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​Welcome to Energy Northwest

Congratulations on your new position! We are excited that you have chosen to join the Energy Northwest team and hope that you will enjoy a long and rewarding career here.

This section is designed to provide you with information to help you prepare and acclimate into your new position. We have provided links to important and helpful information for you as you prepare for the transition.

Please read all the information carefully and contact your Human Resources generalist if you have any questions or concerns. We want to do everything possible to ensure that you have a welcoming and positive new hire experience.

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 Preparing for Your First Day

 

​About one week prior to your arrival, you will receive an email that contains important information regarding your first day schedule and contacts. Please be sure to bring this information with you on your first day so you can call your contacts once you get onsite.

The link below will take you to all the required documents you need to bring with you on your first day. You will also find links to training manuals that will help prepare you for the required computer-based training requirements for badging. Please click on all the links and follow the instructions thoroughly.

 

 Required Personal History Questionnaire Form

 

Personal history questionnaire

IMPORTANT! Depending on the type of badge required for your position, you may need to complete a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ).

There are five types of PHQ’s which differ depending on whether or not you have had prior unescorted access to a nuclear plant and the amount of time since your last access. If this form is required for your position, links to the different PHQ’s will be sent via a “welcome” email along with other details for your first day. This “welcome” email is sent out about one to two weeks prior to your start date.  Specific instructions on how to complete the PHQ is included with the form but if you have any additional questions regarding the PHQ, please contact your HR Generalist.of PHQ’s which differ depending on whether or not you have had prior unescorted access to a nuclear plant and the amount of time since your last access. If this form is required for your position, links to the different PHQ’s will be sent via a “welcome” email along with other details for your first day. This “welcome” email is sent out about one to two weeks prior to your start date.  Specific instructions on how to complete the PHQ is included with the form but if you have any additional questions regarding the PHQ, please contact your HR Generalist.

Please note: The PHQ must be printed single sided and cannot be dated or signed for more than 2 weeks prior to your scheduled arrival date.

On your first day, you will  go to your scheduled in-processing appointment where you will turn in your completed Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) and fulfill your Fitness-For-Duty requirements. During this appointment, you will get any questions you may have regarding this document answered. You will also participate in Computer-Based Training in which you are required to pass in order to receive a badge.

 

 Required New Hire Forms

 

​On your first day, you will attend Onboarding where you will turn in or complete the required new hire forms. You will also meet with our Benefits representative who will go over employee benefits and answer any questions you may have. Please follow instructions and complete all required forms as much as possible and bring them with you on your first day.   

Important supporting documentation to bring with you on your first day for the Electronic Funds Transfer and I-9 forms

Documentation for electronic funds transfer
(direct deposit)

Direct Deposit of your paycheck is required.  You will have the choice to have your paycheck directly deposited into your checking or savings account (you have to be on the account in order to use direct deposit).

Please bring the following documentation on your first day to avoid a delay in issuing your paycheck:

  • Checking Account – Bring voided check
  • Savings Account – Bring a print-out form from your bank or take our
    savings deposit form to your bank for completion for the Savings option

We can also accept an Auto Deposit Form, if your bank provides them to you. This form must include: your name, type of account (checking/savings), your account number, and bank routing number.

Please note that you may change your account choice at any time in the future by completing another form and providing it to Payroll.

Documentation for your eligibility to work in the US

Federal I-9 Form

Please review the list of acceptable documents. Please bring either one item from List A, OR one item each from List B and C.

Due to regulatory requirements, we can only accept an original Social Security Card (not laminated) or any expired documents.  If your card is laminated, please bring a different form of identification from List C or request a new Social Security Card and bring in the notice you receive from the Social Security Administration stating a new card has been requested.

We use the Federal E-Verify system which requires the I-9 information to be entered into their system within the first three days of hire. Therefore, it is very important that the required documents are brought with you on your first day in order for Human Resources to conduct verification and fulfill the
E-Verify requirements. 

 

 Required Employee Benefits Forms

 

​Employee benefits forms

Please review the Benefits Summary which provides an overview of our benefit options and the cost structure. For your convenience, near the bottom of this page, we have also provided medical, dental and vision comparison sheets that will assist you with your decisions.

Please review and complete these forms as much as possible. Then, bring them with you on your first day. A Benefits representative will meet with you to provide more information and to answer any questions you may have about your benefit selections.

  • PEBB Medical Enrollment Form (Medical is provided by the state of Washington's Health Care Authority (PEBB) (www.hca.wa.gov/pebb)
  • EN Dental/Vision/Life/AD&D/Disability enrollment form
    (provided by private carriers)
  • Section 125 Flexible Benefits Plan enrollment form

Public employees retirement system forms

Energy Northwest employees are required to participate in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) pension plan (www.drs.wa.gov). Please review the PERS Choice Booklet for detailed information regarding the two available plans, PERS 2 and PERS 3. You are allowed up to 90 days to choose your pension plan. A Benefits representative will meet with you to provide more information and to answer any questions you may have.

Required on first day:

Required within 90 days of hire:

Additional benefits information

 

 Computer-Based Training Manuals for Required Training

 

​Computer-based training manuals

During your first week of employment, you will participate in computer-based training which you will need to pass in order to receive a badge. To help prepare you for this training, will be provided links to these manuals in your “welcome” email that will be sent to you one to two weeks prior to your start date.  All badges (blue and green) require Plant Access Training so please review the PAT-01 manual prior to your first day. If Rad-Worker Training is required for your position, you will be notified to also review the RWT-01 manual. 

General Education Training manuals (GET):

Plant Access Training Manual (PAT)   

Rad-Worker Training Manual (RWT)  

Please note that we will be providing these manuals to you prior to the start of employment as an introduction to nuclear-related training. You are not expected to memorize all of the information in these manuals for you will go through several training modules and then will be tested on your knowledge. You will have three (3) chances to pass. You must pass successfully (80%) in order to obtain a badge. Employment with Energy Northwest is dependent on successfully obtaining the type of badge for the specific position for which you were hired for.

 

 Arrival Instructions

 

​When you arrive at Energy Northwest on your first day and until you receive your badge, security will need to complete a vehicle security search at the check point in order for you to enter the site. Please plan for approximately 10 to 15 minutes for this process. All you need to do is pull into the far right lane and Security will come to you.

IMPORTANT: Security will search your vehicle and you will need to show them photo identification such as your Driver's License to confirm your identity. You will be asked to open the hood and trunk of your car. This process takes a few minutes and is routinely done.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a high-security area with a security checkpoint. Energy Northwest corporate and most other facilities are located in the vicinity of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear energy facility. Certain items are prohibited inside a 1.2 mile radius of Columbia.  The following items are prohibited within this area: explosives, incendiary devices, self-defense sprays (such as mace), alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs (including marijuana as Energy Northwest abides by federal laws), firearms and ammunition. Bringing these prohibited items onto Energy Northwest property is a violation of Benton County Ordinance #225. Violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor and violators are subject to criminal prosecution.

Please check your vehicle for any of these prohibited items BEFORE driving to Energy Northwest property.

After the security check is completed, continue on to the Deschutes Building by following the road around and park anywhere you can find a spot. The Deschutes entrance is right under the building sign that says "Energy Northwest"
(by the flag pole).

Please use the phone provided in the lobby to call your department contact to meet you at the door. If you are unable to reach the person you are calling, you may call the Human Resources general line at ext. 5840.

Driving Directions

From I-182 West take exit #4/Wellsian Way/Vantage onto Bypass Hwy (WA-240W) toward Vantage. Continue north on Stevens Drive/Route 4 for approximately 10 miles.

As you are driving north, you will see an Energy Northwest sign with arrows. Continue straight past this sign, following the arrow to Columbia Generating Station.

Keep going straight (for about two miles) until you come to another Energy Northwest sign that says Columbia Generating Station. Take this right-hand turn.

Once you turn right, you will be on the main access road. You will see Columbia Generating Station and a security checkpoint directly ahead of you. Proceed to the far right lane at the security checkpoint.

Energy Northwest Map

 

 Helpful Information

 

Organizational chart

Energy Northwest Organization Chart

Quarterly new employee orientation

Within your first few months, you will be scheduled to attend our New Employee Orientation. This is a time where you will have the opportunity to meet our Senior Management Team who will provide an overview of Energy Northwest. You will spend the day learning more about our Excellence Model and various other topics. We hope you will look forward to this!

Payroll information

Energy Northwest employees are paid bi-weekly (every other Friday) via direct deposit. Please refer to our EN calendar for actual payday dates.

Energy Northwest Calendar 2014

Work schedules

For your first few days of employment, please follow the schedule provided to you by Human Resources. After you have completed your badging requirements, you will report to your supervisor. Your regular work schedule will then be determined.

We have a variety of different work schedules depending on your position. Your supervisor or manager will instruct you on which work schedule you will follow and any relevant expectations.

Dress code

The dress code for Energy Northwest is business casual. Our expectations are intended to create a professional environment appropriate for the type of work performed.

Employees are expected to use good judgment and common sense when selecting attire appropriate for the business need. Please keep in mind that employees should err on the side of caution; if an item is questionable, then another item of attire should be selected. These guidelines apply to all full-time, part-time, temporary and contractor employees while in or on Energy Northwest premises.

Employees are also required to wear footwear appropriate for the weather and work environment. We have gravel walking areas that require close-toed footwear for safety reasons.

Lunch options

We have a cafeteria in the Deschutes Building where you will be for your first few days of employment. Refrigerators and microwaves are available to store items in or you can purchase breakfast and lunch.

There are three other cafeterias available for employees. There is a cafeteria is located inside the Protected Area in the Okanogan Building, another one located in the Kootenai Building and a third cafeteria located at the Multi-Purpose Facility in downtown Richland.

Adverse weather information

In the event that adverse weather conditions exist, please exercise good judgment on getting to work safely. Announcements of delayed reporting for all Energy Northwest locations in the Tri-Cities will be made on Cherry Creek Radio stations: KONA 610 AM and 105.3 FM, and surrounding community radio stations.

Please note that announcements will specifically state instructions for Energy Northwest employees. Please do not follow instructions for Hanford personnel.

In case of an emergency

In the rare event of an emergency when you are onsite, it is important for all new employees to know that our emergency phone number to call is ext. 2222. We have trained first responders that will respond immediately. Please do not call 911 if you are in any buildings on or near Columbia Generating Station. However, our downtown Richland offices do require calling 911.

Use of electronic communications

Email and Internet access

All Energy Northwest employees are responsible for complying with the Use of Electronic Communication, Intranet and Internet Access Policies and Procedures and the Corporate Cyber Security Policy Standards. Your supervisor will provide you with these policies within the first two weeks of hire. Please read them carefully so you have a good understanding of expectations regarding the use of electronic communications during work hours and when working remotely.

Cell phones

Cell phones are allowed in most buildings outside the Protected Area but are prohibited inside certain areas of the nuclear power plant. Also, please be aware that some carriers have limited cell phone coverage onsite and we suggest you check available coverage with your provider.​ If you have questions regarding cell phone use, please ask your supervisor.

 

 Health and Wellness

 

Wellness program

Health-E-Well is an online personal health management system to help you understand and maintain your health, giving you tools to incorporate healthy activities into your lifestyle, all the while earning valuable incentives for your active participation.

Flu shots – All employees are offered an annual flu shot on-site at no charge to the employee.

Health risk assessment – Participate in an annual overall health screening including a comprehensive health assessment questionnaire, blood tests for cholesterol and glucose, and PSA for men older than 45.

Employee assistance program          

Provides confidential counseling services to you and your family for personal problems, ranging from substance abuse, marital, financial, grief, stress and more. 

 

 Get Involved

 

Energy Northwest Employee Association

The Energy Northwest Employee Association (ENEA) sponsors recreational and social activities and gatherings of general interest to all members.

We hope you will consider joining!

ENEA membership form

U.S. Women in Nuclear 

U.S. Women in Nuclear (WIN) is the premier network of more than 4000 women and men who work in nuclear- and radiation-related fields around the country.

Join WIN 

Leadership Development Association

The Energy Northwest Leadership Development Association chapter provides management and leadership development.

Opportunities and related activities which meet the needs of members and offers benefit and services attractive to all levels of employees.

 

North American Young Generation in Nuclear 

North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) is a group at Columbia whose vision is to “Develop leaders to energize the future of nuclear.” NAYGN provides opportunities for a young generation of nuclear enthusiasts to develop leadership and professional skills, create life-long connections, engage and inform the public, and inspire today’s nuclear technology professionals to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Columbia chapter hosts events that engage young employees and develop them as leaders. Events include luncheons with speakers and social events to enhance the community at Columbia. For more information please refer to http://naygn.org/

 

Toastmasters International

The Energy Northwest Toastmasters Chapter provides a safe environment to practice and improve your communication and leadership skills. Members enjoy learning and practicing skills in various areas that can improve not only their professional lives but also their social lives.

 

 For New Managers and Supervisors

 

We are pleased to have you join our Energy Northwest leadership team. As a new manager or supervisor, you will be an integral part to our success. To prepare you for your new position, we have various programs and informational sites to assist you in your first few months as a manager or supervisor.

Manager 411 site

Once you start employment with us, look for our Manager 411 site on Inside EN - our intranet site. You will find it very helpful for information regarding performance management, supervision of personnel, time management and other important information. This site is your resource for frequently used procedures and guidelines.  

New leader orientation

Within your first month of hire, you will attend our New Leader Orientation. This course is designed to provide you with “snapshots” of pertinent information in various topics that you need to know within your first 100 days of employment. It is designed to provide you with an overall broad view and does not go in to specific details. You will get specific training on the topics below within the Management/Supervisory Training Qualification Program. 

Leadership Program

All new managers and supervisors will attend Leadership training. The goal of the program is two-fold; ensure that newly hired or promoted Leaders (Supervisors and Managers) are provided with timely support, training and qualification in their new positions and to refresh, reinforce and enhance their capabilities through continuing training. Qualification to your new leadership position must be completed within 18 months after assignment.

Initial Training

The initial training program provides training and education for the development of management and leadership skills and competencies. This includes, but is not limited to, training in the following topical areas:

  • Performance Management (e.g., Performance Management Fundamentals, Performance Appraisals, Coaching for Performance)
  • Compliance (e.g., Employee Concerns Program, Equal Employment Opportunity, Sexual Harassment)
  • Industrial Safety
  • Labor Relations
  • Self-Assessment (understanding one’s own strengths and weaknesses)
  • Leadership
Continuing Training

Quarterly Continuing Training is conducted to maintain and improve personnel knowledge, skills and competencies, and to refresh and reinforce leadership knowledge, skills and competences. Optional courses such as Crucial Conversations are also offered to enhance the capability of the leader.

 

 
 

 Tuition Reimbursement Program

 

​Tuition reimbursement program

Energy Northwest provides college tuition assistance for approved courses and/or programs applicable to positions available within the company. Energy Northwest may also cover the cost associated with certification and licensing programs. 

​Energy Northwest Vision

The region's leader in energy generation and public power solutions through sustained excellence in performance.

Energy Northwest Mission

Provide our public power members and regional ratepayers with safe, reliable and cost-effective power.

Energy Northwest
Core Values

Safety first
A strong safety culture permeates the organization – every employee takes personal responsibility and demonstrates commitment to nuclear, industrial, radiological and environmental safety.

Integrity in all we do
We earn trust by doing what we say we will do, ensuring our actions and words are consistent, honest and ethical.
We will help each other succeed through collaboration, mutual respect and trust.

Accountability for our actions
We take ownership and personal responsibility for both individual and team actions and results.

Excellence in performance
Relentless pursuit of the highest performance expectations
through continuous improvement and zero tolerance for deviation from standards, and dedication to fostering an environment of teamwork.

Our core values are essential to achieving our mission, vision and strategic initiatives. They guide our daily activities and behaviors, and are achieved through open and honest communication.