Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 23

Exelon Corp.

Chicago, Ill. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

One of the top perks for IT workers at this Chicago-based utility holding company is the flexible work options program. It offers flexible work schedules, the opportunity to work from an alternate company location, home-based work and compressed work schedules. The success of the program in the IT department has inspired a broader flexible work options policy at the company as a whole, and several business units have adopted similar programs. Each work team develops its own flexible work options agreement, which identifies options that will accommodate the team's functions and ability to meet client needs. The company's Flexible Work Options Review Board, made up of IT staffers, oversees the program and monitors participation, ensures consistent implementation and addresses new issues and enhancements. The board also surveys employees annually to measure satisfaction and consistency and gather suggestions for improvement. Exelon's other benefits include up to $15,000 in annual tuition reimbursement; health, vision, dental and pet insurance; coverage of domestic partners; emergency day care; and flexible spending programs for health, dependent care and commuting costs. Many company facilities have on-site fitness centers.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 15

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 19,608

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 706

IT employee turnover in 2008: 8%

IT promotions in 2008: 9%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 6

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $3,525

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 29%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 26%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 29%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 28%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 14%

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