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Discover Financial Services Ranks 31St Among Top 100 Workplaces For Information Technology Professionals

July 29, 2009
Computerworld's Annual List Based on Work Environment, Benefits and Employee Survey

RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 29, 2009-- Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) has been rated by IDG’s Computerworld as one of the Best Places to Work in Information Technology for 2009. Discover has made the list for the past seven years, moving up from No. 73 in 2008 to No. 31 this year.

“Ranking in the top 50 of this impressive list of companies says a lot about Discover’s commitment to all of its employees, not just those of us in IT,” said Glenn Schneider, senior vice president and chief information officer. “I have great confidence in our technology group, the talent of our workforce, and our ability to successfully deliver solutions that produce bottom-line impact. With our dedicated workforce, we are building a brighter future for our customers, our shareholders and for the employees of Discover.”

The annual Best Places to Work in Information Technology list is based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld extensively surveyed IT workers at the companies, including 250 at Discover, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

“To be among the Best Places to Work in IT, it's not enough just to seek out and hire the most talented IT people, offer them competitive pay and provide great benefits,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “The organizations that made this year's Best Places to Work list sustain a dynamic work environment in which IT professionals keep their hands on the latest technologies and work on projects that are business critical. In the months and years ahead, IT is going to become a key accelerator of business growth.”

The 16th annual ranking was published in the June 15 issue of Computerworld and online at www.computerworld.com/2009bestplaces.

About Computerworld

Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (Computerworld.com), weekly publication, and focused conference series form the hub of the world’s largest global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards including the Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) in both 2004 and 2006, and the American Business Media’s Neal Award for Best Web Site, Best Blogs and Best Article or Series in 2008. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2.5 million unique monthly visitors and a print audience of more than 1 million readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS, Fall 2008). Computerworld also reaches over 10,000 IT executives every year through its high-touch conferences and custom summits.

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is 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 also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers. Media brands are in more than 90 countries and include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld/TechWorld/TecChannel, Macworld, Network World and PC World. The company’s lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, OpenSource World, E3, DEMO, Storage Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services and events. Over 1,000 IDC analysts in more than 100 countries provide global, regional and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com. Note: All product and company names are trademarks of their respective organizations.

About Discover Financial Services

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a leading credit card issuer and electronic payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company operates the Discover Card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers student and personal loans, as well as savings products such as certificates of deposit and money market accounts. Its payments businesses consist of the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discoverfinancial.com.

Source: Discover Financial Services

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