Keith Forbes

One Great Place to Work

We’ve always known that TVA is a terrific place to work. Now it’s official: TVA has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the best large employers in America.

When you envision a great place to work, what comes to mind? An atmosphere of teamwork? Opportunities for growth? A built-in mission of service? A great 401k? A priority on diversity and inclusion? Value placed on training and education? Good salaries?

You’ll find all of those things—and more—right here at TVA, which was named in 2017 as one of Forbes magazine’s best large employers to work for.

Forbes relied on statistics firm Statista to interview 30,000 people from 1,800 companies across the country and arrive at a list of the 500 best large companies to work for. To devise its rankings, Statista asked responders for qualitative data, such as their willingness to recommend their employer, and to rate on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) statements such as the following:

  • A good performance at work is recognized and praised.
  • My employer encourages me to take the initiative and develop new ideas.
  • I am satisfied with my working hours.
  • I can organize my own work.
  • The company pays a good wage/salary.
  • Men and women have the same opportunities for advancement.
  • I like the way my employer handles ethnic diversity.
  • The company is environmentally responsible.
  • There is a climate of fairness and trust.
  • My current work is interesting.       
  • My employer offers a healthcare plan.
  • My employer is doing well financially.


TVA made the cut, and indeed scored well—coming in at 280 for it’s strong focus on three areas of service: energy, environmental stewardship and economic development.

In a very real sense, TVA’s “energy” is more than electricity—it’s people. Thousands of men and women dedicate themselves every day to TVA’s mission of service. From engineers and linemen to biologists and archeologists, and from plant managers to craftsmen and financial advisors to human resources specialists, each offers their skill, commitment and passion to making life better for everyone—including their fellow employees.

“We are honored and excited to be included on this list of top employers,” says President and CEO Bill Johnson. “TVA has a great mission, and thousands of men and women dedicate themselves to serving more than 9 million people in the Valley every day. It’s exciting to know that our employees want to share this experience with others.”

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