Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 88

Black Hills Corp.

Rapid City, S.D. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

This Rapid City, S.D.-based energy firm puts a special emphasis on teamwork. The company offers flexible work schedules, merit increases and bonuses based on goal achievement and overall company performance. Recognition programs include service awards to thank employees for their years with company, and a Business Enhancement Program that awards employees who share new and creative ideas for company improvements. Outside learning: IT employees are encouraged to attend job-related conferences, seminars and certification trainings. A sampling of some recent training sessions includes An Insider's Look at Oracle 11g Release 2, the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, the IBM Director Workshop, IT Security Awareness 2009, Microsoft TechEd 2009 and the Nebraska IT Symposium. Through a tuition reimbursement program, employees receive 100% reimbursement on textbooks, and a 50% refund on tuition. The technology integration team offers instructor-led and virtual training on technologies such as VoIP phones and webconferencing.

Rank by company size:
Small, No. 13

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 2,177

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 123

IT employee turnover in 2009: 1%

IT promotions in 2009: 3%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 2

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $527

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 25%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 17%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 27%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 7%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 9%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 6%