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Con Edison Reviews

Updated April 23, 2014
Updated April 23, 2014
30 Reviews

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Con Edison Chairman and CEO; Chairman and CEO, Consolidated Edison of New York Kevin Burke
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nepotism and Cronyism Rampant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Programmer in New York, NY

    Pros

    Decent place to learn about new technology.

    Cons

    Very few new employees stay with the company for any extended period of time. Managers and supervisors have made rank by who they know not what they know. Basically, most management/supervisory staff have been with the company for many years and are very territorial and concerned only with nurturing the careers of staff members within their inner circle. If you are within their inner circle expect GREAT performance reviews and pay raises year in and year out regardless of their true on the job performance. And expect mediocre (at best) performance reviews and pay raises if you are not within their inner circle. This culture/mindset was cited internally by the company which to it's credit recognizes the rampant nepotism and cronyism that abounds...Unfortunately, despite the company's best efforts to promote fairness and opportunity to advance for all in the workplace, managers and supervisors find ways to portray staff not within their inner circle as being under performing slackers, which leads to mistrust and staff concerned only with self preservation. Inhibiting new ideas and thinking outside the box. It's unhealthy for staff subjected to this and it's unhealthy for a company desperately seeking to extracate itself from the grasp of rampant nepotism and cronyism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only through retirement of long term employees will the company begin to realize a work force that genuinely cares about the company, promotes free thinking and provides fairness and opportunity for all staff members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    learning about legal aspects of safety and reliability of the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    make a lot of great connections with other employees and learn from senior employees about the company and how things work

    Cons

    no room for advancement seems to be a lot of favoritism and bullying going on daily by coworkers and they ignore complaints by employees regarding bullying by coworkers on daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is only working for certain favorite employees regardless too much political games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It pays the bills !

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is a steady secure job that's it !

    Cons

    Way too much favoritism and nepotism ! Unless you know somebody or are extremely lucky you will never advance here. No work life balance ! Management stuck in the 1960's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop placing people in positions that have no business being there

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

    Public Affairs

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    Current Employee - Webmaster  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Webmaster in New York, NY

    Pros

    If you're looking for a job where you can skate by, this is it.

    Cons

    People get promoted and placed in positions based on politics and not merit. It's very cliquey and if you aren't in the clique, you will not get anywhere. No structure. Favoritism is rampant. There was poor leadership and even worse managers that are simply waiting to retire and are no longer invested in their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people who care enough about their jobs to change what isn't currently working. Don't just promote the clique and instead promote based on skills and merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customer operations supervisor

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor

    Pros

    Good salary if you negotiate well coming into the company along with overtime pay.

    Cons

    Many of the management employees were promoted from the union. Intimidated by outside hires coming into management. Not a corporate structure, they have young inexperienced newly promoted management employees running the call center. They want you you to dummy down your experience to fit in. Not open to fresh new ideas from the outside. Horrible place to work !!! Not the old con Edison !!! No real pension for new management/ cash balance. Mean employees that are unsupportive unless you were union. Your on lock down with mandatory overtime for major outages. Other parts of the company may be good. - stay away from the call center environment!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize the experience and talent of outside management employees. Don't be afraid to let them shine!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Office union job at ConEd

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    Pros

    1. If you were hired in 2002-2005 in the union you get a real pension after 30 years - not many places offer such thing these days, but you must be there 30 years at least.
    2. Job is stable and secure if you don't do anything stupid and follow all their rules and policies to the letter.
    3. ConEd also offers a 401(k) that they match partially - max match for union is about $1200/annum
    4. Medical benefits are ok, but they are getting worse and more expensive.

    Cons

    Takes forever to get a promotion if you don't know somebody. But, if you are someone's relaive - promotions come at the lightspeed regadless of your lack of qualification, and against all the rules and policies that Con Edison is asking everyone to follow.
    Very old school management practices. Ones at the bottom of the corporate ladder always get the blame for errors made by upper and middle management. Very top-heavy company. There is one supervisor for every 2-3 union employees who do the work - typical for Con Edison. As the saying goes: one guy's working, ten are watching - very true for this company. Most supervisors barely have a HS diploma and possess no or very little technical knowledge and expertise, they are not there to help you or answer your questions, they are there to watch your every move and it seems they have pleasure doing that.
    Very litte acation time - nothing the year you are hired, 5 or 10 days (depending on the month of hire) next year, and 10 days until you get 5 full years, after that you get 15 days/ammun, that also increases a little once you hit 12 years, and so on. Max. vacation now is 26 days - you get that after 30+ years.
    Very unflexible on any additional time off that you may need for personal/emergency issues - once you are out of your vacation days - you get nothing till end of the year no matter what your situation is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes several years and several tests for a union employee to get to the next title, and most of the new hires do have engineering degrees that are related to their work. However, the situation with management and supervisory employees seems to be quite different. One can become a supervisor because his father or uncle or father-in-law is a ConEd manager, and have no applicable education. This is wrong and you guys know that!!! Yet, you pretend that everything is fine!!!
    My suggestion:
    1.Get rid of engineering supervisors who do not have engineering degrees.
    2.Create real testing produres for management employees - if they cannot pass the test - they should not be promoted or kept in the company.
    3.This is, as Mr. Burke said, a "pipes and wires company", thus all manegement, expept departments like accounting, hr, facilities, must, as a condition of employment posses high level of engineering expertise, e.g. mandatory PE licenses for managers, mandatory bachelor in engineering for engineering supervisors, etc.
    4.Make the Ombudsman office work in the proper way. Today it is simply a part of the "old boys club" that governs the company. Everything that you tell the office about improper things that your manager done is not investigated properly - it is simply let known to the manager, as well as who complained, etc, the the person who made the complaint faces intimidation, harassement, and retaliation - although the Corporate policies strictly prohibit such beahvior.
    5.Take control of the hiring and promotional procedures - people should not be hired/promoted because they know somebody and don't know anything realted to the job.
    6. Reduce supervisors - they are simply overpaid attendance takers who don't know anyting about the job and do not teach people that report to them anything.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stable company but not very progressive.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    Pros

    It's a stable company, even through the current financial crisis the company manages to turn a profit. In no other company will you have such job safety and there are decent benefits. Good place to land a career if you don't have a degree and don't plan on getting one.

    Cons

    The culture is very backwards, most likely because of the union vs management mindset. It is very resistance to change and mired with a heavy bureaucracy.

    There is a saying in company,

    There is a right way,
    there is a wrong way
    and then there is the Coned way.

    And good luck trying to change that.

    Management lacks soft skills in dealing with union workers. Try taking a few days off for a family medical emergency and you will be stonewalled by supervisors on policy and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't lay all responsibility at your feet, the union is also to blame not changing with the times. But ask yourself this, if Conedison was in a more competitive market would it be able to survive?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job depending on department your in!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Once your in the company you can learn a lot if you know what you want to focus on

    Cons

    Like everyone else said it's not what you know it's who you know if you want to advance in this company. Too many politics within departments if your "not the right fit or the right person for the department" you have a hard way to go to get where you want to go professionally. They say equal opportunity that's b.s the testing for advancement have nothing to do with the job your going for in union jobs. Be careful you are only aloud 3 job postings for a calendar year if you fail a test you cannot retake the test for 6months also if you apply for a different job with the same test you automatically do not qualify for the job and you wasted that posting so be very mindful and sure of what you are posting for plus there is no test prep it's a general aptitude test unless you know people within the company that can "help you pass" so if you've been out of school for some time brush up smh.....applying for management is much different there's no limit on the jobs you can apply for so that's good for those that want to be in management but the hiring process is very hard if you don't know anybody to grease you through in all if your patient and know what you want to do with in this company go for it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more empathetic with your workers you too was once union unless you came in of the streets and have no experience in the company change the culture and be more open to new ideas stop with that if it ain't broke no need to fix it mentality

  10.  

    a stable job with decent salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in New York, NY

    Pros

    its a stable job with variety of opportunities to move around within the company. there is a lot of pride within the company. the benefits are great, other than the salary the medical insurance is very good. they also have a discount stock program which i think is a great way to save money and at the same time be concerned about what is going on within the company. this brings up the pride that i have by working here. the people working here are also very friendly and helpful. sometime i wonder what drives people to be so nice to eachother

    Cons

    there are not many challenging work that are faced by the employees. this is one of the things that i had to get used to, but once i did it was no longer an issue. there's a certain pace at which everything is conducted and if you are on the same level then you will be comfortable working here. even though the work itself isnt very keenly scrutinized other things such as accurate time keeping and such matter are very important. so basically getting to work on time is more important than what i do for the 8 hrs that i spend here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retention should be enforced. people move around a lot between positions

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent opportunity and great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours and team oriented

    Cons

    None specific cons at this position

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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