Associated Electric

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Associated Electric Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
11 Reviews
3.8
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Currently employee and pleased with this very solid organization.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Associated Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. You can actually earn a living wage here, unlike many other area employers. Reasonable job security. Great coworkers who are friendly and always willing to be helpful.

    Cons

    Top heavy management and middle management. Bean counters are out of touch with actual operational needs, and sometimes make obviously out of touch decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen closely to the employees who are actually doing the day to day operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Associated Electric as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great workplace atmosphere and knowledgeable employees

    Cons

    Politicking between departments and member-owners

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intern Programmer Analyst

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    Former Employee - Programming Intern  in  Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Programming Intern in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Associated Electric as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, quiet and friendly.

    Cons

    Not many prospects of full time employment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Interesting place to work, but be careful of the politics.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Associated Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for overtime (if you are hourly) and an interesting environment to work in given its importance in the region. Most of the employees were great to work with.

    Cons

    It was nothing but a good ole' boys club and politics. If you were friends with the right people, you'd get promoted, even with zero experience. It was obvious who the favorite teams were. It was an ongoing joke that everything "gets real political". They'd half-ass everything and then blame you when it failed, even if you maintained documentation of their decisions to cut corners. Everything was an emergency that needed to be finished immediately, but they'd never give you the opportunity to fix the problem. It was all band-aid solutions, including when it came to the power management system. A full audit of their policies, procedures, and security would likely result in failure. Those who knew how to fix problems correctly the first time ended up being the go-to person, but then they'd get reprimanded for taking too much time for not simply putting a band-aid on. Some supervisors retaliate against former employees, even when the employee leaves on good terms had has positive recommendations from many others within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on experience and not on who your friends are. Don't ignore lower level employees when they have ideas. Supervisors need to have some technical involvement instead of being 100% management and not retaliate against their former employees.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Programming Intern

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    Former Employee - Programming Intern  in  Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Programming Intern in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Associated Electric part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Associated Electric Cooperative has a family type atmosphere, everyone is friendly and willing to work with you to improve your learning levels. The wages are good although the hours are limited for internships due to issues with unions.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement, its a great place to work so the openings are far and few between.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Associated Electric full-time

    Pros

    nice benefits and interesting work

    Cons

    it is a very demanding environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Becoming the Walmart of utilities

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    Current Employee - IBEW  in  New Madrid, MO
    Current Employee - IBEW in New Madrid, MO

    I have been working at Associated Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay if you are in the union. No layoffs in over 25 years. 401K and a company retirement for existing employees.

    Cons

    It reminds me of working for the government. There is a resistance to ideas unless they come from upper management. When it comes to using vacation or sick leave you are treated like little kids. There is a lot of good old boy politics in management. Certain employees have been given too much power with no leadership skills to back it up. Plan on spending the spring and fall weekends working 12 hour shifts 7 days a week for plant outages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting incompetent people into management positions. Too much micromanagement from HQ. Most of the competent people at HQ have left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Associated Electric

    Pros

    The benefits and facilities are great. Lots of free lunches and friendly people to work with. Great info sharing among employees

    Cons

    The pressure of working in a dying industry; have to find ways to cut costs while improving quality and profits. There are some issues with old, slow equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be very beneficial to have some women in leadership. It seems to be an "old-boys" club that does not value the opinions of women.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Employer

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    Current Employee - Associated Electric Cooperative Inc  in  Clifton Hill, MO
    Current Employee - Associated Electric Cooperative Inc in Clifton Hill, MO

    I have been working at Associated Electric

    Pros

    Good compensation, interesting work, many learning opportunities, opportunity for advancement, secure job sector

    Cons

    No dental or vision. Not everyone with the same job title has to put in the same effort

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting the squeaky wheels get the oil, praise hard workers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job, probably not a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MO

    I have been working at Associated Electric

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding, I can not say that enough. Management is willing to work with you about almost anything. The company respects family and promotes a healthy work life balance.

    Cons

    Workload. I am very pressured to accomplish nearly unattainable goals by senior staff. I am overloaded but I don't work a lot of overtime. Work load is intense, but the work schedule is acceptable.
    Promotions, or rather lack there of. Promotions in this company are few and far between. Promotions are very socialized due to the talent in this organization and senior management's / board of director's unwillingness to allow deserved promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall this is a great place to work.
    You must recognize, reward, and most importantly, promote the talent that exists in this organization. The company is blessed with incredible talent, but, it is also very bottom heavy. I can not consider my job a career until the company is willing to promote me and my colleagues as we deserve.

    Approves of CEO

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