Investing in our Employees

We offer benefits to support you and your family now and in the future.


Employee Benefits and Perks

Taking care of your needs, and those closest to you, is a critical part of the NorthWestern Energy culture. Our benefits offer support for you now and in the future.

Offering competitive, cost-effective, and well-rounded benefits aligns with our desire to be an employer of choice. From a healthy employer contribution into your retirement plan, to generous paid time off (PTO), we have you covered for what matters. Our benefits are designed to meet the varied needs of our employees.

Competitive Salary

We offer competitive compensation with performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities.


401k Plan

We offer a 401K with a company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%.


Employee Stock Purchase Programs

Employees have the opportunity to purchase NorthWestern Energy stock at a discount.


Short-term and long-term disability

Our short-term and long-term disability is paid by the company to support income replacement in the event of injury or illness.


Health Care and Wellbeing programs

Our health insurance includes dental and vision for you and your dependents.


Spending Accounts

We offer Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Employees can earn money toward their HSA through participation in our wellness program.


Hybrid Work Environment

We offer the flexibility for employees to work part-time remotely, if their position allows.


Life Insurance

We offer company-paid basic life, with additional employee, spouse and child coverage available.


Paid Time Off (PTO)

Being able to take time off when they need it is a top survey response from our employee. We offer PTO, available starting on your first day.


Employee Wellbeing

We strive to take exceptional care of our employees. We offer a culture of physical, financial, emotional and social wellbeing, in order to support our employees at work and outside of work. We've designed our benefits to allow employees to take a holistic approach to their wellbeing.

We encourage our employees to lead healthy lifestyle.We help our employees prepare for the future through financial education and benefitsWe offer resources to help employees persevere through life's challengesWe value being a part of the community and encourage employees to be active members of their cities and towns.
Health and prescription drug insuranceA 401K plan with a company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%.Paid time off, available starting on your first dayProfessional development

Vision insurance

Competitive compensation with performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities
Paid holidaysTuition assistance
Dental insuranceFinancial Education offered through FidelityFlexible hybrid work environmentVolunteer programs and grants
Health spending and savings accounts (FSA, HSA)Life InsuranceEmployee Assistance ProgramLeadership programs
Short- and long-term disability insuranceAccidental death and dismemberment insuranceAdoption and fertility assistanceSupervisor development programs
Opportunity to earn incentives through our wellbeing programDependent care flexible spending accountPaid parental leave 
 Employee Stock Purchase Program  



Annual Enrollment 

During annual enrollment current employees can enroll in or change their medical, dental, vision, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and life insurance coverage elections. Annual enrollment for the 2023 plan year runs from October 5 – 21, 2022. All active employees enroll online through iConnect.

Enrollment Materials All Employees

Except IBEW #44 Pipes and Wire Hired Prior to 5/1/2022 and UA #41/459 Hired Prior to 6/1/2022

Enrollment Materials: Certain Represented Montana Employees

IBEW #44 Pipes & Wires hired prior to 5/1/2022 and UA #41/459 hired prior to 6/1/2022

New Hire Enrollment 

As a new hire, you are eligible to enroll for benefits that will be effective on the first day of the month following your hire date. You will have 31 days from the first day of the month after your hire date to select your benefits.

Enrollment Materials All Employees

Except IBEW #44 Pipes and Wire Hired Prior to 5/1/2022 and UA #41/459 Hired Prior to 6/1/2022

Our Code of Conduct and Ethics

Employees report we are true to our Code of Conduct. We conduct business safely and with integrity and respect, as outlined in our Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Current Employees

Find additional benefit information for current employees and their families.


Find additional benefit information for retirees.

Our assistance program offers free counseling

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Our assistance program offers free counseling

Our employees’ health and safety is a top-priority at NorthWestern Energy. Health and safety includes mental health and wellbeing, too. NorthWestern offers a no-cost benefit available to employees and their dependents to assist when facing difficult life challenges. Our employee assistance program is free to employees and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers up to six free counseling sessions, per person, per issue, per year for employees, spouses and dependents. 

Earn incentives with our wellbeing program

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Earn incentives with our wellbeing program

NorthWestern is committed to employee health and safety in the workplace and at home. Employees and benefit-enrolled spouses are eligible to participate in our Employee Wellbeing Program. By participating in the program, employees have the opportunity to earn incentives such as:
  • Additional company contribution towards medical premium costs
  • Additional company contribution to a Health Savings Account (HSA)

We encourage our employees to volunteer

NorthWestern Energy encourages all employees to be active members of their community. We let our employees choose their charity and NorthWestern pays them to volunteer! We also fund charities in the name of our employees.

We invest in our employees and culture

Brian Bird talks to employees in the Helena District Office.

We invest in our employees and culture

We invest significant resources in maintaining a culture that supports the ongoing development of our workforce. NorthWestern Energy strongly believes in the development of its employees. Along with a robust training program when new employees start, we also offer new employee orientation within the first six months of employment, and a chance to create a new hire development plan with your supervisor. We also offer tuition reimbursement for those studying in a field related to their job. In addition, employees find our vice presidents and CEO to be very accessible, and many have personally met our board of directors.  

We believe every employee can lead

Employees tour the Dave Gates Generating Station

We believe every employee can lead

Each year, every employee has the opportunity to apply for Leadership NorthWestern, a program designed to build business acumen and relationships across the company and to unleash the leadership skills every employee embodies. The program provides 30 participants with a unique opportunity to learn about NorthWestern Energy and the environment in which it operates, the opportunity to network with others across the organization and to gain a better understanding of where their role fits into the larger picture at NorthWestern Energy.

We invest in our supervisors

Leadership NorthWestern

We invest in our supervisors

NorthWestern supports growing leaders through Leadership Boot Camp, a yearlong program that covers topics such as coaching, communication, developing others, delegation, change management, performance feedback, financial acumen, and rates and regulation. About 20 supervisors, managers and leaders are chosen for this intensive training program each year.

In addition to Boot Camp, NorthWestern also assigns new supervisors a learning plan to follow to help them succeed and grow as new leaders within the company.