Hawaiian Electric Company

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Hawaiian Electric Company Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good employer, lots of career development opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaiian Electric Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, pension, healthcare.
    Infrastructure systems are really good.
    Lots of new work.

    Cons

    Lots of work.
    More people driven than process driven.
    No work from home policy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Mainland consultants do most of technical work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaiian Electric Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health and sick leave package and plenty of floating holidays. People that work here are friendly and respectful. Some of the highest paid union utility workers in the US, but not so good if you're not in the union.

    Cons

    Any Hawaiian University tech grad who wants a job with HECO is better off working for a mainland consultant unless they want to be a PM. The union has crippled the use of technology by not updating the jobs in 20 years, so engineers are afraid to try anything new, especially with methods that are 20 years old. "Mandatory" community service makes me feel like a criminal as a performance review shouldn't be based on participation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is in a bubble, and really need to look at the capabilities in-house before being quick on the consultant hiring trigger. Performance reviews need to be realistic especially when a person has gone beyond the job description for the good of the company.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Locals do not like mainlanders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Specialist in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Development Specialist in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaiian Electric Company as a contractor

    Pros

    Parking, nice weather outside (although freezing cold offices).

    Cons

    The gossip and back-stabbing are over the top. Union people prefer staying stuck in the past and are resistant to change especially if it's introduced by a mainland person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Larry Ellis buy you out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stressful

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaiian Electric Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Fast pace environment so day goes by quickly.

    Cons

    Never ending work load, constant upset customers, lack of management support. No room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more. Reps are buried in work. Relief would be greatly appreciated

  6.  

    Good company for employment but bad company reputation in the state

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaiian Electric Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    + Good benefits and pay for Hawaii
    + Good company culture of volunteering in the community and employee professional development
    + Renewable energy projects in the next 10 years could be challenging and rewarding work

    Cons

    - The reputation of the company is not too good due to high eletricity rate

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Friendly, very cohesive staff.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Hawaiian Electric Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, low stress working conditions, strong team environment.

    Cons

    Working for a Public Utility means complying with a lot of regulations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Friendly people to work with, but job is more of a project management position than an engineer position.

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    Current Employee - Power Plant Mechanical Designer II in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Power Plant Mechanical Designer II in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaiian Electric Company

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice friendly people (most of the time), really good job security, forgiving when mistakes are made.

    Cons

    Pay is fair for the cost of living in Honolulu, don't really do much engineering its more of a project manager position, no overtime pay, but you end up working 40 - 60 hours a week.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Well..........it has been an experience not much more to say so i will just keep typing the 20 word minimum

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lineman in None (Italy)
    Current Employee - Lineman in None (Italy)

    I have been working at Hawaiian Electric Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    ok pay ok benefits good co workers bad manger at least where i am at the iron fist!!!!!

    Cons

    see the pros management needs help overall very bad stuck in the 70s old out dated system needs a make over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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