I'm an electrician and would like to help you out. You should contact your friends and nieghbors to learn of the experiences they have had - both good and bad - with electricians.
Ideally, the work they had done was similir to the work you need to have done for a good "apples to apples - oranges to oranges" comparison. Next, you can contact your community's Better Business Bureau. Their recommendation is only for companies that have PAID them to be listed - however - they will tell you how many complaints, etc. they have had with the ones you ask about - so a "recommendation" from them really has little to do with the quality of the work the company performs.Angie's List
is an online data base of all kinds of service providers that many people swear by. It does cost to join however, so if your project is only a repair or small job, it may not be the best way to go.Yelp
is a free version of Angie's List (but it is NOT affiliated with Angie's List - just to be clear). Here, you'll find ratings from antone that cares to write a review on a business - from Pizza Joints to Dentists.
With these sources, you should be able to get a fairly good idea of the reputation of the electricans in your area. I hope this helps & good luck!