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Con Edison of New York Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015
13 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance - depends on your department, but to be envied (in 8 reviews)

  • Important work, opportunities to work in different areas, good benefits (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • has left a lingering of mistrust which has never really been dealt with or acknowledged by upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • Can have very little work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Con Edison of New York

    Pros

    The location and salary are good

    Cons

    Office culture. Over-bearing higher level management.

  2.  

    Growth path hindered if you are not a GOLD Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Con Edison of New York full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall, not a bad company to work for stable employment, the work is challenging enough that you can pursue a graduate degree and still get your work done. Tuition reimbursement, 401k and pension, maternity leave and lactation rooms at the head quarters.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. somewhat circular methods of getting work done, inconsistencies, attempts at being a matrixed organization not fully thought out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to manage. A smart manager knows that he/she is not all knowing, but surrounds themselves with knowledgeable persons and leverage their skills while at the same time develop their employees and enable them to grow and achieve more. Understand the core of mentorship, leadership and followership. Time management. Plan, think ahead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Operator

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

    I have been working at Con Edison of New York full-time

    Pros

    Good pay
    Job Security is good

    Cons

    Key Performance Indicators are driving management people.
    They say safety is number one priority but in reality they want you to do whatever it takes to get job done.
    Benefits are not that great.
    Not a lot of ability to move, all of the opening are per-selected and it is not really Equal Opportunity.
    New cost cutting techniques that they use are just in place for upper management to increase their yearly bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    My experiences at the company were, to put it politely, less than pleasant. I found the work to be massively dull.

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

    I worked at Con Edison of New York full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    To be honest, this is probably a dream job for the average person. Base salary for entry-level positions requiring only a high school degree can pay as much $75,000/year; with a little over-time, it's not uncommon to see a data-entry clerk rack up 6 figures a year, and that's in addition to full medical benefits, paid vacations, a pension, company-sponsored 401(k) plans, and quite a few other perks. The best part: As long as you show up for work, you can be borderline brain dead and still not get fired, regardless of your productivity. With a compensation package like that, who needs college; but, if you want to go go college, they'll pay for that, too. So there's really not much for *most* employees to complain.

    Cons

    The major con regards the hiring process. The company is insanely nepotistic. So if you're looking to get a job there and don't have any inside connections, don't hold your breath. If you are already an employee there and you're trying to move up the corporate ladder, make sure to ingratiate yourself to the right people. At Con Ed, it's not what you know, it's who you know.

    While there are some other very, very serious cons involving ethical issues, that's beyond the scope of this review, and they really don't have any practical being on whether or not one should consider applying for a job here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the same way that colleges use student evaluations of their professors to assess their performance, upper management should ask the employees of the managers they are supervising for their opinions about that manager and incorporate their opinions into their own evaluations of that manager for more thorough, and accurate, assessment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great pay and stability

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanic A in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Mechanic A in New York, NY

    I have been working at Con Edison of New York full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent tuition aid program with 100% reimbursement! Great salary with full medical and dental benefits. Union protection as a member of AFL-CIO. Company provides you with the best safety equipment for free!

    Cons

    Con Ed has become a make a good slary and look for something better place. Vacation time is horrible. It takes 20 years to get 5 weeks vacation. Top pay for a posistion takes 8 years. Medical has become expensive with in-network deductibles and monthly premiums. The morale is in the toilet between management and union after union lockout . The union lost traditional pension in new contract for new employees entering the union. Cash balance system in place now. Management is severly disgruntled and does not support their employees in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper hierarchy should focus on accountability of their lower level management. Con Ed promotes all the wrong people into their lower and mid level ranks. There is no great communicators and positive motivators at all through the management ranks. No one cares enough to make it better for everyone. A lot of older management employees buyinh the next few years before they retire. Might get better in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    low growthmessed up HR

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    • 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 of New York full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    laid back life, less work pressure usually except some days,
    steady job secured

    Cons

    company does not care abt employees..
    group of people you will b working with does not know what the heck they r doing
    Low growth but high job sec

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire smart people not cheap people/ atleast someone who can communicate a lit bit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Processes and Culture are Archaic

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

    I worked at Con Edison of New York full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay is generous, as are the benefits. However, the benefits to being a management employee were trimmed considerably very recently.

    Cons

    The culture of this company is archaic. Innovative thinking is frowned upon, as is change or advancement. Personal life and life/work balance is frowned upon. The company basically owns you. It's not about what you know, but who you know. Management is completely out of touch with the needs of its employees. Management also has an attitude that it can do no wrong, which is detrimental to the growth of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that your employees are important. Listen to them. This is 2013, not 1980. Catch up with technology. This will all help your bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Accountant (1H)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Accountant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Con Edison of New York full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable company, secured job, good work life balance

    Cons

    Not a place to learn and gain new knowledge, makes you less competitive cadidate in the market longer you stay, no promotion unless you have a connection

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up.... this is 2013. You are in operating a company in 70s

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Work is repetitive

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

    I have been working at Con Edison of New York

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

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    No room for growth
    Sub-par salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow everyone who is qualified for a job posting to have a reasonable shot at getting the position. Job postings are usually filled before they're posted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good stop along the way, and a nice place to retire.

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

    I have been working at Con Edison of New York

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement program... stable/steady hours. You know you'll be leaving at 5pm if that's when you need to leave.

    Cons

    work gets repetitive after a while. Sometimes boring. Too much red tape to get anythign productive done..Management afraid to try something new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if management wants real change, then let the younger crowd take on leadership roles. There's a LOT of talent from the newer folks here and most of them are completing their Masters and moving on.

    Want to reduce overhead costs? Give us all laptops and let us work from the field/home when approperiate! What's the point of coming to work just to go out to the field 5 minutes after coming in? We're going to charge all that time to specific projects anyway (and by extension increase the overhead costs). It's 2011, and less than 50% of the company has laptops, and even fewer can work remotely. Pretty sad from a contingency point of view that we can't work remotely when/as needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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