Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 25

DTE Energy Co.

Detroit [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 10 for benefits It's been a tough few years in this natural gas and electric utility's main service territory in southeast Michigan, but the company has made good on its promise to preserve jobs in its IT workforce. All employees, both leaders and rank-and-file contributors, have been trained in the use of continuous process improvement tools, and the company has implemented many changes to cut operating costs and save jobs. The IT organization has maintained a "steady state" staffing level. To remain flexible enough to be able to respond to short- and medium-term fluctuations in demand for its services without having to hire and then lay off full-time employees, the IT organization scales up or down by adding or subtracting supplemental contract staffers. Managers have various financial incentives that they can offer employees throughout the year, including stock options, spot awards and variable bonuses based on performance.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 15

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 10,244

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 530

IT employee turnover in 2009: 6%

IT promotions in 2009: 3%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 3

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $2,400

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 31%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 29%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 19%

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