Gainesville Regional Utilities

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Gainesville Regional Utilities Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
9 Reviews
3.7
9 Reviews
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Robert E. Hunzinger
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  1.  

    A lot of changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gainesville Regional Utilities

    Pros

    Great environment, many community outreach programs, involved employees

    Cons

    A lot of changes within departments

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch your back here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gainesville Regional Utilities full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    New facilities, and a good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Senior staff has a couple of 'short-timers' looking to retire soon. As a result they have no backbone and do not support the IT staff as much as they should. The city made some questionable calls with a Biomass Generator that turned out to be very expensive to the citizens. Gainesville's electric charges are the most expensive in the state, and as a result IT budgets are being slashed to lower the charges to the citizens. Jobs are being cut by two very quirky senior staffers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Team Environment, Community Centered, Best Local Internship

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Intern in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at Gainesville Regional Utilities as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the best paid internships in town. Real experience that translates. Great team environment. This internship will give you important projects to work on that matter. Experience working with industry professionals and the chance to speak C level executives. This internship gives you a real corporate experience and will develop your portfolio.

    Cons

    Demanding projects. Need to learn how to prioritize your school time to put in the hours at work. The interview process is tough, but is also great experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more internships!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice organization but gotta have tough skin

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gainesville Regional Utilities full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I love my coworkers and was inspired by the dedication of the people who work there. I also really liked the overall mission of the organization and the focus on providing good customer service. The benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Because the City Commission is the board of directors, the political atmosphere can be trying. Every new city election brings another round of critical candidates who love to use GRU as their platform. Other cons in the job I had were a not-so-great salary, and limited upward mobility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    GRU Review

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    Current Employee - Middle Management  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at Gainesville Regional Utilities full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Best place in Gainesville. The stability and the benefits of working for a utility are in my opinion superior many other entities.

    Cons

    Working for a municipal, you have more steps to take to advertise positions or to make significant purchases. This can affect your ability to be able to compete.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    overall not a bad place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at Gainesville Regional Utilities

    Pros

    stable workplace, Gainesville itself, GRU is generally progressive and green (while many employees are not), pay is OK for the area, GRU is generally flexible and supportive of your needs,

    Cons

    Good-ole-boy system, lots of silo building, "we've been doing it like that for XX years ...", incompetent managers, the culture is generally very southern conservative republican, if you like that, go for it, otherwise you'll be different (not hated or harassed though!), lots or politics, lots of bureaucracy, change does not come easy,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some fresh wind and ideas into management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    GRU, a great, relaxed place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at Gainesville Regional Utilities

    Pros

    Pay is fairly solid, people are pleasant, work is very easygoing, hours are not bad at all, management is very willing to help out and take time to work with employees to coach them along. Salary is very fair and starts off at a competitive level. It pays to stay with the company, as salary ranges have a fairly large spread over time. GRU is an overall great place to work for people of all experiences.

    Cons

    Not a lot of extremely challenging work, so one can only learn so much. It's more grinding through day to day operations and getting tasks down for superiors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gainesville Regional Utilities

    Pros

    Very nurturing work environment
    Nice Co-workers
    Very experienced senior management that cares about the company

    Cons

    Public utility pay rates
    Part of the City Budget

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is hard to run a utility like a business when it has political implications as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gainesville Regional Utilities

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits and stability

    Cons

    It's government and promotional opportunities come through vacancy, salary increases are based on pahy scale taht applies to everyone (good and bad point there).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share info with employees completely not on a need to know basis

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