Florida Power & Light Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Good benefits and very nice people to work with (in 13 reviews)

  • The pay is good also, if your a freshmen-junior in college, they start you off at (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees at FPL seem to have no work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • my business unit scored extremely low (in 4 reviews)

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  1. PSL

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    Former Employee - Senior Cyber Security Specialist in Port Saint Lucie, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Cyber Security Specialist in Port Saint Lucie, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits retirement and 401k.,

    Cons

    long hard work hours.and limited OT.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. FPL Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Florida Power & Light full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well Managed Clean Energy Producer Diverse Business Lowest Cost Energy Provider in the State of Florida Ideal Work Locations Committed to quality and continuous improvement

    Cons

    Sometimes several moves are required for advancement opportunities. Organization is so flat that some people in the organization have more responsibility than can be effectively managed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue growth and execution strategy. Continue focus on quality and continuous improvement. Invest more time and resources developing mid-level managers/high potential employees.


  3. Their recruiters are terrible! For such a large corporation , they have no communication skills.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Power & Light part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros...They have no website for outage work for temporary employees to apply. When you do find a recruiter, it's a big ordeal for one of them to call or email you back.

    Cons

    Don't even mess with these people, it's like a 3 ring circus.

    Advice to Management

    You need to hire better recruiters and they need better communication skills. If your slots are filled , that's fine, just email and say "we're full".


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  5. Stepping Stone, Nothing More

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    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you have no other prospects, this may be better than no job. Honestly, you should really exhaust all other options first.

    Cons

    Use to be that FPL looked real good on your resume. Not so much anymore. The word is out on this employer. After working there, you will be somewhat radioactive for a few years. Your best bet is to leave right after your hiring bonus commitment is up. Prospective employers will still consider you salvageable. Any more than 2 years at FPL, and its like you are permanently ruined in their eyes. Benefit package is ok, but good luck using it. If you actually use your sick days, education benefits, etc., it will affect your raise and bonus at the end of the year. Basically, they want their money back, and it will get it over time the longer you work there by screwing you over on raises and bonuses. That makes the benefits more of a loan program. They will lend you money for school, but then you literally pay it back later. Great company if you are the CEO or a stockholder. Ok if you are bargaining unit/Union employee. Terrible if you are non-bargaining unit employee, such as an engineer. For a company that year after year is making break-neck profits and shareholder returns, the engineers and working professionals are basically left out in the cold. You would be lucky to get 2-3% raises, and that's if you bust your butt and kiss a lot of nasty bottom. The starting salaries are bottom 25th percentile, too, so get ready to lose out on tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout a working career at FPL versus the same experience at a competing utility in the same exact job title. The general treatment of employees is the worst I have seen in my 20+ year career. They hire you as "entry level" (even if you already have tons of related experience) to convince you that you don't deserve much pay to start with, but then immediately expect that you are an expert in your job after just 1-2 years. Of course, you get practically no training, and even the tiniest of mistakes can lead to major outages and equipment damage. You will carry all the blame, so forget about raises, promotions, and bonuses for several years should you fall in one of the hundreds of traps they have setup. The company is also suffering a diversity crisis, which is becoming more common amongst all larger companies. FPL is desperate to promote persons based solely on ethnicity and/or gender to meet certain diversity goals. The result is that lower and middle management is riddled with people that are absolutely terrible at their job. The company and working there already sucks enough, but then you also have to deal with bosses that will never be good leaders no matter how much they get trained or experience they amass. Additionally, the company conducts an "independent" employee survey every two years. You will be greatly intimidated to participate in this "voluntary" survey. If you don't participate, they will come after you. If you answer anything that makes them look bad, they will come after you. The testing agency gives them enough data to pick you out as the one that didn't do the survey, or that you were likely the one who made negative comments. The agency breaks it down to them. The class you in very small groups of 3-5 people. Your boss will go around and ask everyone individually if they did the survey. He/she can then surmise who didn't and come after you. They will also tell them how many people answered negatively on a question. They will conduct several ongoing "training sessions" in the following weeks and months to ask people how they answered certain seemingly unimportant questions. If you tell them you answered any of these unimportant questions negatively, then they will assume you were the one who answered the important questions negatively. There goes your raise, bonus and promotion. Great system! Instead of being a tool to gain valuable feedback and using the information to improve the way things are done, they use it to crucify the employees for being honest and trying to make things better on a voluntary, supposedly anonymous survey. Bottom line: Unless you have absolutely no choice, pass on this employer. This is a last resort type of deal.

    Advice to Management

    Starting salaries for entry level engineers needs to be at least $10k-$15k higher to be on par with similar employers in the state. 2-3% raises is an insult when you are already earning way, way below market. 5% raises minimum on non-promotion years. 10% minimum raise on a promotion year. This should be the model for at least the first 5-7 years. You are losing tons of good people because you do the opposite. Stop promoting completely incompetent persons to lower and mid management simply because of gender and/or ethnicity and you happen to have a low amount in leadership at the time. Promote the best people, period. If that happens to be, say, a female person, and she is the best person for the job, then promote her. Don't promote her solely on the fact that she fits a diversity goal. The negative effect on moral is just not worth it to maybe earn a tax credit and/or political points.


  6. Meter Reader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Power & Light (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits for all employees

    Cons

    No management support for field workers.


  7. Principal Engineer

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Relatively secure, layoff free environment

    Cons

    Current atmosphere of austerity. Few new and interesting projects. Just maintaining assets as is with little innovation or improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt PMI project management processes and throw out in use project methods


  8. Project technician

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    Former Employee - Project Designer in North Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Project Designer in North Palm Beach, FL

    I worked at Florida Power & Light full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large company that allowed for lateral moves between departments. Healthy living was really important. They promoted working out with an onsite gym.

    Cons

    It was a sink or swim environment where people were very protective of their jobs. It was nearly impossible to get coworkers or assistant managers to help you.


  9. Customer Service

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its overall a great company. There is alot of room for growth. I worked here for about 3-4 years and have already moved to 2 different departments and got two raises along with it.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons


  10. Restoration Specialist

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    Current Employee - Restoration Specialist in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Restoration Specialist in Fort Myers, FL
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Florida Power & Light full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overtime Opportunities, Good pay for SW Florida.

    Cons

    Reactive and Old School Management Style.


  11. Meter Reader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good co-workers and good pay

    Cons

    management was horrible, did not listen employee concerns



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