Best Places to Work in IT 2017 Employer Profile

No. 8, Small

NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association)

Arlington, Va. [South Atlantic]
NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association)
Credit: Denny Gainer/NRECA

Why you want to work there

This Arlington, Va.-based organization, which represents consumer-owned power cooperatives, sponsors an IT innovation program that gives its technologists time, resources, tools and funding to solve challenging technical and business problems and develop new ideas that add value and improve products and services. NRECA holds celebratory meetings each month to showcase these innovations. A separate recognition program encourages employees to pay tribute to their colleagues for accomplishing goals, excelling in the organization's core competencies, completing a professional development program or providing exceptional service. Rewards include monetary gifts and thank-you notes.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 756

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 172

IT employee turnover in 2016: 4%

IT promotions in 2016: 8%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2016: 8

Training budget per IT employee in 2016: $2,017

PTO and Healthcare

Days of paid time off after one year of service: 19

Days of paid time off after 10 years of service: 25

Percentage of employee health insurance premium paid by employer: 89%