Posted by Kindra K., Marketing Coordinator
July 18, 2019
We combed through thousands of job postings on Indeed to determine which companies are hiring the most electricians in 2019. We also evaluated the overall ratings of those companies, as well as individual reviews to give you a sense of what working for those companies might be like.
If you own an electrical business, it can be helpful to know what other companies are hiring. This can give you a sense of the electrical industry as a whole, as well as give you a feel for who the biggest players in the industry are.
If you’re looking for a job as an electrician, knowing what companies have electrician job openings can be useful. It can give you a sense of what types of jobs are available and where you might consider applying for a job.
In the third installment of our series on the national electrician job market using data collected from Indeed.com (read about Electrician National Salaries), we took a look at the companies that have the most electrician jobs posted in the country.
First, a bit of context about the data that our team collected.
When collecting the data, we took into account whether electrician appeared in both the job title and the job description. This means that some jobs could have electrician duties while not being exclusively electrician jobs (such as a smart home installation technician).
Nevertheless, we didn’t exclude these jobs from the data since they include at least some electrical responsibilities.
We did, however, exclude job listings from Lowes. This is due to the fact that in many cases, the job listings aren’t for electricians but simply for someone who will be selling electrical supplies.
With that in mind, let’s look at what the data had to say.
Which companies have the most electrician jobs open in 2019?
Looking at job listings across all 50 states, the 14 companies with the most electrician job listings are:
One point of interest from the data above is that only one of the top five companies hiring electricians is primarily an electric company (Rogers). The rest are either government agencies, such as the Army National Guard and U.S. Army, or engineering/property development companies (AECOM, Vivint Smart Home).
This data suggests that if you’re looking for an electrician job, you should expand your search beyond electrical companies.
Additionally, if you run an electrical company, you may want to think outside the box when looking for your next hire. You may have a better chance of finding qualified applicants from the U.S. Army rather an electrical company.
In fact, you may be better off looking outside the electrical industry proper and instead focusing on bigger organizations that regularly hire electricians, such as the Army National Guard.
Going beyond the raw data, we wanted to get into the nitty-gritty about who’s hiring for what roles, as well as specifically what types of electrical jobs are in demand across the country.
To achieve this, we did some manual research into the listings on Indeed and extracted examples of specific job listings being posted.
So what types of electrical jobs are being posted by the top five companies? Here are some samples of job descriptions pulled directly from Indeed.
The Army National Guard (ARNG), in conjunction with the Air National Guard, is a militia force and a federal military reserve force of the United States.
They currently have approximately 343,000 enlisted members.
Electrician, Marine: This position is assigned to the Dredge Jadwin, a Class I, diesel-electrically powered dustpan pipeline dredge operating along the Mississippi River. This position also includes installing, repairing, maintaining, and inspecting all electrical, air conditioning, and heating equipment located on this large, self-sustained and self-propelled dredge.
12R Interior Electrician: This position includes installation and wiring electrical hardware like transformers, junction boxes, service panels, electrical boxes, switches, and circuit breakers. The position requires knowledge of trade tools and the skill to read blueprints and wiring plans. The electrician must also ensure the safety of electrical work and systems using test meters.
Both of these positions clearly require specific electrical skills. They are not generalist roles, but require specific knowledge of the tools of the electrical industry, as well as the ability to complete electrical related tasks.
This suggests that if you plan on applying for an electrical job in the U.S. Army, you’ll need to have finely honed your electrical know-how.
Rogers is a leading facility service provider for electrical, lighting, HVAC, plumbing, distribution and contractor service needs. As a self-performing service provider, Rogers specializes in providing management, labor, materials, and equipment to install and maintain electrical, lighting, HVAC, plumbing and other facility solutions.
They currently have approximately 1,300 employees.
Construction Electricians and Apprentices: 5-10 years of experience are required for construction electricians and 1-3 years are required for apprentices. These positions require a wide spectrum of skills, including the ability to read blueprints, run conduit, wire and terminate devices, perform quality control testing and troubleshooting. The positions also require a working knowledge of installing electrical systems in a new construction setting.
Service Electrician: 5-10 years of experience as a commercial electrician is required for this position. Previous service/maintenance experience is also necessary. This position requires the ability to read blueprints, run conduit, wire and terminate devices, perform quality control testing and troubleshooting. Additionally, working knowledge of installing electrical systems in new construction settings is also necessary.
As with the electrician positions available at the Army National Guard, a detailed electrical knowledge is necessary to perform these jobs effectively. In fact, most of the jobs require some previous experience. Given that Rogers specializes in electrical work, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
If you’re looking for a job that is specific to the electrical industry, Rogers appears to be a good option.
Vivint, Inc. (known as Vivint Smart Home) is a private smart home services provider in the United States and Canada. In 2012, The Blackstone Group acquired Vivint for more than $2 billion. As of March 2019, Vivint had over 1.4 million customers in the U.S. and Canada.
They currently have approximately 11,000 employees.
Smart Home Technician: A smart home technician is responsible for installing and servicing authorized smart home technology in customer homes. They must be able to explain and provide detailed system capabilities and operational instructions and to conduct routine maintenance and inventory of company products.
Field Service Professional: Just like a Smart Home Technician, a Field Service Professional is responsible for installing and servicing authorized smart home technology in customer homes, as well as explaining and providing detailed system capabilities and operational instructions, and conducting routine maintenance and inventory of company products.
Unlike the previous two companies, in which specific electrical skills were required, “electricians” for Vivint Smart Home seem to more “jack of all trades” employees. They are certainly be required to do some electrical work while installing smart home technology, but they are not required to have the full range of electrical skills that a master electrician would have.
If you’re in the hunt for specifically an electrician job, you may be better off applying at companies like The Army National Guard or Rogers.
The United States Army (USA) is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. As a uniformed military service, the U.S. Army is part of the Department of the Army, which is one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense.
The U.S. Army currently has approximately 1,018,000 total uniformed personnel (this includes branches like the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve).
Interior Electrician: (Note: Training is provided for this job). The Interior Electrician must be able to install transformers, junction boxes, circuit breakers, service panels, switches, electrical boxes, and lightning rods. The electrician must also be able to read blueprints, wire plans and repair orders to determine layouts/repair. They must have the capacity to test equipment for the operational conduction of circuits, inspect power distribution systems, shorts in wires and faulty equipment, as well as repair and replace faulty wiring and lighting fixtures.
Field Service Technician: Field Service Technicians inspect, test, troubleshoot, perform start-up and collect data of low, medium and high voltage (to 500kV) electrical systems, and relay calibration and power metering. The Field Service Technician also performs instrument transformer tests, power transformer testing (Doble, TTR, Insulation Resistance, etc.), electro-mechanical and solid state relay testing, cable testing (Tan Delta, Power Factor, VLF, DC Hipot), and Low, Medium and High voltage switchgear and circuit breaker testing.
Like the Army National Guard, electricians in the Army must have a robust knowledge of electrical systems and must be able to perform a full range of electrical tasks. These are not generalist positions like those offered by Vivint Smart Homes. They demand the ability to perform complex electrical tasks.
If you’re in the hunt for an electrician job specifically, the Army appears to be a good place to start looking.
AECOM is an American multinational engineering firm that provides design, consulting, construction, and management services to a wide range of clients.
They currently have approximately 87,000 employees.
Facilities Electrical Technician: This position is responsible for providing an advanced level of expertise in responding to work orders, troubleshooting, servicing, and documenting the electrical and controls needs of equipment and systems related to HVAC units for CNC production equipment, conveyors, motors, lighting systems, control circuits, VFDs, PLCs, conveyors, cranes, and hoists.
Electrical Technician: The electrical technician must be able to perform corrective and preventative maintenance of facility electrical systems, equipment, and components such as generators, switchgear, transformers, programmable logic controllers, motors, HVAC units, control and power circuits. They must also be able to verify the installation conduit, cable trays, raceways, wiring and other associated electrical equipment in support of plant configuration. The electrician must have the ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, layouts, and specifications in performing duties to ensure system integrity is maintained.
These positions clearly require technical skill and are not generalist positions, such as those posted by Vivint Smart Homes. Applicants for these jobs must have appropriate electrical skills if they hope to land a job with AECOM.
If you’re considering taking a job at a company, you want to know what the company environment is like. What’s it like working for a particular company? What’s the company culture like? Is management supportive? Are there opportunities for advancement?
To give you a sense of what it might be like to work for some of the aforementioned companies, here are some individual reviews from the top 5 companies.
The Army National Guard appears to be an outstanding organization to work for, with review scores ranging from 4.1 to 4.3 (out of 5.0).
The reviews seem to indicate that compensation and benefits are a big strength of the the organization, as well as job security and the opportunity for advancement. The biggest weaknesses seem to be work/life balance and management style.
An aircraft electrician left a glowing 5-star review, saying, “Fantastic place to work. Great learning experience as well as great co-workers to work with. Outstanding place to grow as well as great place and opportunities for promotion to further your career.”
As suggested by the overall reviews, this suggests that the Army National Guard offers outstanding opportunities for advancement.
Overall, Rogers appears to be a fine place to work -- not outstanding but not terrible. The average review scores range from 3.0 to 3.4.
The biggest strengths of the company appear to be compensation and benefits, culture, and work/life balance. The biggest weaknesses are management and job and security advancement.
An electrician left a 4-star review, saying, “Rogers Electric has been the most pleasant company I've worked for. The wages are not bad, however, I was promised a raise before starting a job almost 500 miles away from my house. The raise never came and was a partial reason for my departure.”
This review seems to indicate that there is indeed a breakdown between management and employees. Additionally, it suggests that for some positions, finding work/life balance may be somewhat challenging.
From a 40,000 foot perspective, Vivint Smart Home appears to fall somewhat in the middle. It doesn’t seem to be a bad company to work for but it also doesn’t approach the scores of the Army National Guard. The review scores range from 3.1 to 3.5.
A number of reviews suggest that the company doesn’t pay particularly well, at least compared to other companies.
As one review noted: “I have a family and was not able to keep up with the financial demands on the hours I was getting. This is a great opportunity for someone young and single or in a household with multiple incomes.”
A number of reviews also suggest that there is a breakdown between management and employees at times. As one scathing review noted: “Don't let them kid you with their "team mentality" BS...they are in this business for themselves, the customer comes second, and employees are nothing but replaceable.”
With scores ranging from 3.8 to 4.4, the U.S. Army appears to be an excellent organization to work for. Obviously, some employees will find the rigors of the Army challenging, but for the most part, employees seem to genuinely like their jobs.
One employee left a 5-star review, saying, “A typical day of work consisted of PT from 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM. Followed by work call at 9:30AM to 5:00PM sometimes longer. Overall good environment to work in very friendly and family oriented.”
Another employee left a less than glowing review, saying, “The Army is a great place to make a career or even do a few years to get your benefits and get out to get your degree. The problem is the promotion system. If you are book smart you get promoted, if you know your job...not so much. The benefits are great and the pay is kinda poor but could be worse. The hours are long and the work-life balance is almost nonexistent but I loved what I did and what we stood for.”
The U.S. Army is a unique organization to work for. It seems that most people really love their jobs, while a few struggles with the management style that is unique to the army. If you are able to deal with the management structure, it appears that the army can be an outstanding career option for an electrician.
With scores ranging from 3.1 to 3.6, AECOM appears to be a decent company to work for. Their strongest points appear to be work-life balance and pay and benefits. Their weakest points are job security and advancement and management.
For example, one employee left a critical review of management, saying, “Lots of turnover, plenty of people jumping ship, while managers and directors make promises such as promotions and bonuses that they do not keep. It's expected for people to stay during weekends and holidays.”
Another employee left a more positive review, saying, “Cordial and productive work environment, with flexible work hours and good work life balance. Challenging work assignments with good opportunity for development and growth.”
As with all large companies, there will be a variety of opinions on whether it’s a good company to work for. Based on the reviews, the biggest problem at AECOM does seem to be the management and the way the company is run.
To give you a more general sense of what it’s like working for all of the companies we listed, here is the aggregate review data from Indeed.
These scores take into account all the reviews left by current and former employees and create five distinct scores, each representing a different aspect of the company.
Based on the scores above, the employers with the highest overall ratings are the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army. The worst companies to work for are Faith Technologies Inc. and Emcor. When searching for jobs, take these overall scores into account.
The data above suggests that there are plenty of electrician jobs to be found throughout the United States. Whether you’re just getting out of trade school and are looking for your first job or are a seasoned veteran looking for a change, you should be able to find a job. Electrical trade shows are also good networking events to help you land a job.
Overall, the best organizations to work for as an electrician appear to be the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army. If you’re in the market for a new job, you might be wise to start by looking at these two organizations.
When it comes to the other organizations listed above, there appear to be pros and cons to all of them. Some people have wonderful experiences working for a particular company, while others have less than optimal experiences.
Regardless, now is an outstanding time to start looking for a job as an electrician. Opportunities abound for individuals of all experience levels.
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