Corporate Social Responsibility


Diverse, High-Performing Workforce

Williams employs more than 5,000 people across 24 states and Washington D.C. We’re an equal opportunity employer that values our diverse and skilled workforce. People are our most valuable resource. We possess immense powers of innovation, imagination, skill – and a desire to accomplish something of significance. Working as a team allows all of us to realize our full potential.

Diversity & Inclusion

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion begins with strong executive level support, with multiple executive officers serving as sponsors of employee-led inclusion and diversity efforts. Throughout the company, leaders strive to integrate inclusion initiatives into business strategy and create accountability through our performance management processes. At a board level, our Compensation and Management Development Committee reviews our diversity scorecard as well as talent planning annually.


Based on a committee review of employee-submitted nominations, Teresa Palacios, director of Financial Planning & Analysis, was selected to receive the 2018 Randy Barnard Leave the Ladder Down Award. This annual award recognizes leaders who go above and beyond to create an inclusive work environment in which everyone feels respected, valued, and connected.


We awarded the first Leave the Ladder Down Award in 2008 to Randy Barnard, then senior vice president of Williams Gas Pipeline. The award, given annually, was created by the Women’s Business Resource Group to recognize a leader who fosters an environment that attracts a high-performing and diverse workplace. The award was renamed after Barnard following his death in 2012.

EEOC Policy Statement

We have a strong commitment to equal opportunity in the workforce and believe in treating people with dignity and providing equal employment and advancement opportunities for all. We value the unique contributions that each employee brings to his/her role and consider the variety of perspectives and backgrounds of our team members a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Keeping Track

Quarterly Diversity Scorecards are used to track change over time on minority and female representation in every level of the organization, from talent acquisition practices to succession planning, and shared with the board annually. We benchmark ourselves using best practice information from Diversity Inc., Catalyst, Bersin, and Gartner, so we can continually improve.

Service Matters

About one in 10 of our employees is a military veteran. Well beyond their active military service, our veterans continue to help ensure our country’s security through safe, reliable energy supplies.


Our veterans inspire us to do our jobs the right way and the best way every day. We know the military offers exceptional experience and rigorous technical training; and we truly value what veterans have learned while serving our country. Accountability, focus on project execution, being quick to learn and rapid to adapt and focus on process safety and standards, are all highly valued traits that come from military service.

Talent Development and Recruitment

We depend on our employees to find solutions and opportunities for today’s biggest challenges while ensuring our nation’s energy is delivered safely and reliably. Our employees play a crucial part in driving our strategic and operational business results. From our technicians, who are responsible for the maintenance of our natural gas systems, to our engineers, who lay the foundation for the future of the energy industry, we are committed to providing our nation with clean, reliable and affordable energy.


We recruit talent nation-wide. Applicants will find our open positions posted on the Williams Careers section of our website. We also recruit on university and technical school campuses for entry-level opportunities and internships. Our internships provide interns with meaningful work and resources so they may serve as a robust candidate pool utilized to meet our entry-level full-time needs in specific disciplines.

Building Our Talent

Diversity & Inclusion Training: Ongoing diversity and inclusion training, including company-wide unconscious bias training and integration into all leadership development programs.

Targeted Recruitment: Targeted recruitment via robust K-12, university, and technical school partnerships and outreach, building candidate and talent pools reflective of the diverse and culture-rich areas where we operate.

Early Career Professional Development Program: Developing leaders through our Early Career Professional Development Program to attract, recruit and retain diverse talent. The program consistently has 48% or more women and 25% or more minority representation, building a diverse pipeline of future talent. Participants build depth and expertise through non-rotational and rotational experiences and direct access to mentorship in the three-year program.

Talent Pipeline Program: High potential employees who are nominated by our executive officers and who exhibit potential for senior roles within seven to 10 years participate in our Talent Pipeline Program. The four-module cohort, moderated by Harvard Business Publishing and Williams leaders, focuses on leading change, strategic thinking, collaboration, self-awareness and application of learning on assigned business impact projects.

Developing Women in Leadership: We are committed to helping women elevate into positions of leadership in our company. Through strategic partnerships with organizations like Catalyst and Women’s Energy Network, we are accelerating leadership development and expanding business and operational knowledge critical to leader success.

Energizing Employees

We provide employees with the opportunity to participate in health and wellness services to benefit their lives and keep them healthier. These services are available to all employees regardless of where they are located.


Employee wellness coordinators support wellness programs, provide education on Williams Way to Wellness resources, meet with employees to review health screening and/or Health Risk Assessment results and help design fitness programs to meet specific needs.


Williams Way to Wellness Program
The Williams Way to Wellness Program offers a refreshing twist on health and well-being with an easy-to-use tracking site, provided by Limeade, and a variety of exciting new challenge options for employees.


The more challenges employees participate in, the more points they earn. The Wellness Program is available to all of our employees. Spouses and domestic partners enrolled in our medical plan may participate. Spouses and domestic partners also may earn up to $300 off medical plan premiums, up to a combined $600 off medical plan premiums.

Policies & Standards

For a full list, please visit our Policies & Standards page.