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Updated Jul 22, 2014

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2.5 8 reviews

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Richard (Rich) Riazzi

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    The company is lacking but the jobs are solid.

    Technician (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsGood amount of downtime
    Lots of optional over time
    Good benefits
    Good vacation/time-off
    Great pay
    Friendly atmosphere
    Safety oriented

    ConsThe company seems very disorganized for being around for over 100 years. Huge lack of training, at least in my department. There's a huge amount paper work and overhead that encroach on doing your actual job. Management is great but the higher-ups have no idea what's going on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out in the field and see how the company actual runs and what your employees actually do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Be Careful

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsThe salary and the movement through the company is great. The coworkers are great and friendly

    ConsDepending on what department it can be a bit of a hassle management can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. Also if you work the customer service department be prepared to stay long nights during storm season.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Better than most

    Credit and Collections (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsNice pay, Flexible part time

    ConsVindictive Supervisor Personnel, minority employees punished more harshly than the majority employees for the same acts

    Advice to Senior ManagementPHRC is aware of your practices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company is changing, and not for the better

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood salary and benefits. Good people

    ConsBully, Gestapo culture now. CEO is a puppet for other department, that is now running the company. The place is changing for the worse, and unfortunately not going to get any better, which is a shame because there are some seriously quality people there (both in personality and professionalism)...unfortunately, those same people are now leaving because they don't want to deal with the unprofessional and Gestapo culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake notice of what is going on around you, who's actually running the company and how it is affecting the culture and employee morale. You're losing a lot of great people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An average place to work while you are looking for better opportunities elsewhere

    . (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company has been around for over 100 years. It seems relatively stable, however, the Union contract is up in 2010 so I am not sure how that will affect everyone. The salary and benefits are good for the region. However! Negotiate upfront because they DO NOT give raises or cost of living increases. The only way to get a raise is to be promoted. They used to have a kick ass bonus plan but that was taken away. The employees are very nice and helpful. The environment is fairly laid back. As long as you get your work done, nobody seems to care what you do.

    ConsSenior management is nowhere to be seen. 2007 Bonus's thrown out the door without any explanation. There is no common goal or vision at the company. This is all in conjuction with the company being sold to Macquarie, an Austrailian investment firm. Maybe they want people to leave??? It seems like they are happy when people making high salaries leave. Then they can cut the budget. It seems like they are going to try to bust the Union. They don't replace anyone in the Union that retires. For a public utility, they spend money like drunken sailors. I am surprised at how much money is wasted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate what is going on with the company to the people who keep it running.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not sure what the goal or direction of the company is

    I Don't Want to Say (Current Employee)

    ProsIt has a union that offers some job protection. It has a system of job bidding that allows one to change jobs. It has an "OK" benefit package by todays standard. The salary is comprable to other similar jobs.

    ConsThe management in the skilled labor departments are very unprofessional and tend to be overly cliquish. They have strong traits of the "good ol boy system". The company is not as financially strong as it was when it owned its own power stations. Corporate greed of the previous CEO sold the power stations and left the company as just a wires company which means the company does not generate power, but they transmit power through their power lines. This is the equivalent of a major airplane company selling all of their airplanes and just making money by charging to check your baggage. The company has been bought by a bean counter investment company which means there will be little concern for the effectiveness and reliability of the company. They will not operate the company the way disciplined engineers would by respecting the physics behind the operations. The bean counting company is only concern with money; therefore, they will forgo proper maintenance, they will try to reduce employee benefits and reduce the quality of life for them. Their ultimate goal is to get blood from a turnip.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeach management how to be more professional. By this I mean teach them people skills: interpersonal communications, multicultural diversity, teach them how to have class. Teach them about the "Pygmalion effect" (look it up) so that the employees can thrive in their working environment and not dread being their feeling as though they are invisible. In this way the company will flourish and prosper.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Internal Politics Galore

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and stable position.

    ConsThe internal politics and back biting are well beyond other electric companies that i've worked for. It's amazing how much time people spend jockying for position while shooting themselves in the foot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe politics and climate is set from the top down.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A decent paycheck while looking for a more challenging and rewarding work environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAbility to work independently without micromanagement and flexibility of work schedule.

    ConsNo emphasis on employee development. Feedback on job performance only occurs at year-end review. Due to system limitations, more time spent gathering data than providing analysis. Treatment of employees is not consistent by department or position. Employee morale varies considerably throughout the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany needs to streamline the IT systems as this could reduce overtime and improve analysis. Creating a mentor program and having periodic developmental discussions between staff and superviors could improve employee development. Simple things can improve employee morale (i.e. dress down Friday) that have no cost impact on the company but can have a major impact on employee morale.

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