Con Edison Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
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  1. The best in the industry, but you better get use to the culture.

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

    I have been working at Con Edison

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is fair for the industry, but living costs are high in New York. If you like underground electric distribution, there's no where else in the world where you'll learn more. You get to help run the city and it's very satisfying after a hard days work.

    Cons

    Very structured and bureaucratically run. Sometimes, nepotism is rampant. The time requirments at the job can be very straining on your personal life, if you work in an operations department especially during certain periods of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Change is good when it comes to modernization and safety. But too much change all at once just turns people away from it in large groups and can be counter productive


  2. Useful utility, but conservative

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

    I have been working at Con Edison

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - New York - best city in the world! - At least what you do results in a product people need (electricity)! - Strong culture

    Cons

    - Hard to break in to the "insiders" club - Poor internal IT services - Facilities at HQ are more than a little antiquated - Military style decision making - chain of command is sacrosanct - Emphasis on operations results in strange payment traditions - first line supervisors make more than some senior managers in staff positions

    Advice to Management

    - No Vice President of Sales or Marketing? Really? - Pick a strategy, any strategy - but the current non-strategy (do nothing) isn't too inspiring


  3. slow and steady

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

    I have been working at Con Edison

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits (health, eye, dental, disability, 401k, discount stock, vaaction and sick pay) and job security (no lay-offs and great programs to help substance abusers get back on their feet) are good. Constant listings of job opprtunities throughout the company allow for some movement (there are restrictions on length of time in a postion before you can move again)

    Cons

    Very beaurocratic (everything requires multiple levels of approvals, there are procedures upon procedures that are not used in the best sense- for training and standardized service - but instead are used in the most negative sense - for disciplinary action); It is slow to adopt new processes (again, many reviewers and multiple rounds of comments as well as well as culture with entrenched behavior from people doing the same job for many years); No entreprenurial spirit, lots of people marking time to retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Do you promote productivity changes? Do you reward cost cutting and effieciency?


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Transition

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

    I have been working at Con Edison

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Con Edison offers a good benefits package, a competitive salary and offers a union for weekly paid employees. Management positions are available for various employees and as a transition will soon be taking place where the top talent will be needed for the company as many employees retire now is the time to apply if you are qualified.

    Cons

    Some of the management employees that have been there for years are not as competent as they should be but have obtained their positions because of loyalty to the company. The company needs more work/life balance for new employees because they are at a period where they are competing for the top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Con Edison is about to change as many employees are about to retirement. Recruitment and selection will soon be a major issue for union positions as well as management positions. The top talent needs to be recruited and management employees need more training on issues pertaining to how to manage/supervise employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good, stable job, but bureaucracy runs rampant.

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

    I have been working at Con Edison

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, decent benefits. There is room for growth, so long as you put in the required amount of effort.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic nightmare. Sometimes your efforts to effect positive change in the organization are undermined by sheer volume of rules, regulations and processes that have been put into place.

    Advice to Management

    This Company would be much better served if upper management allowed employees latitude to make decisions, act upon them, and then evaluate the results.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good place to learn about the utility industry

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

    I worked at Con Edison

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Con Edison was a place where an intern has many opportunities to learn about the different aspects of an utility company. The managers are often relaxed and are eager to teach you and give you opportunities to experience things about ConEd that are perhaps not in your immediate job description.

    Cons

    It is a very large company so the management structure is very corporate. It is easy to feel disconnected with the overall goals of the company simply because there are so many people between any employee and the senior management.


  8. Probably the best place to work in New York

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

    I worked at Con Edison full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable industry, decent compensation and benefits, nice people to work with...

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and inefficient system in general...

    Advice to Management

    The company needs more young and talented engineers


  9. Helpful (1)

    Very Long-lived NYC Firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Con Edison

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's an extremely stable company

    Cons

    You have to deal with the Hierarchy


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

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

    I have been working at Con Edison as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. Great!

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

    I have been working at Con Edison full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, very challenging and surrounded by great professionals.

    Cons

    I can't think of some at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay



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