Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 13

Sempra Energy

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 10 for benefits At this San Diego-based energy provider, which operates San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas, the traditional idea of IT as a back-office function is gone. This IT department helps customers securely manage their energy whenever and wherever they want, through a combination of smart grid technologies and cybersecurity expertise. Sempra Energy employees are offered a host of benefits -- 401(k), pension, incentive compensation plan, salary planning, and comprehensive medical, vision and dental plans. The Sempra Employee Giving Network is a 501(C)(3) charitable corporation to support employees' community-based charitable efforts. The network includes a volunteer incentive program that supports employees who contribute their time and talent to charities in their communities; a matching gifts program to fund contributions made to public charities in the areas of education, arts and culture; and a scholarship program for children of employees who are high school seniors. Pay perks Outstanding performance is rewarded through an incentive plan tied to meeting corporate financial and operating goals, as well as spot cash awards for individuals or teams, with a payout of up to $10,000. The Chairman's Award and Commendation spotlight and reward individuals or teams that have gone above and beyond in their work duties. These awards range from $10,000 to $100,000. Two safety awards that include monetary prizes also help reinforce the company's commitment and concern for the safety and health of employees, their families and the community.

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Rank by company size:
Large, No. 9

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 12,113

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 595

IT employee turnover in 2010: 5%

IT promotions in 2010: 10%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $855

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 29%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 34%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 28%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 47%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 33%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 49%