Kansas City Power & Light Company
3.5 of 5 10 reviews
www.kcpl.com Kansas City, MO 1000 to 5000 Employees

Kansas City Power & Light Company Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2014

Be The First To
Add Photos

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 10 reviews

                             

100% Approve of the CEO

(no image)

Terry D Bassham

(2 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
10 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    Excellent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCutting edge oracle technology and great working team

    ConsI do not have any cons to say

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Not a meritocracy but that's ok

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsKCPL has been great. I've worked here after a couple brief stints at big firms that weren't working out. Recently I went into a dept as an analyst because i needed to follow my old boss (I didn't even know how to do pivot tables - HARD) and I hated it. The work was tricky and i didn't really get what we were supposed to be doing lol. But when my old boss took a promotion, he made sure i got a job in his new area and he gave me a promotion to senior wait a sec ok i'm back - like i was saying kcpl is a great place to work just be sure to make the right friends and have the right boss.

    ConsSome of the work is really hard - what was I even doing?! When i started i didn't get paid like i did after switching departments - the pay was low. Sometimes it's really slow and things take forever to get decideded.

    Advice to Senior Managementblank

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Good place to work. Good pay and benefits.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsGood pay and benefits, good job security, very good equipment and tools to do your job. Work environments are nice. Got new mgmt at the top a few years ago that is making positive changes.

    ConsDecision making is slow at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower directors and managers in the business. Encourage sensible risk taking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
  • We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Accountant

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSalary, Vacation/Sick Time, Pension Plan

    ConsThe invisible ceiling seems to follow minorities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote more minorities. Not just the same 2 or 3.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    I had worked for KCPL for years and have been admiring it.

    Senior Electrical Engineer (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, KS

    ProsKCPL treat its employee quite well. It has excellent utility culture, rational pay and benefit, fair training opportunity, flexible work hour, not much overtime, and great high and direct managements.

    ConsWorking in one of tradistional power utility is less challenging and has less opportunity to grow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess micro-management and more encourage

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    The work and pay were good, too bad the management wasn't.

    Network Engineer (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsGood pay, good benefits, nice 401k matching

    Cons"Good old boy" environment, incompetent supervisors and managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf a supervisor has so many complaints against him that HR has to send out a survey about him then it's probably time to let him go.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    Not perfect but a lot more pluses than minus and well compensated for the job.

    Shift Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsCompensation is very good in the generation positions. Time off, work / life balance is good. Very proactive in promoting and hiring young people, minority and military. They try very hard to show employee appreciation and improve the working enviroment. Make a real effort at trying to foster a family type atmosphere within the company. Managed to not have any layoffs even with the economic down turn.

    ConsThe company doesn't seem to listen to input from anyone outside the HQ building. People out in the field and working at the generation plants seem to have their voice ignored.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are going to hold company events make them something people want to participate in. Don't give up, there have been some very positive changes in the last few years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    Some things have improved while others have gotten worse.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsGood work/life balance although flexibility with work schedules depends on your manager; pretty good benefits package; great people; stable industry

    ConsPositions are often not filled fairly; there have been cases of blatant favoritism from managers; managers tend to be very "hands off"/don't want to get their hands dirty, so sometimes throw their subordinates under the bus; information sharing from manager to subordinate is VERY poor; complete lack of direction from management leaves people floundering; too many layers of bureaucracy

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on putting real leaders in managerial roles and empower them to make decisions without fear of backlash and get rid of some of the unnecessary red tape that prevent people from doing their jobs well

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    Above Average Midwest Utility Employer

    Front Line Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsManagement to Management employee relations are generally quite good. Most mid-level management employees are friendly, hardworking and dedicated to doing a good job.
    Wages are good, perhaps slightly above average. Benefits are good, and possibly even great if you consider that employees earn a pension AND a dollar for dollar match up to 6% for 401(k) contributions.

    ConsSome policies are unnecessarily arbitrary. As a management employee, it seems that the union employees are protected and the executives are protected (in both cases with contracts) but professionals and mid-management types are not. There is a perception that simple mistakes, or simply being the person who makes a decision can be enough to get you banished, transferred or fired. Overall, there is a deeply ingrained cultural reluctance to make decisions and go out on anything resembling a limb.

    There is definitely a bias to all things HQ. When KCP&L decided to move from 1201 Walnut to 1KC, an email went out to all employees describing the "exciting changes". Ok, if you were one of the 20% of the workers who got to make the move, maybe it was nice to get all sort of new amenities, pick out new furniture, vote on color schemes, etc. But for many of the employees not assigned to the HQ, it wasn't so exciting hearing that the people who already worked in the nicest offices were getting even nicer offices when many of the service centers have pothole filled parking lots that fill with 3 inches of water in a moderate rain fall or you work in an office that hasn't been remodeled (or received new furniture) since LBJ was in office.

    The company is far more proud of office and rank than other companies I've worked for. Each step up the ladder is visibly displayed through progressive larger and more elaborate offices. At the new HQ, the executives conveniently ended up on a floor that is served by a completely different elevator bank than every other employee. It creates the sense that the executives don't want to be forced to share a morning ride with with the masses.

    That said, the interactions I've had with with the senior executives have all been positive and they do seem to genuinely care about employee concerns.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive management and especially supervisory ranks the freedom to work without fear and reward risk taking and assertiveness. Recognize the employees who really go above. Follow through on all of the corporate speak and HR promises.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    It is a job with good pay and benefits...nothing more.

    Buyer (Former Employee)

    ProsThe pay and benefits are above average and KCP&L has the potential to be a good place to work. but

    ConsSenior management more concentrated on in-fighting than running the business. Clean house at the top and value the employees keeping the ship afloat.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Kansas City Power & Light Company? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Kansas City Power & Light Company reviews and ratings — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Kansas City Power & Light Company CEO Terry D Bassham. All 10 reviews posted anonymously by Kansas City Power & Light Company employees.