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NRECA Overview

Arlington, VA
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Membership Organizations
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the trade association representing close to 900 electric cooperatives that provide power to over 42 million Americans in 47 states. We set the standard for industry leadership across many fields including ... Read more

Mission: To promote, support and protect the community and business interests of electric cooperatives.

Company Updates

  • Here’s how electric cooperatives across the country pitched in to help Texas co-op staffers who’d lost their homes to Hurricane Harvey.

    Out of the Headlines, But Not Out of Their Lives - America's Electric Cooperatives

    Plastic sheeting flapping in the wind on shattered roofs. Repairs delayed as drywall and other construction materials remain backordered. Repeatedly looking for something you want or need only to discover it was damaged or destroyed. Hurricane Harvey is long gone.

  • Proud to be #6 on the Washington Post’s list of the top places to work in the DC region. The unique co-op culture puts service above self, and that’s a mission that is baked into our DNA. Thanks to our employees and members for making this possible!

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NRECA – Why Work For Us?

Cooperatives Build A Better World

At NRECA, we believe cooperatives build a better world and we are looking for talented people to join us.

We are a mission-driven organization with more than 700 employees supporting more than 900 private, consumer-owned electric cooperatives across the country.

More than just a trade association:

  • NRECA administers the health and retirement plans for more than 43,000 employees nationwide.
  • NRECA works with co-ops to bring electricity to communities across the globe.
  • NRECA advocates on behalf of our 42 million electric consumers from Alaska to Maine to Florida.
The Electric Cooperative Story

A Great Place to Work

We think NRECA is a great place to work — but don't just take our word for it, see what AARP, Northern Virginia Family Service, and Computerworld and Washingtonian magazines have to say:

  • NRECA's Lincoln Nebraska Headquarters has been honored by The Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM) with the 'Gold Level 2014 Well Workplace Award,' for excellence in wellness promotion.
  • For ten straight years NRECA has been on Computerworld's "100 Best Places to Work in IT" list.
  • In 2009 and 2011, the Washingtonian included NRECA on the magazine's list of "Great Places to Work."
  • In 2013, Northern Virginia Family Service recognized NRECA for promoting a positive work-life balance with its eighth CARE Award.
  • AARP has included NRECA two years running on its list of "Best Employers for Workers Over 50."


Competitive Benefits Package

At NRECA, we work to ensure our compensation and benefits plans are competitive. Here are some of the benefits that make NRECA a great place to work:

Holistic Wellness

NRECA cares about the total health and well-being our employees. This means creating opportunities for them to kick back together, or step up together. In addition to offering traditional health insurance benefits, NRECA hosts regular health screenings and fitness classes, offers free on-site gym access, regular Weight Watchers programs, and we have several health and weight loss programs available to employees through our benefits provider.

And total wellness isn't just about our bodies. NRECA also encourages financial wellness through a generous 401(K) and defined benefit pension plan, tuition assistance, commuter assistance, national discount programs and free personal investment counseling.

Work-life Balance

NRECA offers generous personal time off as well as 11 paid holidays to ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance. We also offer alternate work arrangements and other flexibilities to help employees feel personally and professionally fulfilled.

We are dedicated to providing opportunities for employees to get to know one another outside the office. We offer paid time off for volunteering and regularly take part in charitable and team-building activities together.

Concern for Community

Concern for Community is one of the seven cooperative principles, and one to which NRECA is very dedicated. NRECA and its employees support various local, national and international charities including; matching contribution campaigns, "in-kind giving" drives for food, clothing, school supplies and blood. NRECA also promotes a variety of community service projects.


Serve Our Co-ops; Serve Our Country

Serve our Co-ops; Serve our Country is a nationwide initiative to honor and employ veterans, military service members, and their spouses. The program focuses on educating and training co-ops to implement nationally recognized leading practices in attracting, hiring, onboarding and retaining veterans. The second focus area of this program is to care for the veteran communities that live in suburban and rural areas.

NRECA Reviews

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  • "Member-driven, National cooperative trade association"

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    I worked at NRECA full-time (More than 3 years)


    Working for a member-driven, organization, that espouses and lives by cooperative principles and values; great benefits and long-term employment culture


    Very autocratic senior leadership pyramid; too many silos; member cooperatives are from predominantly “red states”; national support for coal power plants; it vehemently opposed all Obama administration proposed regulations to combat climate change

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NRECA Photos

NRECA photo of: NRECA employees participate in our Employee Appreciation Day and Ice Cream Social.
NRECA photo of: Our Summer Internship Program gives rising Juniors and Seniors the opportunity to gain real world professional experience.
NRECA photo of: Annual Board Picnic.
NRECA photo of: The 2015 Relay for Life team takes laps to cure cancer.
NRECA photo of: Members of our lobbying team and board directors at the Annual Summer Board Picnic.
NRECA photo of: Members of our Relay for Life team.
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NRECA Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at NRECA (Arlington, VA) in December 2017.


    Four month process. Final in person interview was with 6 individuals, took three hours. An individual in my network told me that they selected someone in December but I did not hear from H.R. until a month later. The same person stated that the hiring manager thought that I was too experienced, which to me means ageism.

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NRECA Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Places to Work in IT(10), ComputerWorld, 2015
  • CARE Awards(Workplace Innovation and Family Friendly Policies), Northern Virginia Family Service, 2014
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2016
  • 2016 CARE Award, Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS),, 2016
  • The 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2017, ComputerWorld, 2017
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