American Water

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American Water Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
92 Reviews
2.9
92 Reviews
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American Water CEO Susan Story
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have pretty good benefits and if you are into brown nosing and cloaking the truth, you will go far (in 12 reviews)

  • great benefits, good education program for employees (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance out of sync, vacation time ridiculous, unless you spent 20 years with the company (in 6 reviews)

  • Career advancement opportunities (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience. Plenty of opportunity along with long hours.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Voorhees, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Voorhees, NJ

    I have been working at American Water full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are great. Having the right director is critical. Plenty of opportunity to work stretch assignments, broaden your horizons and acquire new skills.

    Cons

    Efficiency overload. When peers or direct reports leave, you must revalidate why the position is needed. The process eats time and minimizes your ability to get things accomplished (esp. In mid manager roles.). Stretch assignments - even large ones - are on top of your normal 110% load, so building for your future comes at a tremendous expense of your personal life and family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Water full-time

    Pros

    new and challenging opportunities to participate and contribute in emerging areas of water and wastewater treatment and management; opportunities to learn about different facets of drinking water and wastewater treatment; good benefits

    Cons

    Compensation ; rotating HR ; long work hours and field-related work; lack of vertical progress; unsure of company's direction and policy on wastewater or reuse sector

  3.  

    Don't Plan on Having a Life if you want to work here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Customer Service
    Current Employee - Customer Service

    I have been working at American Water full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is allright, customers aren't too exhausting. Excellent break area with all the amenities. Decent stepping stone. You can also bring a book and just be yourself between calls.

    Cons

    Training is so boring you find yourself counting the hours, supervisors love to micromanage and nitpick over how many times you run to the bathroom or your choice of words on a call. Supervisors are also unsupportive, customers who ask for them have to be told they will be called back later, but you can't say it that way. Also no visible advanceable future there unless you've always dreamed of being a call center supervisor.

    Also, if you're new, no matter what you have going on in your life, be it a wedding you're in, or a death in the family, they make you cancel it lest they just fire you and dust off their hands. They will monopolize your life with mandatory overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up more opportunities in the Pensacola branch and make supervisors have to back up call handlers on demand. Also, don't monopolize people's lives!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked in the Finance department as an intern for Accounting & Reporting

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    Former Employee - Accounting & Reporting Intern in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Accounting & Reporting Intern in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I worked at American Water as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good coworkers, good culture, good work/life balance

    Cons

    lower entry level pay with rigid promotion policies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ever Changing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Water full-time

    Pros

    Great 401K and pretty good benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes unproffesional and unfair practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with more respect

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Chaotic collection of operations. Undergoing organizational change unleashing wave after wave of disruption.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Water

    Pros

    Big company recognized as a leader in the utility vertical. National presence with operations in different states. Leadership seeking to drive on efficiencies

    Cons

    Highly dysfunctional organization with a toxic culture. Currently focusing on implementing a business transformation program without truly understanding the nature of their current operations. Clear disconnect between executive management, middle management, and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and seriously review the current course of the business transformation program and how to achieve the vision. Assess the situation honestly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company for the Bluegrass

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Water full-time

    Pros

    Cares deeply about its customers and employees.

    Cons

    Corporate structure does not always fit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Customer Service

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Alton, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Alton, IL

    I worked at American Water full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are very nice and friendly.

    Cons

    Terrible management and micro managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better managers, quit micro managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Change in leadership in IT dragging people down.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Voorhees, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Voorhees, NJ

    I have been working at American Water full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome - health care costs reasonable w/good coverage, great 401K match and no vesting period, stock purchase plan, sick leave, and other nice benefits.

    Cons

    The IT department had really turned around until the recent leadership change. Now it's not a fun place to work and there is no access to the CIO. We used to be listened to and now we're not. All the good talent is looking for options outside AW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There were reasons we became on of the best places to work. Perhaps the organization should reflect on those things and work to go back to that culture and value and respect for people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    ITS Employee

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ITS Employee in Voorhees, NJ
    Current Employee - ITS Employee in Voorhees, NJ

    I have been working at American Water full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, pay, nice work from home days

    Cons

    Lack of communication, people are promoted to management or leadership position who have NO people skills. No clear direction on projects or requests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better. Make sure managers are qualified to "manage" or "lead" others.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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