Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 68

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Arlington, Va. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 4 for career development Training is an important part of the equation at this Arlington, Va.-based organization, which represents consumer-owned power cooperatives. On-site training offerings were recently expanded to 10 courses for all employees and five manager-specific courses. Also offered are a special curriculum for new managers, full tuition assistance (paid in advance) and fully paid technical Microsoft or Cisco certifications, as well as PMP certifications. Every year, several managers attend a local Executive Leadership Development program. IT administrative staff members are eligible to train to become Certified Administrative Professionals and attend executive and administrative conferences each year. The IT department works on a broad range of projects; IT is viewed as a top priority and a strategic investment by the business and executive management. For the sixth consecutive year, IT workers scored in the 95th percentile relative to the Gallup database indicating a highly motivated and engaged IT staff.

Rank by company size:
Small, No. 9

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 753

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 150

IT employee turnover in 2008: 3%

IT promotions in 2008: 15%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 9

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $2,954

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 27%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 39%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 25%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 33%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 0%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 38%