Exelon focuses on recruiting and retaining diverse pros
Exelon is working to hire a variety of professionals. It considers veterans “uniquely qualified” and casts a wide net to find and develop satisfied employees
Exelon has operations and business activities in forty-seven states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. The Exelon family of companies provides energy products and services to about 100,000 business and public sector customers and one million residential customers.
“We’re constantly looking for forward-thinking engineering and technical employees to help us develop better ways of delivering clean energy,” says Beth Grant, director of talent acquisition. “We seek candidates with a variety of engineering backgrounds. Our career opportunities range from power generation to competitive energy sales to transmission and delivery.”
Exelon recruits degreed engineers and IT professionals for roles like engineering design technician and IT analyst. “Exelon hired more than three hundred external candidates into engineering and IT roles in 2013, and we expect our need to continue this year,” says Grant. In April, the company had more than 130 open positions for pros with engineering degrees.
Minorities, women, veterans and people with disabilities: on the recruitment radar
Exelon aims to attract, develop, motivate and retain a diverse workforce, says Grant. “Exelon is dedicated to filling our pipeline with diverse professionals to meet projected workforce needs in the next three to five years. Through partnerships with state-level energy workforce development consortia, we work to strengthen energy career education and awareness,” she says.
Exelon provides mentorship, resources and education support through partnerships with middle schools, high schools and youth organizations in underrepresented communities, she reports. “Our intern recruitment efforts focus on universities and technical schools that attract students who reflect the diverse communities we serve. We work closely with campus chapters of national diversity organizations and seek opportunities to network with underrepresented student populations within STEM disciplines.”
Veterans: uniquely qualified
Exelon has been named an employer of choice by website G.I. Jobs six times, says Grant. “Veterans are uniquely qualified for the work we do, and we actively recruit them. Current veteran employees participate in career fairs to meet candidates in person.” In 2013, Exelon attended dozens of military recruiting events and updated an online tool that helps military personnel match their experience in the service with the careers the company offers.
“We support Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative. We have exceeded our commitment to fill at least ten percent of open positions over two years with former military personnel,” Grant says. “In 2013, Exelon hired 280 candidates with military experience, more than ten percent into engineering or IT roles. Former military personnel represented more than eleven percent of total new hires.”
The company is also strengthening partnerships with organizations that support recruitment of people with disabilities. One such connection is GettingHired.com, a full-service disability talent acquisition site. “This partnership makes all of Exelon’s job opportunities fully accessible to individuals with disabilities,” Grant says. “Exelon’s partnerships with Veteran Recruiting Services and the Wounded Warriors Project also allow us to connect with and recruit veterans with disabilities.” This year, Exelon launched a training program to help hiring managers hire individuals with disabilities.
More national outreach
Exelon partners with national diversity organizations like the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA). The company participates in educational panels and workshops and nominates its diverse employees for the organizations’ awards.
“In 2013, Exelon gave presentations on smart grid and nuclear energy at the SWE conference and on core competencies at the SHPE conference. We also participated in panel discussions at the BEYA conference,” says Grant. “Our involvement with these organizations helps us better understand and manage recruitment, retention and advancement issues related to diversity and inclusion.”
In 2013, an Exelon employee received the SHPE Manager of the Year award, and fourteen employees were honored at the 2014 BEYA conference.
“We strive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees by investing in engagement, awareness and training programs that emphasize the benefits of diversity to our business,” says Janese Murray, vice president of diversity and inclusion.
“In addition to webinars and in-person education opportunities, we maintain employee resource groups and diversity councils that represent a wide variety of communities, such as African Americans, Latinos, military veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and young professionals. These organizations strengthen employee relationships and promote communication and professional development.”
Exelon’s succession planning and talent review processes work to ensure women and minorities have every opportunity to succeed. “We measure our progress,” Murray says.
Encouraging rich lives
“Exelon knows that employees must have rich lives outside of work to be satisfied and productive. We provide programs that help them maintain a healthy work-life balance,” says Murray.
“We offer a flexible workplace. Eligible employees may work from home or telecommute. We offer adoption assistance, paternity leave, emergency backup childcare and alternative career tracks for employees with long-term family care issues. We have floating religious holidays and onsite religious accommodations, including prayer rooms.”
Exelon offers paid time off for volunteering, outreach and professional association activities, says Murray. Many employee resource groups lead volunteer events and participate in youth and student mentoring programs focused on STEM education.
“In 2012, women made up twenty-two percent of our employees and one-fifth of management, while people of color made up twenty-two percent of our workforce and sixteen percent of management,” says Murray. “While we’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, we know we still have more work to do,” she adds.
“Exelon operates in a world that is rich in diversity – race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religious affiliation, experience and thought,” Murray says. “We make every effort to attract, retain and advance employees who will best serve and represent our customers, partners and communities. We’re proud to have a workplace that is based on respect and gives every employee the opportunity to grow and contribute.”