At Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., 87 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 2735 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 0.69. It was published on Sep 12, 2016. 1950 Visitors

What Employees Say

This is a physically safe place to work.
I believe management would lay people off only as a last resort.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.

What They Do

We asked Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

SEL makes electric power safer, more reliable, and more economical. To accomplish this mission, we design, manufacture, and support a complete line of products and services for the protection, monitoring, control, automation, and metering of electric power systems.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Manufacturing & Production
US Headquarters: Pullman, Washington US Sites: 38
Major Locations: Pullman, Washington; Lewiston, Idaho; Lake Zurich, Illinois; Charlotte, Illinois; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania US Employees: 3,393
Employees Worldwide: 4,229 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1982

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. has been awarded:

Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work for® 2012 (ranked 97)

Team Huddle


$29,414 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Assembler $80,079 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Software Engineer
93% Company-paid health coverage for employees 91% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
93% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$5,754 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k)
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free beverages during the day
  • Fitness classes
  • Personal travel service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Dry cleaning
Building Products


17 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 12 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
9 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 4 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment


$5,000 Adoption benefit


  • Onsite child care (only at headquarters)
  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Elder care resources
  • Offsite subsidized childcare
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Medical facilities (at some locations)
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

$888,320 Philanthropic donations in last year


  • EEO Cordinator is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

R&D Team


Lunch Break

How to Get Hired

We asked Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We look for a strong SEL-fit, someone who exemplifies the SEL values and philosophies. Candidates are asked to provide examples of SEL values such as ownership, creativity, quality, and customer focus in previous roles as well as explain why these values are important to them.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Show excellent communication skills through the clear and meticulous presentation of their resume and application materials.  While stable work history in their field of expertise is important, a prospective employee really stands out when he or she shows a passion for his or her craft and has experience in our industry.  Once in the interview process, candidates differentiate themselves from others when they are professional, positive, courteous, and energetic and are able to show how their personality and values match SEL Values and culture. Acting on feedback received at various stages of our interview process aligns well with our Quality value and working in a spirit of continuous improvement.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

SEL is always looking for software engineers and power engineers.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Interested candidates should check out the opportunities at

hiring Outlook

1,110 Job openings forecast for coming year 15 Average applicants per opening
15,734 Applications received 29% New hires by employee referrals
286 New positions created 270 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 117 New graduates hired
6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 12% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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