For Kyle Benning, the impact of his work at global power company Cummins extends well beyond his position as an IT functional excellence champion. Benning says he sees his job as having an impact on the Columbus, Ind., company and the community. It's part of what makes Cummins a great place to work, he says. "The environment becomes more than just about your job; it's about [whether you're] making things better," he says.

Bruce Carver, CIO and vice president of Cummins Business Services, says IT is on the forefront of supporting the company's growth. He regularly communicates that message to his global staff so they feel connected to the company's bigger goals and to their own roles in fulfilling those objectives. IT employees say it's that kind of environment, combined with challenging IT work and opportunities for training and advancement, that keeps them happy.

"We believe people want companies to stand for more than a paycheck," says Madhavi Isanaka, executive director for IT and corporate responsibility for Cummins' power generation business.