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Updated Jul 22, 2014

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3.8 46 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

PPL Chairman, President and CEO William H. Spence

William H. Spence

(17 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Pretty good place to work, stuck in some older mindsets

    Applications Developer (Current Employee) Allentown, PA

    ProsCompetitive salary, values around ethics and safety are key. Will value their people if able to contribute and work as team players. Decent benefits. Great opportunities for work-life balance if you're a FTE, less so if you're temporary. Interesting work, things change all the time if you're in IT, at least.

    ConsStuck in older mindsets regarding the ability for IT to be part of the business. Treats process over results instead of re-evaluating processes that are greater than ten years old (which in IT is a lifetime). Worried about regulatory issues even when the company and its people do due-diligence, and it cripples innovation and ability to get things done cheaply/efficiently.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe open up tactical/strategic discussions to the people actually doing the work, and allow the business to understand the reasons behind the decisions we make. Individual contributors are caught in the crossfire between business directives/needs and the crippling, skewed process-oriented culture on the IT side. Let's try to remember we're all on the same team, eh?

    Yes, I would 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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    Excellent wages benefits and safety culture.

    Foreman T&D (Former Employee) Lancaster, PA

    ProsThe best on the job and classroom training for new hire employees, The union people are work oriented.

    ConsThe thinking of upper management that people should respond to company calls regardless of what ever is going in life.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Great

    Manager (Former Employee) Allentown, PA

    ProsGreat experience and great opportunities

    ConsLack of benefits for senior management

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

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    Great place to work.

    Manager (Former Employee) Allentown, PA

    ProsGreat work environment. Challenging work. Great benefits, Great pay.

    ConsExpectations constantly change. You never know when your position will get cut. Valuable employees are let go due to random job cuts without the opportunity to apply for open positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should try harder to place good employees to open position rather than letting them go prematurely.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    PPL has a great internship program

    Co-Op (Former Employee) Allentown, PA

    ProsThe company really goes out of its way to hire a large number of interns and provide them with meaningful work experiences. The company encourages the interns to explore different areas of the firm and conduct informational interviews with current employees. The pay is excellent for a summer intern position, and many departments are looking to hire an intern that will eventually take a full-time position.

    ConsThe intern positions widely vary throughout the company. While some interns are able to work on projects that provide them with meaningful work experiences, others spend a great deal of time sitting around because they do not have any assignments. Because the company encourages the various departments to hire summer interns, I think that some departments end up hiring an intern but do not have any work to give to them. Also, there are constantly "networking events" that the company puts on for the interns, but these events are boring and not particularly useful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe networking events are not helpful.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    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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