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Discover Financial Services Ranked Among Top 100 Workplaces For Information Technology Professionals

August 30, 2007

IDG's Computerworld annual list based on work environment, benefits and employee survey

RIVERWOODS, Ill., Aug 30, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) announces that IDG's Computerworld selected it as one of the top workplaces for information technology professionals for the fifth year in a row.

Discover ranked 45th on the 2007 Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT list, moving up nine places from last year.

"This recognition highlights our investment of time and resources to give employees not only excellent benefits and opportunities for work-life balance, but also consistently engaging projects," said Diane Offereins, executive vice president and chief technology officer. "Our technology teams know that their hard work makes a difference whether it is an internal solution or one that touches millions of our customers."

Computerworld, which has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals since 1994, based the listings on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, this year Computerworld randomly surveyed 20,435 IT workers from the top 100 companies - including 213 from Discover - and their responses factored heavily in determining the rankings.

"This year's Best Places to Work rankings represent companies across the industry that recognize how a strong commitment to and investment in employees is synonymous with creating a great IT work environment," said Don Tennant, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Once again, we found that IT professionals are looking for rewarding and challenging projects, access to leading-edge technologies, career growth and development and a comfortable work/life balance. Our Best Places companies not only offer these benefits, but do so in a manner that goes well above industry norms."

In scoring the responses from the company and employee surveys, company results were weighted based on employees' importance ratings from the employee component. Approximately one-half of the total scoring system was based on employee responses, with the remainder based on the survey of the company's benefits and other programs.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site (www.computerworld.com), focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Computerworld leads the industry with a print audience of 1,252,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2006) and an online audience of over 2 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

About Discover Financial Services

Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) operates the Discover Card with more than 50 million cardmembers, the Discover Network with millions of merchant and cash access locations, and the Goldfish credit card business in the United Kingdom. Discover Financial Services also operates the PULSE ATM/debit network, which serves more than 4,400 financial institutions and includes nearly 260,000 ATMs, as well as POS terminals, nationwide. For more information, visit www.discoverfinancial.com.

SOURCE: Discover Financial Services

Discover Financial Services
Jon Drummond
Corporate Public Relations
224-405-1888
jondrummond@discoverfinancial.com