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Florida Power & Light Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
78 Reviews
3.5
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Florida Power & Light President and CEO Armando J. Olivera
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Pros
  • Good benefits, secure job Close to South Florida (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits, work/life balance, and fitness center (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work-life balance, not many training opportunities, too much work for no compensation (in 13 reviews)

  • my business unit scored extremely low (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Only here for the pay check. Exploring options elsewhere.

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

    I have been working at Florida Power & Light full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. On site gym.

    Cons

    Where to begin....Management never seems to have enough money in the budget for anything more than a 2% pay raise, if you're lucky 2.5%. Yet we win rate cases and constant company wide emails about how much money FPL has. The company is EXTREMELY big on "who you know and if we like you." This is how you advance at FPL. You do not have to necessarily know much about the job. Employees at FPL seem to have no work/life balance. We are currently going through something called "Employee Engagement" this is where the company gets surveyed on various aspects of your experience at FPL (mgmt,work/life balance,etc.) my business unit scored extremely low. They stress how much they want to improve on things but I get the sense it is only to improve scores every two yrs. All in all if you know the right people and/or are apart of management you will probably find this a great place to work.

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

    Not what it used to be...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Florida Power & Light full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees (not management) are great people. Also, the 401k and pension benefits are great. But that's pretty much where it ends.

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing as management only cares about the bottom dollar. You see more contractors in the building than employees. The ratio of contractors to employees is 80/20. You are expected to work 50 hours a week at least, but usually we need to work more than 60 to get the job done due to the lack of resources. Employees are underpaid for the jobs they are doing and you have to leave the company and come back in order to make more money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about the people that are making you rich and less about the stock price. I would highly recommend the CEO go on Undercover Boss so he could see what it's like. But I'm sure in his case ignorance is bliss.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Was a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Lead in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Production Lead in Miami, FL

    I worked at Florida Power & Light full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Back in early 80's was a great place to work.

    Cons

    Cuban connection, too many of senior management friends collaborate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, especially your exempt employees who are dedicated and committed but unappreciated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company is headed in the wrong direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Manager in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Area Manager in West Palm Beach, FL

    I have been working at Florida Power & Light full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very professional, hard-working employees. A large company with advancement potential.

    Cons

    Exempt employees are expected to consistently work lots of extra (uncompensated) hours. The routine work load is unmanageable. The expectation is that employees will consistently stay late to keep up with routine tasks. My manager routinely states, "people in this company regularly put in twelve hour work days." Despite the extra effort, raises do not keep pace with inflation (2% per year) and bonus money has been reduced. Employee turnover is increasing rapidly. It's too bad because this used to be a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to push employees this hard, increase compensation. Take a more long-term view. Unless, of course, the goal is to sell the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    FPL going downhill fast!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Juno Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Juno Beach, FL

    I have been working at Florida Power & Light full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They have pension, 401k matching, annual bonuses and great medical and dental benefits.

    Cons

    The CEO Jim Robo is running the company into the ground on the employee side. He is stripping as many benefits as he can in order to save the company money as well as laying off a large part of the workforce while expecting employees to work harder and longer. Meanwhile his salary and bonus and other benefits are in the millions. A once great company where many employees were lifers is now turning into a place where good employees want to flee as soon as other positions at other companies in the area become available. As the economy gets better and more external job opportunities arise there will be a brain drain and an mass exodus of experienced employees. That will harm the company's ability to operate efficiently and end up costing the company more money in the long run. Jim Robo's short sightedness and greed has made this a miserable place to work.

    Also, the CIO, Lakshman, is a useless puppet that does nothing helpful to the IM department. The employees and management see right through him. "Meets is the new exceeds" is his motto for annual reviews which ultimately makes the employees put forth no effort at all to get a increased bonus as it is far too difficult to achieve. He should be replaced ASAP!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Saving money by eliminating under used facilities, replacing all printers with Ricoh printers are great ways to save money without effecting employee moral, but eliminating home internet reimbursement and offering low percentage raises and the like is detrimental to company moral and will cost the company more money in the long run. Treat your employees better, like the way FPL has historically treated its employees - like valuable members of the company and not a necessary evil to make the executives wealthier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    not for me

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Nuclear Analyst in Juno Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Nuclear Analyst in Juno Beach, FL

    I worked at Florida Power & Light full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    salary; gym; cafeteria; location; field

    Cons

    corporate culture; hours; rigidity in thought

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    innovate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunities available, but the mindset and culture is fundamentally flawed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Juno Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Juno Beach, FL

    I have been working at Florida Power & Light full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Decent salaries, but depends where you live. In a populated area, the salary won't go far.
    -Great opportunities are everywhere to learn many different facets of the industry
    -Great people work here, many intelligent, humble, team players are found throughout.
    -Decent benefits, 401K, pension, vacation days, etc.

    Cons

    -Culture rewards workaholics. If you want to move up prepare to give up your personal life.
    -Upper management's expectations are flawed and misguided.
    -Fear is the typical motivator found throughout. History has proven that those that question decisions or offer comments not in sync with the message from above are quickly removed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Welcome an environment of disagreement, even if someone is wrong with their ideas or opinions, having an honest conversation with your direct reports may open new avenues of thought.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experiences but will not be your "Forever" company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Juno Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Juno Beach, FL

    I worked at Florida Power & Light full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very stable company with good benefits

    Cons

    Corp Culture: Horrible work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not what they advertise.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Juno Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Juno Beach, FL

    I have been working at Florida Power & Light

    Pros

    Excellent benefits.
    Some excellent lower level mangers if you get one.
    Good location but expensive

    Cons

    Very political atmosphere.
    Communication is horrible.
    Goofing off is ignored so many do minimum and get paid.
    Pay scale is low for a high priced area to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. As the economy improves, many will have no reason to hang around unless they are given incentive. Get rid of the slackers. Include this on those employee surveys and you will discover how many folks you pay for doing nothing.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Incompetence is rewarded and is galore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Florida Power & Light

    Pros

    In this economy, its safe to work here, you would hardly get laid off,
    good benefits
    you could slack and not be observed
    not much work pressure

    Cons

    Very incompetent people that work here so if you know a little bit you could be a star
    one person runs the show
    no responsibilities to the employees, few people at the upper management make decisions and the rest of the employed have to follow the orders.
    Will not recommend this place unless you absolutely o not have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box. Hire some fresh blood. 80% of the upper level management has been working in the company for 25+ years so no new ideas are encouraged. Management has some pretty draconian rules. Management screws big time making foolish decisions and still no accountability.

    Disapproves of CEO

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