SWN believes in treating every employee with respect, dignity and fairness, and this belief guides our approach to workforce policies and programs – from recruiting and integrating new employees to supporting employees’ career development.

Recruitment and Onboarding

We believe in selecting individuals driven to collaborate, who help deliver results as a team and who demonstrate a genuine care for others and a desire to do the Right Thing at all times. To us these qualities are just as important, if not more so, than simply having good technical abilities or functional job skills. Further, SWN actively recruits and seeks candidates in our areas of operation as part of a commitment to hiring locally and expanding economic opportunity in our communities. We also recruit through a range of channels to attract candidates to increase our workforce diversity.

In most years, SWN offers summer internships to college-level candidates and preferentially hires participants into full-time positions upon graduation. Similarly, many new hires who join SWN directly out of college, particularly in technical fields, begin their careers in a mentor-guided rotational program, during which they cycle through different roles within the company before being placed in a longer-term position.

Sharing the SWN culture with new employees is a key focus of our employee onboarding process.

All new employees participate in the R2 (Right People doing the Right Things) workshop, which provides a comprehensive look at who we are as a company and the importance of our culture.

Training and Development

Our employee development programs aim to provide SWN employees with the right tools, training and resources to be successful. We offer a range of development solutions targeted at meeting individual employees’ needs.  In 2019, for example, we focused our leadership development programs on inspiring leaders to be “boundaryless” in thinking and action, recognizing and breaking through constraints to enable them to elevate to higher-level thinking and enterprise-level solutions.

In 2019, we conducted a comprehensive employee engagement survey that helped us better understand the degree to which employees are aligned with the company’s strategy and feel empowered to perform, grow and be innovative. SWN’s highly engaged workforce demonstrated once again the importance of everyone contributing to the success of the company, with 90 percent participation in the survey and results that exceeded both industry and high-performing company norms.

SWN invests significantly in high-level technical training programs to ensure our employees have the necessary technical knowledge and skills our business demands. We also offer various programs aimed at building nontechnical skills such as communicating with and influencing others. In addition, our numerous health, safety and environmental trainings provide opportunities to bolster employees’ skills and careers.