Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 74

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Arlington, Va. [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Based on an employee suggestion, this Arlington, Va.-based organization, which represents consumer-owned power cooperatives, created a "volunteer paid time off" program that encourages employees to help enrich surrounding communities. Employees are eligible for one day off for every 24 hours of volunteer work they log, up to three days each year. Participants in the program volunteer during off-work hours for a pre-approved organization that signs off on their work. Twenty-one charities have been approved, including the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of the National Zoo, and Meals on Wheels. NRECA also sponsors 11 personal-interest organizations, including the Last Chance Animal Rescue, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. An employee can request approval for an organization not on an NRECA-sponsored list as well. Helping hand Some teams "adopt" needy families each holiday season. Others organize team activities that foster community and camaraderie, such as a scavenger hunt that culminated in the collection of food for a local assistance center. Through the RE Excellence Program, all employees can recognize their co-workers for accomplishing goals. The Positive REACT Award, for example, grants individuals or teams up to $500 in gift cards, with no limit on the number of awards an employee can receive. Each employee is free to give multiple awards totaling $150 yearly.

Rank by company size:
Small, No. 9

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 743

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 150

IT employee turnover in 2010: 7%

IT promotions in 2010: 14%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 8

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $2,342

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 25%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 47%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 22%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 0%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 36%