Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 89

We Energies

Milwaukee [North Central]

Why you want to work there

This Milwaukee-based utility, which serves customers in Wisconsin and Michigan, has a new wellness program called the Health Enhancement Initiative, which promotes healthy lifestyle habits at work and home. The utility has onsite fitness facilities, and employees can take advantage on discounts on memberships at more than 40 offsite health clubs. Onsite fitness classes are offered during lunch and after work. The wellness program also includes onsite health screenings, multiweek health-tracking programs, health coach services and health risk assessments. Employees' spouses may participate in the health screenings and risk assessments. IT employees seeking training can access the department's Skillport online training center at any time, from any location -- as long as they have access to the Internet. Convenient banking An onsite employee credit union offers online banking, consumer and mortgage loans, Christmas club accounts and Visa gift cards. The Employes' Mutual Benefit Association organizes a host of services and activities that emphasize fun, family and fraternity. Employees can get discounts on tickets to local arts and cultural events, sporting events and movies. They can also get discounts on admission to major attractions, as well as discounts on cellphone service and discounts at national retail chains. The company's charitable arm, the Wisconsin Energy Foundation, supports employees' charitable efforts, such as the Safety Charity Challenge. As part of this challenge, teams strive to work safely by minimizing hazards and maximizing injury-prevention opportunities throughout the year. At the end of each quarter, the teams that are on track to meet OSHA incident-level targets can vote on where the foundation should donate $10,000.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 30

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 4,559

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 309

IT employee turnover in 2010: 4%

IT promotions in 2010: 3%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 4

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $1,668

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 35%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 36%

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

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 10%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 4%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 11%