IT employees at this electric utility in California's Central Valley are accustomed to working on rewarding assignments. Recently, team members have been involved in developing cybersecurity policies to comply with a White House executive order, and they have received nationwide recognition for their efforts. SMUD strives to reward excellence by tying employees' pay to their performance. In an effort to encourage employees to stay healthy, the utility offers ergonomic assessments, employer-sponsored fitness programs and an on-site gym with personal trainers. SMUD offers flexible scheduling options and on-site child care to help employees maintain work/life balance, and it has a tuition reimbursement program for people who are working to attain new skills.
Total U.S.-based employees: 2,034
Total U.S.-based IT employees: 156
IT employee turnover in 2013: 13%
IT promotions in 2013: 6%
Training days offered per IT employee in 2013: 9
Training budget per IT employee in 2013: $1,750