I have been working at TVA as an internPros
All in all this is a great company. The culture generally one in which you are trying to benefit the people of the Tennessee Valley and do what is best. This set of values does permeate down from the top of the company and is probably my favorite thing about the company. As an intern, the positions here are great because of the flexibility they offer and the compensation is pretty good depending on your major - the breakdown here is based on your major in school (engineering and computer science, science majors, business majors) and you class standing(junior, senior, grad student) with the pay scale adjusting accordingly. The other great benefit of interning here is they do offer personal development as an intern if you want it and ask your manager.Cons
It is a large government organization so it is slow. This is true for the hiring process and most administrative things.
I guess my biggest con as an intern is that it is very difficult to get hired by the company. This may be because they are still cutting jobs to stay within their budget, but it also seems like people much further along in their career that aren't as productive in the company are still there hanging around.
Also, through interning here I have come to see that TVA is more of what I see as a management company that operates most of its external implementation of programs and engineering design work through other companies and does not do a great deal of this itself. While this is probably more cost effective, this makes it difficult to join into the company with the necessary experience.
Lastly, for new hires the starting pay scale is below the industry standards for many disciplines. This is why it is difficult for TVA to attract fresh young talent from the beginning of their careers.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Keep you attitudes and management practices, but consider shaking up the structure and diversity within the departments such that there will not be large inflows and outflows of talent as different age groups retire.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at TVA.Interview Details
Entirely based on who you know ,
No rhyme or reason
Had nothing to do with the job
Interviewers seemed to be picked on who was available at the timeInterview Questions
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Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) may not be an expert on state attractions like Dollywood and the Grand Ole Opry, but it is an authority on power generation. A US government-owned corporation, TVA is the largest public power producer in the country. It sells wholesale electricity to more than 150 municipal and cooperative power distributors, which serve some 9 million people in Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia. It also sells power directly to large industries and federal agencies. In addition, TVA provides flood...