CPS Energy Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
21 Reviews

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  1.  

    Analyst

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

    I have been working at CPS Energy

    Pros

    Good to work for the municipality of San antonio

    Cons

    Cafeteria closes after noon and food available

  2.  

    IT professionals need not apply...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at CPS Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    At least you are not unemployed.

    Cons

    One of the prerequisites to be a manager in IT is a complete lack of technical ability.

    Pay scale is determined by who you are buddies with and how long you have been there...not what you know or what you are capable of.

    The Service Desk is scared of any real troubleshooting and could be replaced by a checklist monkey.

    No one can agree on IT strategy.

    No one can agree on infrastructure.

    No one can agree on policy.

    There is no data retention limitations!

    Users are encouraged to store .pst files on the network!

    A mentality of "The sky is falling" runs rampant.

    If you have no self standards, no self dignity, or never want to be held accountable working for someone who doesn't know anything about your job function in an extremely mediocre workplace that has no logic when it comes to pay scale CPS Energy is the place for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CPS Energy puts the "FU" in dysfunctional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent municipally owned utility that values it's customers and employees

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

    I have been working at CPS Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great benefits, sense of family and unity of purpose

    Cons

    Remnants of the Good Old Boy system and lifer's who have no experience in the outside world. managers resistant to change, very conservative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust and empower your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for highly-motivated individuals.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer Or Technician Or Administrative  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer Or Technician Or Administrative in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at CPS Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work-life balance in this company is pretty good. If you don't want to go the extra mile, you don't have to. All you have to do is put in your 40 hours and go home. If you have an issue and you can bring it up to higher management, there is a good chance that it will get fixed (assuming that this is an issue that many have). Also, it is not hard to find friendly co-workers. The benefits are "good" if you compare them to other companies.

    Also, very important. CPS does not fire people. You can be the most incompetent and still keep your job. The only way to get fired is by breaking policy.

    Cons

    Salary: This is something very very political. Managers are expected to try to keep your salary low, so you almost have to fight them to get a good raise. Also, the average increase is about 3 - 4% if you are a hard worker, so don't expect to become rich by working for CPS.

    Managers are not the brightest. The reason why many engineers become managers is because they will make more, so don't expect much from your boss. A lot of these managers get this job by becoming friends with the higher ups, and they know nothing about engineering. In CPS, if you know how to deal with people you can move up, without knowing anything significant. It almost seems that it's a requirement to be incompetent to become a manager.

    The benefits are ok. Again, it depends what you compare them too. If you compare them to a company that offers close to no benefits then yeah, of course this will be great. However, if you compare them to other private companies in the same industry (oil, chemical, vendors, etc) then the benefits are not that great.

    CPS is very political, as I mentioned above. A lot of the changes are driven by the "public perception". One example, the bonus (EIP). Our fabulous CEO decided to tell the public that he would reduce the EIP, so he slashed it, with the exception that he kept it for all executives. So be ready to play the political game. Many decisions are driven by what people think, and not what really matters.

    Innovation and career progression. CPS does not like to be "top of the line". So if you are very motivated and like to implement the latest technology with efficiency, then CPS is not for you. The real slogans are "if it's not broken, don't fix it", and "we have always done it this way".

    They have some policies that make no sense, like the driving policy. If you get a ticket or some traffic violation, you have to report it. If you don't, they fire you. And once you get the ticket then there goes your chance of being rated "top performer" for that year.

    Engineers have started to leave the company because they find better opportunities. So this company is ok, but there are better jobs out there if you don't mind relocating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To stop making decisions base on pure politics and listen to their people. Don't crush morale by making the employees fight for a higher increase and bonus. Also, slashing the EIP while keeping your bonus was the worse decision that you made, cause now your employees know how you really feel about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying to get out of this place!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at CPS Energy

    Pros

    They have a pension plan. Good benefits and if your hired they will keep you regardless of your performance. known for moving their "problem" to another area of the company?! If your lazy, this is the perfect spot for you, no joke. It's even a running joke among employees.

    Cons

    No career path, and only if you are liked by leadership will you be moved very quickly into management even without prior mgmt experience?!
    Employees complain all the way to the top and you can't trust anyone.Big time and trust issues in all areas of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrity, Integrity, integrity! Recommend following the core values. Stop moving people into executive leadership for political reasons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    CPS Energy is a good company but overall does not offer much opportunity for growth .

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at CPS Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. As an Engineer living in San Antonio, CPS Energy is one of the better employers you can find.

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth. Static - environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at CPS Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    long hours. not enough time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work more with lower managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only Game in town leads to flabby Focus on Internal Standards

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

    I worked at CPS Energy as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Company attempts to provide developmental opportunities for employees

    Cons

    Too much internal politics. Needs consistency across departments regarding financial resource management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trade offs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Staff  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - IT Staff in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at CPS Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Improved vision over the last 3 years. New CEO is bringing private sector approach and accountability to this public sector utility.

    Cons

    IT teams have too many riders and not enough leaders. This expense is hurting ability to execute, but CPSE lacks to political will to do what is necessary to deal with the problem.
    As a muni, CPSE is still driven too much by city politics rather than what is best for customers and a PC culture that doesn't always reward merit and protects non-performers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ITS Intern  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - ITS Intern in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at CPS Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are very friendly and there are a lot of company events and clubs that foster a good environment.

    Cons

    The average age of the people working is older, so for a young intern there tends to be a generation gap.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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