Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 26

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Sacramento [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 5 for benefits SMUD is one of the largest locally owned electric utilities in the U.S.; its IT employees are working on state-of-the-art energy-efficiency and renewable-energy initiatives. The utility is currently developing systems that rely on renewable energy sources including solar, wind and biomass. It was recently awarded a $128 million Department of Energy Smart Grid Stimulus Grant, which will help pay for the utility's $300 million Smart Grid project. That project includes the deployment of 600,000 smart meters, the use of distribution systems automation technology for voltage control and automatic service restoration, the adoption of a customer demand response program, the installation of infrastructure to support plug-in electric or hybrid vehicles, and the rollout of dynamic (time of use) pricing to a subset of residential customers. Be healthy IT staffers can take advantage of onsite health and wellness offerings, including a fitness center with a variety of programs and classes and a campus cafeteria that offers a healthy meals menu. SMUD addresses employees' work/life balance needs by offering an onsite child care center, flexible work schedules and free on-campus parking. A performance incentive program allows employees to earn yearly bonuses equal to as much as 14% of their annual salaries; the bonus amount is dependent on both SMUD's overall performance and on the individual's performance.

Rank by company size:
Small, No. 5

Employee Statistics

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

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 147

IT employee turnover in 2010: 8%

IT promotions in 2010: 3%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 8

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $1,986

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 29%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 13%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 31%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 33%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 19%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 34%