Williams and its affiliates work to attract a diverse and talented workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please see our 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report for a robust discussion of our philosophy on total compensation and benefits for our employees.
At year-end 2010, Williams employed 5,018 people in the United States, with the majority of those jobs concentrated in Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. Williams also employs 51 people in Canada, bringing our total employment to 5,069. None of our U.S.-based employees at year-end were members of labor unions.
Our most senior executive for employee relations is our Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Robyn Ewing. She is responsible for the human resources function, among others, and is a member of Williams’ Executive Officer Team.
Compensation and benefits
Williams promotes a sense of equity in total compensation by offering every employee market-competitive base pay and annual cash incentive opportunities. Our total payroll for 2010, including gross pay and annual incentive bonuses, was nearly $518 million, a 3.6% increase over 2009.
Williams’ benefits programs are very strong and remarkably competitive. Employee benefits generally make up 39.9 percent of our employees’ pay versus 38.8 percent for companies in our industry and 35 percent for other Fortune 500 companies (Towers Perrin Oil & Gas Benefits Study, May 2010).
Our combined pension and 401(k) benefits are well above the average for our competitors as well.
Every three years, we conduct our Core Values & Beliefs survey – an in-depth study into the company’s ethical and cultural climate and a means for employees to make their collective voices heard by senior management. Each time Williams launches the survey, the goal is to identify some key areas for action. The most recent survey was completed in late 2008, and the results were detailed in our 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, beginning on page 24.
Focus on Diversity
Williams is considered a leader in our industry for our integrated approach to diversity and inclusion in the work place. Williams employees have established a number of employee resource groups that are actively working throughout the company. Our Business Resource Groups (BRGs) and field groups, called EPIC (Expanding the Possibilities Through an Inclusive Culture) teams establish measurable goals each year and strive to add value to the business by aligning these goals with our business strategies.
In addition, the company has a foundational competency centered on diversity that is included in our Williams’ performance review criteria for all employees. This competency is described as each employee’s ability to value and encourage diversity; and respect and leverage the backgrounds, capabilities and ideas of others, resulting in collaborative working relationships.
Williams is an Equal Opportunity Employer. None of our employees are represented by unions or covered by collective bargaining agreements.
Additional information about Williams’ focus on diversity can be found in the 2008 report.
Recognized as a ‘Best Place to Work’
Williams’ reputation for workplace excellence was recognized in publications in Oklahoma, Houston and Salt Lake City during 2010.