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

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Former Employee - .
Former Employee - .

I worked at Duquesne Light

Pros

The 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.

Cons

Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

Communicate what is going on with the company to the people who keep it running.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Not sure what the goal or direction of the company is

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    Current Employee - I Don't Want to Say
    Current Employee - I Don't Want to Say

    I have been working at Duquesne Light

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Teach 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Internal Politics Galore

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duquesne Light

    Pros

    Good benefits and stable position.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    The politics and climate is set from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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