Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 39

DTE Energy Co.

Detroit [North Central]

Why you want to work there

IT employees at this Detroit-based natural gas and electric utility have reason to feel confident about their future financial security: A key benefit is the cash balance pension, which DTE offers in addition to matching percentage contributions to employees' 401(k) accounts. Plentiful choices When managers want to recognize employee contributions, they can choose from a suite of financial rewards, including stock options, spot awards and variable bonuses based on performance. As part of DTE's Rewarding Employee Plan for encouraging continuous improvement in performance and operating results, each employee has what's known as an "Individual Performance Modifier." Employees whose performances and results are exceptional have higher performance modifiers and therefore receive proportionately higher bonuses than people with lower modifiers. Managers also offer recognition for a job well done in one-on-one meetings and in the IT department's all-hands meetings. The Alex Dow Award recognizes outstanding achievements related to the company's operation, and the Sarah Sheridan Award honors employees who provide outstanding customer service. Award recipients have a greater say when it comes to seeking assignments, and they stand a greater chance of working on projects that could have a significant impact on DTE's success, are highly visible and are personally meaningful to the individual. And DTE employees don't have to worry about rainy days: Free covered parking is available for everyone at corporate headquarters.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 9

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 9,817

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 511

IT employee turnover in 2010: 4%

IT promotions in 2010: 8%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 3

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $794

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 31%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 42%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 30%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 30%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 8%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 32%