Con Edison Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
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Con Edison Chairman and CEO; Chairman and CEO, Consolidated Edison of New York Kevin Burke
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  1.  

    It pays the bills !

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Con Edison full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This is a steady secure job that's it !

    Cons

    Way too much favoritism and nepotism ! Unless you know somebody or are extremely lucky you will never advance here. No work life balance ! Management stuck in the 1960's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop placing people in positions that have no business being there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Public Affairs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Webmaster  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Webmaster in New York, NY

    I have been working at Con Edison full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you're looking for a job where you can skate by, this is it.

    Cons

    People get promoted and placed in positions based on politics and not merit. It's very cliquey and if you aren't in the clique, you will not get anywhere. No structure. Favoritism is rampant. There was poor leadership and even worse managers that are simply waiting to retire and are no longer invested in their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people who care enough about their jobs to change what isn't currently working. Don't just promote the clique and instead promote based on skills and merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Office union job at ConEd

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Con Edison

    Pros

    1. If you were hired in 2002-2005 in the union you get a real pension after 30 years - not many places offer such thing these days, but you must be there 30 years at least.
    2. Job is stable and secure if you don't do anything stupid and follow all their rules and policies to the letter.
    3. ConEd also offers a 401(k) that they match partially - max match for union is about $1200/annum
    4. Medical benefits are ok, but they are getting worse and more expensive.

    Cons

    Takes forever to get a promotion if you don't know somebody. But, if you are someone's relaive - promotions come at the lightspeed regadless of your lack of qualification, and against all the rules and policies that Con Edison is asking everyone to follow.
    Very old school management practices. Ones at the bottom of the corporate ladder always get the blame for errors made by upper and middle management. Very top-heavy company. There is one supervisor for every 2-3 union employees who do the work - typical for Con Edison. As the saying goes: one guy's working, ten are watching - very true for this company. Most supervisors barely have a HS diploma and possess no or very little technical knowledge and expertise, they are not there to help you or answer your questions, they are there to watch your every move and it seems they have pleasure doing that.
    Very litte acation time - nothing the year you are hired, 5 or 10 days (depending on the month of hire) next year, and 10 days until you get 5 full years, after that you get 15 days/ammun, that also increases a little once you hit 12 years, and so on. Max. vacation now is 26 days - you get that after 30+ years.
    Very unflexible on any additional time off that you may need for personal/emergency issues - once you are out of your vacation days - you get nothing till end of the year no matter what your situation is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes several years and several tests for a union employee to get to the next title, and most of the new hires do have engineering degrees that are related to their work. However, the situation with management and supervisory employees seems to be quite different. One can become a supervisor because his father or uncle or father-in-law is a ConEd manager, and have no applicable education. This is wrong and you guys know that!!! Yet, you pretend that everything is fine!!!
    My suggestion:
    1.Get rid of engineering supervisors who do not have engineering degrees.
    2.Create real testing produres for management employees - if they cannot pass the test - they should not be promoted or kept in the company.
    3.This is, as Mr. Burke said, a "pipes and wires company", thus all manegement, expept departments like accounting, hr, facilities, must, as a condition of employment posses high level of engineering expertise, e.g. mandatory PE licenses for managers, mandatory bachelor in engineering for engineering supervisors, etc.
    4.Make the Ombudsman office work in the proper way. Today it is simply a part of the "old boys club" that governs the company. Everything that you tell the office about improper things that your manager done is not investigated properly - it is simply let known to the manager, as well as who complained, etc, the the person who made the complaint faces intimidation, harassement, and retaliation - although the Corporate policies strictly prohibit such beahvior.
    5.Take control of the hiring and promotional procedures - people should not be hired/promoted because they know somebody and don't know anything realted to the job.
    6. Reduce supervisors - they are simply overpaid attendance takers who don't know anyting about the job and do not teach people that report to them anything.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable company but not very progressive.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Con Edison

    Pros

    It's a stable company, even through the current financial crisis the company manages to turn a profit. In no other company will you have such job safety and there are decent benefits. Good place to land a career if you don't have a degree and don't plan on getting one.

    Cons

    The culture is very backwards, most likely because of the union vs management mindset. It is very resistance to change and mired with a heavy bureaucracy.

    There is a saying in company,

    There is a right way,
    there is a wrong way
    and then there is the Coned way.

    And good luck trying to change that.

    Management lacks soft skills in dealing with union workers. Try taking a few days off for a family medical emergency and you will be stonewalled by supervisors on policy and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't lay all responsibility at your feet, the union is also to blame not changing with the times. But ask yourself this, if Conedison was in a more competitive market would it be able to survive?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A very stable dinosaur

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Con Edison full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stability is number one here. It's a steady job that, at least in my department, allows for a personal life. I have plenty of time off. They compensate well and there are some great benefits (matching 401(k), company stock purchase program, pension (it's not the same but it's still a pension). I work with some great people. There's nothing cut-throat about it.

    Cons

    Beaucracy. There are endless policies and procedures.

    Depending on who you work for, there is sometimes a lack of trust in employees. The idea that I'm not working unless I'm stuck in my chair for 9-10 hours a day is archaic.

    Change is almost impossible because the culture is very old-fashioned with an almost military attitude in it's operations.

    The motto should be changed from "ON IT" to "IT IS WHAT IT IS". People sometimes seem to go along to get along. Management tends to do whatever upper management wants because they are afraid to stand up to them...perhaps because some of them are exhibit sociopathic behaviors.

    Promotions are heavy with cronyism/nepotism. Compensation is not always balanced (underperformers getting the same or better compensation). The Company doesn't utilize it's talent. The candidates are pre-selected in many instances but the HR policies let management get away with it. For every career development position, they step on someone else's career. Promoting people who are not qualified are resented by the people who are qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The HR department needs a rehaul. Promote talented people into positions that are a good fit for them. Level the playing field...it's common knowledge that the interview process is a joke. Stop sweeping problems under the giant corporate rug. Question what assurances the Ombudsman, the Law Department (Business Ethics and Compliance), and Auditing are really providing. Bring Deirdre Daly back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job depending on department your in!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Con Edison

    Pros

    Once your in the company you can learn a lot if you know what you want to focus on

    Cons

    Like everyone else said it's not what you know it's who you know if you want to advance in this company. Too many politics within departments if your "not the right fit or the right person for the department" you have a hard way to go to get where you want to go professionally. They say equal opportunity that's b.s the testing for advancement have nothing to do with the job your going for in union jobs. Be careful you are only aloud 3 job postings for a calendar year if you fail a test you cannot retake the test for 6months also if you apply for a different job with the same test you automatically do not qualify for the job and you wasted that posting so be very mindful and sure of what you are posting for plus there is no test prep it's a general aptitude test unless you know people within the company that can "help you pass" so if you've been out of school for some time brush up smh.....applying for management is much different there's no limit on the jobs you can apply for so that's good for those that want to be in management but the hiring process is very hard if you don't know anybody to grease you through in all if your patient and know what you want to do with in this company go for it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more empathetic with your workers you too was once union unless you came in of the streets and have no experience in the company change the culture and be more open to new ideas stop with that if it ain't broke no need to fix it mentality

  8.  

    a stable job with decent salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Con Edison

    Pros

    its a stable job with variety of opportunities to move around within the company. there is a lot of pride within the company. the benefits are great, other than the salary the medical insurance is very good. they also have a discount stock program which i think is a great way to save money and at the same time be concerned about what is going on within the company. this brings up the pride that i have by working here. the people working here are also very friendly and helpful. sometime i wonder what drives people to be so nice to eachother

    Cons

    there are not many challenging work that are faced by the employees. this is one of the things that i had to get used to, but once i did it was no longer an issue. there's a certain pace at which everything is conducted and if you are on the same level then you will be comfortable working here. even though the work itself isnt very keenly scrutinized other things such as accurate time keeping and such matter are very important. so basically getting to work on time is more important than what i do for the 8 hrs that i spend here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retention should be enforced. people move around a lot between positions

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It is good, meaningful work with unique challenges, but could be more inclusive of experienced hires.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Con Edison full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Contrasted with other career choices, this is great for indivdiuals that need to stay close to home. The entire business is contained within driving distance. For those aspiring to drive change and improvement in a business, there is plenty of opportunity if you're able to persist and overcome resistance. Individuals love to talk about their jobs and share technical information. Although the benefit program has changed leaving some of the long-term employees upset, it is a terrific benefits package; people who have worked elsewhere truly appreciate it.

    Cons

    Most employees including management are lifers and those are the ones receiving opportunities and rewards. It is a struggle to find any manager, director or VP promoted to the next level who has been with the company less than 10 years. External hires should be sure to get hired into the position they want because they will be there for a long time. Similarly, ideas from external hires are often disregarded, not rudely or overtly, merely ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When promoting or staffing for new opportunities, consider whether selections may be biased by longevity. When benchmarking, include non-utilities, especially for non-utility functions. As more competitive threats are evovling in the marketplace, being the best utility may not be good enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Con Edison full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, very challenging and surrounded by great professionals.

    Cons

    I can't think of some at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working as a contractor, maintaining database, testing and debugging reliability evaluation/optimization software.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contractor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Contractor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Con Edison as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Establish good relationships with many professional and senior engineers. The work environment is nice and comfortable.

    Cons

    The innovation is not so much required. Young people seeking exiting work experience maybe feel somehow unsatisfied.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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