Energy Northwest Reviews

Updated June 13, 2015
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  1. Great Organization

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Energy Northwest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong leadership, retirement and pension program

    Cons

    Highly regulated industry requires a unique skillset.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the high standards and great work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Most stressful military-style work culture...not a happy civilian environment

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

    I worked at Energy Northwest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation package is very competitive, including pension. 4-10 work week with alternate Fridays off. Most, but not all, employees are friendly.

    Cons

    Very stressful environment, given rigid safety culture and mission to succeed in nuclear industry. Work-Life balance is non-existent; work expectations (hours and teaming) are borderline unrealistic for most people, especially if you have family. CEO is benchmark for an uncomfortable workplace but HR is judge, jury and jailer for even minor infractions. Employees must protect their own interests out of fear, therefore mostly incapacitated to help others.

    Advice to Management

    If management engagement with employees does not improve, the plant may not succeed and remain operational due to lack of interested and qualified staff.


  3. Leaving a good company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Energy Northwest full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Pay; Benefits; Plant Operations; Security and Safety

    Cons

    -Lack of Leadership with some inexperienced Managers/Supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    -Increase management/supervisor training to enhance employee daily interactions. This provides focus on guidance and direction for work priorities.


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  5. Desktop Support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support in Richland, WA
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support in Richland, WA

    I worked at Energy Northwest as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Office culture was a fun, light-hearted environment, but employees are expected to have work done in a timely manner.

    Project manager was great to work with.

    Cons

    Scheduling time to work with employees was difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more communication between managers and employees they manage.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good money but an authoritarian environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst III in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst III in Richland, WA

    I worked at Energy Northwest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay and compensation for employees. Most of the employees are skilled and able to do the job.

    Cons

    The environment is based on a top down management style with no room for feed back. Culture is heavily influenced by the nuclear navy stile.

    People are afraid to do anything that is different from the way it has always been done for fear that management will not like the way it is done.

    Advice to Management

    People are too afraid of mistakes to provide out of the box thinking. Need to make room for mistakes


  7. Things are improving

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Richland, WA

    I have been working at Energy Northwest full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture for excellence appears to be catching on; very good pay, good benefits. Our ranking within the industry is improving.

    Cons

    Stressful and demanding work environment; no work-life balance. Middle management still lacks ability to manage workload dispursement, performance and engagement. Some departments are better than others.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Culture of Sickness

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

    I worked at Energy Northwest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Technically part of the State of Washington. So you are able get state benifits.

    Cons

    The managers are power hungry and the micromanagement is the worst i have everseen. The IT department experianced a turnover rate of 50% in 3 years 2007 - 2010. For some IT companies this may be normal. But, these are good paying IT jobs in an area where there a very view IT jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Replace All management and start over. There is a reason this is one of the worst ranked Nuclear Power Plants in the US.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Energy Northwest is cleaning house: Engineering 04-06, Inormation Technology 06-08, Training is next.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Richland, WA

    I have been working at Energy Northwest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    state retirement, vacation time, and wages.

    Cons

    physically ugly place to work, Sr management is using a nazi approach to get rid of middle-management, which trickles down to a bad work environment for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Please make Oxenford try a different approach to "cleaning house".


  10. Helpful (1)

    If we had Senior leadership, Energy Northwest would be a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Training in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Training in Richland, WA

    I have been working at Energy Northwest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people here are great. Will go out of there way to help you. 1st and 2nd level management is pretty good here. Despite my negative comments below, if you can ignore the lack of leadership at the top, it can be a reasonably fun place to work. For young people, about 30-35 %of the workforce due to retire in 1-5 years.

    Cons

    There is no leadership at the Senior level. Despite saying how important people are, seem to view employees as "broken". Nuclear industry is highly procedural and regulatory bound. Mgt style right out of the fifties. Trying to "engage" employees by setting up a latte stand, an on-site shredder for people to bring confidential paper from home (identity theft), and gimmick ,incentives, while at the same time wrint a policy to discipline a person for being late to a training class, focusing on lates to training, and late on reports , errors in e-mails instead of actual quality and quantity of work is a good indicator that they don't understand "employee engagemnt" at all.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in someone from Johnson and Johnson, Google, United Parcel Service, or Herb Kelleher from Southwest to advise them on how to lead.



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