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Good Austin company that cares about the community

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

I have been working at Austin Energy

Pros

Excellent, visionary utility. Can work on some very cool projects and programs.

Cons

Below market pay and low agility from being a city department.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting, but frustrating

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    Former Employee - Client Relationship Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Client Relationship Coordinator in Austin, TX

    I worked at Austin Energy

    Pros

    Benefits and pay were quite good. Upper management was open to hearing ideas for improvement. Level of responsibility given was far higher than what was expected at this level of employment (supervisory).

    Cons

    General incompetence of middle and upper management. Corruption in hiring in management positions. Wasteful, unproductive employees made everyone look bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the ideas coming from lower management level, they are your brightest people. Clean up your hiring practices and promote more internally.

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    AE is a pretty stagnant place to work (most people work there 20+ years) but they offer a great retirement package

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Austin Energy

    Pros

    Job security, benefits (and specifically, retirement); people are nice; Austin Energy is making a recent push to hire from within since a lot of the upper management is eligible for retirement in the next few years; the city is a big place and job opportunities can be transparent, so once you get your foot in the door, you may have options available that would be harder to transition to outside the city; the city doesn't like to fire people, so chances are good that you'll be able to work there until you retire or until you want to leave

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement outside of engineering field; people stay here forever so stagnant environment (same old players = old ideas); longtimers hog top positions; seems to be a good ole' boy club at the top; the pay is supposedly so small because the benefits are so good; not a lot of young people at Austin Energy; the environment (and most of the people) isn't "cool" or cutting edge – some dress like they are receiving welfare; you have to be extra conscious of public image because the funding comes from the citizens of Austin; there are some questionable people in leadership roles – it leads you to think that they were promoted because they brown nosed one important person, not because they were the best person for the job; the city doesn't like to fire people, so incompetent employees usually just get transferred (often leading to a better job) and bad managers are hardly ever demoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really take a look at what makes a good manager/leader and consider this before hiring for a leadership position. More often than not, I see people at the city who fill leadership roles but who are not leaders.

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