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NRECA Ranks High as Top Workplace

By Victoria A. Rocha | ECT Staff Writer Published: June 20th, 2013

NRECA is No. 9 and 11 and those aren’t bad places to be, especially if you’re over 50 or work in the IT department.

From left: Jim Bausell, Elisabeth Perry, Adam Parnes and Michelle Rinn of NRECA accept a “Top 50” award from AARP in Chicago. (Photo By: NRECA)

From left: Jim Bausell, Elisabeth Perry, Adam Parnes and Michelle Rinn of NRECA accept a “Top 50” award from AARP in Chicago. (Photo By: NRECA)

The Arlington, Va., headquarters of NRECA has placed ninth on the “2013 Best Employers for Workers Over 50” list compiled by AARP and the Society for Human Resource Management. NRECA accepted the honor at an awards ceremony June 17 in Chicago.

And on IDC’s Computerworld’s “2013 Places to Work in IT,” the association ranked 11th nationwide.

While NRECA is honored to be on the AARP list, “The honor should really go to the employees themselves who dedicate themselves to our mission and our members,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson.

NRECA’s strong benefits program helped propel it into the Top 10, the association’s highest ranking ever in the annual survey. NRECA also made the list in 2011, 2009 and 2008.

The Personal Investments Retirement Consulting Service “offers employees and retirees free financial planning advice from certified professionals,” AARP noted. Guidance and information is given on a range of programs, such as retirement planning and investment options.

Nearly 40 percent of NRECA’s workforce in Arlington is over 50 years old, according to the association.

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NRECA placed No. 11 on the list for top workplaces for IT professionals. (Image Courtesy of Computerworld)

Ranking No. 1 on the 2013 AARP/SHRM list was the National Institutes of Health; health care companies and academic institutions made up most of the Top 20.

This year is the ninth time NRECA has made the 100 top organizations for IT professionals. The Arlington headquarters scored No. 1 for training, No.1 for retention and No. 2 for benefits.

“NRECA takes pride in offering our employees not only competitive benefits but also a close-knit IT community focused on serving our members with new advanced technologies,” said Emerson.

Computerworld singled out NRECA’s commitment to training. “Career development is a priority…A mentoring program pairs IT staffers with seasoned leaders, and in 2012, 98 percent of IT employees attended custom on-site classes and workshops targeting specific areas of technology expertise,” the magazine said.

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