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Summer 2015 - Engineer Internship

Southwest Power Pool Little Rock, AR

The Engineering internship will consist of 6 8 weeks of fulltime engineering work in various departments including Planning, Operations, Regulatory… Glassdoor


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Engineer

Southwest Power Pool Little Rock, AR

Engineering Concepts and Tools: • Develop strong expertise with the SPP power system analysis tools and processes • Exhibit high level of… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Programmer Analyst II

Southwest Power Pool Little Rock, AR

Programmer/Analysts are responsible for the development, support and maintenance of computer applications and enterprise databases used by the… Glassdoor


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Attorney

Southwest Power Pool Little Rock, AR

This Attorney position is responsible for providing wide array of legal support for regulatory matters, including working with stakeholders on… Glassdoor


21 days ago

Manager of Operations Engineering Analysis & Support - Internal Applicants Only

Southwest Power Pool Little Rock, AR

Education Requirements: • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited university or other technical degree from an ABET… Glassdoor


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Market Monitor

Southwest Power Pool Little Rock, AR

with other Monitors within the section. The multi-disciplinary structure of the group requires effective teamwork to achieve desired… Glassdoor


18 days ago

Sr. Engineer

Southwest Power Pool Little Rock, AR

The Sr. Market Support & Analyses Engineer acts as a subject matter expert for all systems, applications, processes, data exchanges, data interfaces… Glassdoor


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Sr. Database Administrator

Southwest Power Pool Little Rock, AR

A Sr. Database Administrator (DBA) is responsible for assisting in the design and installation of databases and database management systems (DBMS… Glassdoor


21 days ago

Shift Engineer - Real Time & Current Day

Southwest Power Pool Little Rock, AR

prevents power outages and maintains reliable and economical electric service in… Glassdoor


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    Don't work here unless you are a manager!

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    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Southwest Power Pool full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you keep your head down and never say anything you will never get fired. Even if you don't do much work you. Promotions depend solely on your boss so if you find a good boss then it is easy street to collecting paychecks.

    Cons

    The first thing I would like to say about SPP is that it is a culture of insanely risk-adverse people. If you are the type of person that is into process improvement or making things better then you should never work here. Time and time again my ideas of making things better by reducing manual labor/human error were shot down. The reasons for this were because managers don't want to deal with the "extra work" of changing things, don't want to deal with the possibility of something going wrong even if there is eventual benefit, and they don't want to listen to your ideas.

    SPP is the kind of company where engineers that have a business need for extra RAM, monitors, or a $20 ergonomic mouse are given the run around while SPP spends tons of money on fancy buildings and useless toys with the company name on them. They really don't care how much your hand hurts. You had better just bring your own mouse and keyboard.

    SPP is the kind of company where employees have to complain for years before the company will adjust the thermostat despite people walking around in jackets during summer or reduce lighting levels while employees unplug their light tubes and tape cardboard to the windows to save their eyes.

    SPP is the kind of company where someone can sit around for years collecting a paycheck and be the same level as you. Where someone who has never written an application, changed a process, or lead a project can become a senior engineer and you are stuck at level two even though you have been there years longer. Yes, this really happens. It doesn't matter how hard you work. If you have a lame duck boss then you will never get anywhere.

    SPP is the kind of company that hires an outside manager who opens the flood gates to middle and upper level positions for all of their buddies at other companies and then all of the current employees have to stay in their current positions forever.

    SPP is the kind of company where the manager of the group has no idea what he is talking about and his interruptions of the meeting to talk about his kids or ipad are dragging the project off-track and causing misinformation between groups about what is possible.

    SPP is the kind of company that will reprimand you because a customer didn't like the font color in an email you sent to check up on their progress. Even though that customer was obvious being over the top and got fired less than a year later from his company. Your boss would rather hold back your promotion and raise over a font color then have to stand up to his opinion. The stakeholders are always right. Even if they game the market.

    In the end, all of your exhaustive efforts are not appreciated or noticed. They are overshadowed by your human-mandated flaws. Don't worry, Dilbert. You are only human. And after all there are better engineering jobs on the outside! Yes it is true. :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and stop the blame game. Take accountability. Ask for employee input instead of saying you will and then never follow through (example on custom cubes for new building). Give promotions and raises to people doing a large amount of the work. Get a gym/work out facility. Be more humble with spending on technology and building projects. Review all of your managers and cull the fat. Create opportunities for creative employees.

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