Benefits & Work Environment

Each electric co-op is committed to bringing you great career opportunities and benefits to help provide a better quality of life for you and your family. See for yourself the many advantages electric cooperatives offer.

When you work for an electric cooperative, you can feel secure in your benefits. In combination with competitive salaries, excellent benefits reward employees for the vital work they do and protect them and their families. Electric cooperative benefits often include:

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Retirement, often both a 401(k) and a non-contributory defined benefit pension, including financial planning
  • Protective insurances, including life, AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment) and others
  • Vacation, holidays, paid leave and sick leave
  • Other benefits, depending upon the co-op, such as 125 Plan flexible spending accounts, service awards, wellness and more

These benefits are comparable to, and sometimes more robust than those of investor-owned utilities and other companies throughout the United States. Because of their generous benefits and commitment to employees and communities, electric cooperatives can be the more desirable jobs in the areas they serve.

Electric cooperatives developed their own co-op-tailored benefits over 60 years ago through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), their national association. These benefits, which most, but not all, co-ops subscribe to, are the standard for all electric cooperative benefits. Whether you work for a small, mid-size or large electric cooperative, you will get the same level of benefits. NRECA benefits also are portable between co-ops that participate in their plans.

Education and Training
We are committed to giving our employees opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers. Whether you are looking to increase your skill set, advance in your job or change jobs, you can take advantage of a full range of distance learning and professional accreditation and certifications programs, as well as professional development programs. Most electric co-ops offer tuition reimbursement to obtain a certification or degree. 

America's electric cooperatives recognize their talented and diverse work force as a key competitive advantage. Our business success is a reflection of the quality and skill of our people. More than that, we value our diversity because it contributes to the richness and strength of our organizations. Moreover, including the ideas, opinions, perspectives and talents of all who make up our work force enriches the entire cooperative and the member-owners we serve. 

It is our goal to create a positive climate of learning, innovation, flexibility, inclusion, opportunity and growth. Our ability to serve more than 37 million people in 47 states across the country is enhanced by this positive work environment, which comes from our diversity. 

Electric cooperatives believe in treating all people with respect and dignity. We strive to create and foster a supportive and understanding environment in which all individuals realize their maximum potential within the organization, regardless of their differences. We are committed to employing thebest people to do the best job possible. 

America's electric cooperatives are committed to the goals of equal opportunity. We aim to provide a work environment for staff that fosters fairness, equity, and respect for social and cultural diversity: one that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.