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HSBC, General Mills named as best places to work Local inventor's use of recycled glass helps

For the ninth straight year, Computerworld magazine has named HSBC North America Holdings as one of the 100 best places to work for information technology professionals.

The Prospect Heights, Ill.-based banking company, a subsidiary of London-based HSBC Holdings Plc, came in 61st on the list, and is the largest local employer in the ranking, with more than 6,000 employees in Western New York. Minneapolis-based General Mills was ranked No. 7, but its work force locally is much smaller.

HSBC, which owns HSBC Bank USA, employs 3,600 technology workers across the country. Besides Buffalo, its largest concentrations are in Chicago; Bridgewater, N.J.; Salinas, Calif.; and Tampa, Fla.

Buffalo is one of HSBC's global technology hubs, where the company's Internet banking system and other innovations were developed. HSBC also has one of its two North American data centers in Amherst, and has announced plans to build a second one locally in Cambria at a cost of nearly $1 billion for the building and technology over 15 years.

"The rankings recognize HSBC's strong commitment to our IT employees," said HSBC North America chief information officer Andrew Armishaw. "Culturally, we strive to create an environment where our employees can excel, grow their career, contribute to our success and importantly, be rewarded for their winning performance."

The only employers based in upstate New York that made the list were Cornell University in Ithaca, at No. 40; Rochester payroll firm Paychex, at No. 49; and manufacturer Corning in the Southern Tier. Computerworld, which is published by IDG, has put out the annual ranking since 1994, based on the answers to survey questions regarding an employer's benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. The current ranking was included in the magazine's June 18 issue.

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