Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 98

We Energies

Milwaukee [North Central]

Why you want to work there

This Milwaukee-based utility, which serves customers in Wisconsin and Michigan, is committed to the health and safety of its employees. The company provides fitness facilities at seven of its locations, as well as discounted memberships to more than 30 fitness centers in 65 locations. The company began a program in 1997 called the Health Enhancement Initiative to stabilize health care costs for all employees. The program features health screenings, multiweek health-tracking programs, a health risk assessment and many other resources to help employees stay well and manage their health. The program has won the C. Everett Koop National Health Award and the Gold Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Councils of America. The IT group has also established a safety committee, made up of employee volunteers, that develops safety education material for IT employees. The materials not only focus on general safety areas, but also on safety concerns unique to IT employees. Best in class: The company rewards a higher percentage of the annual bonus pool and salary increase to those employees who rate an "exceeds expectation" during annual performance reviews. The company also has a spot bonus program for rewarding employees throughout the year. Training opportunities consist of instructor-led courses at We Energies' own training facilities or at another service provider's facility, conferences and seminars, tuition reimbursement for university/college courses and computer-based training.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 29

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 4,576

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 319

IT employee turnover in 2009: 6%

IT promotions in 2009: 4%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 4

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $1,600

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 34%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 32%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 35%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 11%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 6%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 12%