Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 78

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Arlington, Va. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 10 for career development Building careers is an important part of the work culture at this Arlington, Va.-based organization, which represents consumer-owned power cooperatives. An IT mentoring program is aimed at developing leadership and other qualities to help employees grow and develop; 15% of IT workers participate in the program. IT employees are also offered a diverse mix of internal and external industry, business and technology training. The association pays for certifications, college degrees and advanced degrees; 59% of IT workers have earned advanced degrees and industry certifications at the association's expense. Some IT staffers participate in the NRECA-sponsored Toastmasters International Club, and high-performing IT workers take part in the Talent Review program, in which managers develop tailored action plans to ensure that these employees feel valued by NRECA. Bonus bucks: The Superior Achievement Awards include formal recognition by the CEO, a plaque and a $3,000 to $5,000 cash award. Excellence Awards net winners up to $500 in gift cards, with no limit on the number of awards an employee can receive. All employees are eligible to receive these awards.

Rank by company size:
Small, No. 10

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 740

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 150

IT employee turnover in 2009: 5%

IT promotions in 2009: 12%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $2,302

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 27%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 47%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 24%

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%