Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 21

DTE Energy Co.

Detroit, Mich. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 9 for benefits, No. 9 for diversity Job stability might be the most-longed-for benefit these days. At this Detroit-based natural gas and electric utility and energy technology provider, the entire IT group remains fully employed, maintaining a "steady state" level of employees with diverse skills, experiences and desires. To stay flexible and respond to short- and medium-term pressures, the IT organization scales up or down with supplemental contract staff, minimizing impact on its employees. IT staffers work with advanced technologies and are offered relevant technical training. The company also stakes a claim in the community through charitable donations, ISO 14000- and MDEQ C3-certified facilities and a portfolio of environment-friendly businesses. In 2008, the company offered volunteer labor and more than 100 acres of property to the Gleaners Community Food Bank for farming and community gardens. The initiative yielded more than five tons of food for the hungry in the greater Detroit metro area.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 14

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 10,471

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 554

IT employee turnover in 2008: 3%

IT promotions in 2008: 10%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 3

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $950

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 33%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 41%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 33%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 31%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 26%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 32%