management software providers, say they find work stimulating (76% positive, ranking the company 15th) and it is an important part of who they are (75%). Nearly half of the 771-strong workforce earns more than £55,000, with a salesperson earning about £65,000. Everyone is entitled to 25 days' annual leave, regardless of seniority. Private healthcare, dental insurance and life assurance are other perks. Its staff — who have notched up an average of seven years at CA — are happy with their pay and benefits, giving a positive score of 66%. They believe they are paid fairly in comparison to colleagues in the organisation (59%) as well as compared to others in similar companies (62%), with both scores ranking CA in the top half of firms on our list.

An 80% score shows employees believe they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the organisation, and they say what is expected of them is made completely clear (74%). Achievements are rewarded with performance-related pay as well as other gestures such as staff being presented with holiday vouchers or champagne at the quarterly awards ceremony. Ideas which have been put into motion in the past include a car valet service, a book exchange group and a social club. Managers regularly express their appreciation of a good job (74%), and staff feel that their new ideas are valued by their employer (73%).

Chris Miller, the head of the UK operation, has been at the helm for 2 years, and keeps employees up to date with business news through a blog in a monthly newsletter. The workforce reports that he runs CA on sound moral principles, earning the question a 77% result.

Cross-departmental sports events in the office grounds foster camaraderie. Sporty types can get together at lunchtime or after work to play football, cricket or rounders. There are also tennis, walking and running clubs.

Managers are highly regarded by employees, who say they speak openly and honestly (77%). The management academy, accessible through an in-house online learning management system, ensures people are trained appropriately for their roles, and the company also supports them in studying for external management qualifications. Many of the internal programmes involve 360-degree appraisals so managers can learn from feedback. Staff say they can make a difference in the organisation (a 77% positive score).

What is it like to work for CA

My Manager
My Manager
CA has a range of toolkits/support available for managers via their management academy site on their learning management system. CA have been running a series of management coaching programmes where each manager gets three personal one on one coaching post programme. They also run a mentoring scheme where employees are given a mentor they can speak confidentially with. All Managers are encouraged to join professional appropriate organisations and to attend seminars and conferences.
My Company
My Company
CA provide managers with a vehicle to recognise and reward employees’ incremental achievements above their normal job duties. Award Values are given but the exact amount of the award is commensurate with the nature and impact of the achievement. To recognise and reward the truly exceptional work that is taking CA from a good to a great company CA’s highest achievement is for an individual and/or small team who exhibits significant, quantifiable and sustainable work in a customer partnership, business process improvement and/or technology innovation. This award is typically announced semi-annually in April and October.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
The base salary is fixed cash compensation for knowledge, skills and experience. There is an annual incentive plan whereby cash awards for achievement of targeted financial and strategic objectives are awarded. There is a long-term incentive plan that awards equity grants, some of which are variable based on long-term performance. This promotes retention, equity ownership and provides an opportunity for wealth creation for long-term shareholder value. The total cash compensation is base salary plus annual incentives. Total direct compensation is total cash compensation plus long-term incentives.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Full family cover

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