New Hires

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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


​Prior to your arrival, you will receive a “welcome” 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 receive your badge.

The rest of the sections below will provide you with additional information and the required documents you need to bring with you on your first day. Please click on all the links to the documents 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).  If this form is required for your position, our Access Authorization department will be contacting you directly via email within 1-2 weeks prior to your hire date. Please follow the instructions carefully. It is critical that this form is completed prior to your arrival as it could delay the receiving of your badge.


 Required New Hire Forms


​On your first day, you will attend Onboarding where you will turn in the required completed new hire forms (see below links). You will also meet with our Benefits representative who will go over employee benefits and answer any questions you may have.

REMINDER: Please follow instructions and complete all required forms as much as possible and bring them with you on your first day.   

Important supporting documentation for the Direct Deposit form and I-9 forms are needed.  Please read the below carefully and make sure to bring these supporting documents with you on your first day.

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 along with the above Authorization Form for Direct Deposit on your first day to avoid a delay in issuing your paycheck:

  • Voided check OR
  • Letter from the bank on the bank's letterhead showing routing and account number.  Direct Deposit slips are NOT accepted.

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

I-9 Form Documentation

Please review the list of acceptable documents on page 4 of the I-9 form. You will need to provide either one item from List A, OR a combination of items-one from List B and one from List C.

If you have any questions on completing this form you can always click on the button that says 'Instructions' at the top of the form for more details.  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.


 Required Employee Benefits Forms



Temporary ​Employee benefits information


Temporary employees may be eligible for Pension, Medical Insurance &/or accrued personal time.  Please review the 2020 Temporary Employee Benefits Summary for more details about the programs and eligibility requirements.  


Regular ​Employee benefits information


Please review the 2020 Benefits Summary Booklet 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.


Public employees retirement system forms


Energy Northwest employees are required to participate in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) pension plan ( 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 for regular hires (this does not apply to outage employees):


Required within 90 days of hire:


 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.  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 REMINDER: As part of Energy Northwest's security, visitor's vehicles are searched at the Security Access Point.  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.

PLEASE NOTE: Energy Northwest corporate and most other facilities are located in the vicinity of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant. This is a high-security area with a security checkpoint when entering and leaving. The following items are prohibited in this area: explosives, incendiary devices, alcoholic beverages, marijuana, illegal drugs, controlled substances without prescription, firearms, ammunition, chemical agents, self-defense sprays (such as mace, pepper spray etc.), Tasers and other self-defense items. 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 and park anywhere you can find a spot. The Deschutes entrance is right under the building sign that says "Energy Northwest" (by the flagpole).

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 1-182 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 (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 Management 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.

2020 Payroll Calendar

2019 Payroll Calendar

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 vending machines on site in various locations for snacks and drinks.  However, we do not have a cafeteria where you can purchase food so please pack a lunch.  We have refrigerators and microwaves available for all employees to use. 

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


 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


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


 Tuition Reimbursement Program