PPL
3.8 of 5 44 reviews
www.pplweb.com Allentown, PA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 23, 2014

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PPL Chairman, President and CEO William H. Spence

William H. Spence

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86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Awesome place to work!

    GIS Analyst (Current Employee)
    Allentown, PA

    ProsSuper work life balance (a week's paid vacation + ability to take infrequent unpaid vacation) and casual atmosphere in distribution operations. Ample feedback on work from both supervisors and mid management with ample room for growth. The new office is also nice, large kitchen with dining area (a fine place to meet your coworkers) new computers are also a huge plus (you'll be using them a lot and the old ones ran XP in 2013). PPL offers great pay for most positions and flexible scheduling helps ease commutes. Most jobs are easy and management quite accommodating.

    ConsA consistent "ready, fire, aim" approach led to frequent delays and waste. Regulated utilities are a high stress work place and not for everyone. People may die as a direct or indirect result of your work, just the nature of electrical work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire competent project managers and encourage follow through on projects before moving on to the next one. Overall, keep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good

    Support Attendant (Current Employee)
    Danville, VA

    ProsGreat company to work for,if you could advance

    ConsIt's a great company to work for,especially if you have a school age child,because the hours are flexible and you can plan around your life.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company with a lot of long-term potential

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Allentown, PA

    ProsGreat benefits, great opportunities to try different jobs across different parts of the org., a lot of upward opportunity over the long-term, a great place to develop a command of the energy sector if interested.

    ConsSomewhat "command & control" culture (it will be some time before a culture of employee empowerment is estabished), lack of innovation (but remember, it isn't google), culture still feels very "baby boomerish" (and I am one), some departments are very "get it done," even at the expense of the long-term (but not a universal problem).

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs workforce ages out, culture will need to adjust with demands of a younger work force, keep this in mind. Also, leverage the creativity of younger staff to drive technology and process advancement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work overall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Allentown, PA

    ProsGood pay and benefits; flexible hours (depending on department)

    ConsManagement has deteriorated in recent years; culture has become more "red tape" and less caring towards employees especially in some service areas

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Would be a nice company

    Mechanical Foreman (Current Employee)
    Frackville, PA

    Prosvery good pay, and benefits .....

    Consterrible work environment , good old boy system big time ..... a cut throat company

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep your resume warm

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place, really friendly

    Co-Op (Current Employee)
    Allentown, PA

    ProsLife work balance, and a lot of support for workers trying to learn new skills. The workers really love what they do.

    ConsWork may become a little boring and tedious after awhile. Need to motivate yourself a large part of the time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stable but no forward vision

    Data Analyst (Current Employee)
    Allentown, PA

    ProsCoworkers are great, do very well at taking care of people and working through various issues to get the work requirement done. while I cannot speak to the union workers, on the nonunion side the management tends to stay flexible with work schedule.

    ConsThe division I work in tends to react to issues rather than thinking about how to mitigate them in the first. IT and Operations have a lot of Red Tape between them, and the sense of urgency is often not there. Workers usually start as temps with no benefits for a year or more. After which the next move is to Specific Professional which is basically an internal temp, with bare basic benefits, medical, but no dental, very little vacation time, and no more over time but you're now expected to work a minimum of 45 hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease pay of your workers, we seem to keep losing people over it and the training of a new person takes months till their productivity really replaces someone. Lets focus on more work from home benefits and if IT cannot get something done in 7 months, lets start looking to replace them rather than making excuses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best company to work for in the region

    Business Planning Intern (Current Employee)
    Allentown, PA

    Pros(I was in PPL EnergyPlus, their supplier subsidiary)

    Fair pay, lively work environment, my supervisors were kind and helpful, very comprehensive kitchen with all sorts of things

    ConsThere seemed to not be a lot of opportunity to grow out of your role where I was working, the large corporation way of life can wear on you because it can be bland and monotonous

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company Adverse To Disabled Employees

    Special Projects Leader (Current Employee)
    Allentown, PA

    ProsExcellent wages and benefits for both management and union employees. Management environment encourages intellectual creativity and advancement. Career advancement opportunities available for individuals who demonstrate a willingness and ability to assume more responsibility.

    ConsDisabled adverse environment! Micromanagement style is prevalent within many departments. Culture which promotes job security through fear tactics. Employee annual review process in negatively based. Promotes work life over family life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen an employee becomes disabled (i.e. paraplegic) they should be given the opportunity to show they can still perform their job and not be automatically placed on long term disability for the rest of their potential career. This is especially applicable to nonphysically demanding management positions. Allow employees who become disabled the opportunity to return to employment. Dont throw them away!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good quality company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits and compensation, staying power, expertise in the field

    Constypical issues which plague all large companies; slow to adopt culture changes and politics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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