Grid One Solutions, Inc.

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Updated December 12, 2014
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  1. Meter installer

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    Former Contractor - Field Meter Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Contractor - Field Meter Technician in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Grid One Solutions, Inc. as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The starting pay, the independence and overtime.

    Cons

    They talk to you like you are a child. The lack of promotion opportunities. If you get a parking ticket it is on you.

    Advice to Management

    Tell lower management to get off their high horse, and come down to reality. The project manager walks around like the king of Henry's court.

  2. OK pay/benefits. Get to work outside and independently

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    Current Employee - Field Meter Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Field Meter Technician in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Grid One Solutions, Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay & benefits are OK and you get to work outside Independently. Good training programs as well. They also are good about promoting from within.

    Cons

    Supervisors need to be better compensated for the time and effort they put in. It's a disgrace that certain projects have technicians at a higher pay rate than the supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Give the supervisors a much needed pay raise and/or opportunities to earn bonuses through out the year. You've done both of these for the technicians. The supervisors are normally working more than 50 hours per week. They arrive before the technicians and remain until after the last tech has left. It's bad business when you have a supervisory staff longing for a demotion in order to get a pay raise.

  3. Could be an awesome company, however management is too concerned with the bottom line and bids contracts in too thin of a margin, especially in meter reading contracts.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Lake Charles, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Lake Charles, LA

    I worked at Grid One Solutions, Inc. full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Independence. Once trained, an employee has a lot of freedom on how the route is completed, and has a lot of independence for lower management.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from senior, and project level mamangement. Pay is sub-par, even with a company truck to take home, and 70-80 hour weeks, which could be a good thing except when you're salary. Plenty of times have had hourly employees make more than I did. Plenty of safety training, but no incentive, and with the oppresive nature of project and senior management supervision, it is very hard to work safe while working 70-80 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with AMI type work. I have worked both types of projects, and AMI has a better margin, is better led, and the safety systems in place are better driven.

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  5. Great local teams no senior management involvement

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Lenoir City, TN
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Lenoir City, TN

    I worked at Grid One Solutions, Inc. full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's great work if you like being outside and working on your own. Project manager was a great guy and was very helpful when you needed anything.

    Cons

    A lot of out of pocket expense to stay ready for the weather, no real safety worries from the company. When I first started the Team Lead was abusing his powers and making working conditions very hard. Company did nothing to fix the issues. Once promoted I had no management training had to learn it all on my own.

    Advice to Management

    Care about keeping good employees, also look at moving people up the ladder stop being so dead end.

  6. Good Leadership Required- as anywhere

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant
    Former Employee - Office Assistant

    I worked at Grid One Solutions, Inc. full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    As in any job the people you work with and the skills you learn make the difference- the first personally and the second career wise. People were good. May not have been the best career move for me but at the time it was interesting.

    Cons

    Pay was wicked-low. There were times when I wished it was more organized and under control. Nature of the beast I guess.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees tools to succeed in basic stuff- there are so many variables that will be out of control- formulate a good structure/framework and expectation for the basic running of a project. A little investment up-front will save you much time and money later.

  7. meter installer

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    Current Contractor - Field Meter Technician in Frazer, PA
    Current Contractor - Field Meter Technician in Frazer, PA

    I have been working at Grid One Solutions, Inc. as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    You work independently, outside and you get to see parts of the city and subburbs

    Cons

    the work is repetitous. The comunication between management and supervisors could use imprvement.

  8. Friendly work environment, promotes from within.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Grid One Solutions, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Recognizes talent and hard work by promoting from within. Offers generous benefits to managers.

    Cons

    Pay lower than industry standard. Work is project based making job security questionable.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Don't try to dissuade a union vote using scare tactics

  9. Interesting job for a temporary position.

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    Former Contractor - Electric Meter Technician in Portland, ME
    Former Contractor - Electric Meter Technician in Portland, ME

    I worked at Grid One Solutions, Inc. as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Tons of independence after proving you can preform the work successfully.
    Everyday you got to experience different parts of the state (Maine), and interesting characters.
    Decent compensation for a temporary position.

    Cons

    Repetitive work.
    Limited advancement unless you desire to travel to new contracts in different states.
    Supervisors stretched thin and ragged, while tech's had more freedom.
    Most tech's were milking the job, while a select few actually performed most of the work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more supervisors.

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    Utility Meter Technician -hopeful to dissatisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Utility Meter Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Contractor - Utility Meter Technician in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Grid One Solutions, Inc. as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Above average starting rate 15.50 at time of this review.Time and half after 40 hours.
    Benefits after 90 days.Training provided,tools,vehicle.Personal Protective Equipment -excellent

    Cons

    Mandatory 2 saturdays on before one off(can work all saturdays)There is a quota of installs daily. Management encourges staying in field to meet quota without payment for additional time spent.Management uses a no walls style disipline ,your business is available for anyone else within hearing distant.Management will remind you that 1000's of people want your job and you should get the job done or you will be let go.This is a project job no guarentee of employment after the project is complete.June,July,August hot months to be wearing t-shirt and long sleeve fire retardant shirt and heavy fire retardant jeans in addition to hard hat with shield when in front of meter change out,boots and special gloves also worn.

    Advice to Management

    Buy decent printers and cartridges for supervisors so they can stop using that excuse for not getting stuff printed.Make sure trainers are all training the same way.Make and distribute instructions on how to best utilize handhelds & any tips that are proven to decrease time between installs.

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