Kansas City Power & Light Company

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Kansas City Power & Light Company Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Good Experience

    Former Employee - Red-Hat Linux Administrator in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Red-Hat Linux Administrator in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Kansas City Power & Light Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Manager, Flexible work timings, More learning scope

    Cons

    None i could come across for a short period that i was.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere. Departments work with each other and not against. Personal agendas seem minimal, and the customer is a priority. Top executives seem aligned well with lower levels of management.

    Cons

    No negatives here. Benefits are under pressure nationally, but the company tries to balance impact with employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not a good team environment

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer II in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Network Engineer II in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, very knowledgeable people and a there was a lot of new equipment in the lean that could be used to build networks and learn about.

    Cons

    There was a noticeable forever difference in treatment based on if you were a contractor vs full time even if you were doing the same job. There was a separation between union and non union and even between different unions.

    Advice to Management

    Talk more with the employees and not just in meetings and when changes occur. Be more inviting to new people and embrace them into the team instead of leeching them to figure out what is going on.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good Company Gone Bad!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Power & Light Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees take care of each other and help promote a family atmosphere, despite the bad culture generated by the incompetent executive team.

    Cons

    Benefits have been drastically reduced since the acquisition of Aquila.Incompetent Aquila exec's put in position of authority have ruined a good company that had a great culture. Executives do not manage financial aspects of the company well and blame the employees for their shortcomings. When surveys are taken, instead of the executive team taking accountability for issues directly related to them, they create committees made up of employees and make them attempt to fix the issues. Executives are not visible among the employees. Pension plans have been drastically reduced, health plan costs have skyrocketed and management bonuses are being slashed. Not a good place to work anymore!


  6. Not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get a paycheck for showing up.

    Cons

    People here are arrogant and set in their ways, which are in the dinosaur age. They know nothing about how to function as a team or follow procedures. They will argue all day about a trivial issue and spend weeks in meetings and never accomplish anything.


  7. Great

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    Current Employee - Construction Site Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Construction Site Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Power & Light Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    Away from home for long period's of time

    Advice to Management

    None to offer It was 5 years ago


  8. Helpful (2)

    Decent work hours, no one is paid too little but management (corp comm) can be slimey - cronyism, many fatties.

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    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Power & Light Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work - Life balance can be good and the company will be around for a while. Fair chance you'll be the most attractive person you'll look at all day. Could have a job for life if you wanted.

    Cons

    Development opportunities only for select few 'friends' of a couple execs. Everyone else is a bside. Compensation can suck unless you're on their list and it's otherwise impossible to get career momentum / challenges. They push their friends in the internal news for a period before - so you can always know who's getting promoted. Fair chance you'll be the most attractive person you'll look at all day. Insurance premiums are rising fast because of internal demographics - 50+, overweight, baby-boomer. Corp tickets to sporting events are only shared w/ closely held friends / execs. Execs are in an ivory tower. SLOW to change anything.

    Advice to Management

    You need fresh faces to change the blah culture - and the same crew of mid-level mgmt just going through the motions isn't going to get you there.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Aged Workforce, Relatively corrupt HR practices, Declining industry, No Dev Ops, Focus on Pub Image vs Pub Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The health benefits are ok, though they've been changing to getting progressively worse each year as mgmt feels health benefits are too pricey and local economy gives power to employers (time off is actually not good for new employees). Work-life balance. Because you can do little in many departments the pay isn't bad for each hour worked - in some sense people are making just as much per hour of actual labor as the executives (though that is also a problem since some execs are just as ineffective as their staffers). Great if you have time consuming hobbies. There are some good smart people around (despite the problems). It's hard to get fired. Monopoly; you're probably not working for a bankrupt entity anytime soon. Regulators keep rates in check. Majority of the workforce will be retiring in the next 15 years. Should lead to opportunity if you're willing to wait.

    Cons

    Professional growth is non-existent for most everyone, with the exception being those who are closely held by someone high up. Professional growth at KCPL means using their 'KCPL University', which is a childish series of Microsoft Outlook classes or lectures about mgmt books - not actual opportunity to see who can sink or swim on their own. Because there is no competition with other power providers (monopoly) there is no true 'discovery' of talent in a competitive landscape - and the needed order to discover talent is often reversed; 'I like / pick you so you'll be good at things' vs 'you are good at things so I pick you'. Not always but often. Operates like a high-school in many regards. A very small clique runs a large part of the politics of KCPL - and since there is no independent review of management you'll see them strongarm more capable people out of opportunities in favor of friends or those who they want to keep happy. You'll see the same 5 people get 90% of new opportunities. For ex: I saw someone go into a department as an Analyst in her mid 30's. She could not do pivot tables, was primarily confused, and had quickly burned through short stints at large accounting firms (BAD sign) before but because of a VP was told to lead projects. She left to get promoted for a another job (but had little to few qualifications) and then to another job. The foundation for the job switching and promotions are a special relationship w/ a VP, and despite the lack of intellect, curiosity, or leadership ability it's a quick way to make sure they get a raise and stay quiet. I have not seen promotion of obvious incompetence anywhere like this example. As a rough rule: if you are an idiot you can hide in plain site as long as everyone knows that the VP will hold an umbrella above your head. Lack of courage by many managers. Many are afraid to try anything that has not gotten consensus - and why? The punishment is too high w/ the execs who will hold your "failure" as a trophy for their dept and a business model that is guaranteed. Also, there is a strong likelihood your boss will not have the power or desire to do anything about credit stealing by others (happens a lot), and other typical office injustices. I have several funny (albeit petty) examples about a boss not wanting to spend more than $12 per head on the annual holiday lunch - that is the timidity and undignified level of fear driven into management. Prepare to never see a decision be made. Corruption seems higher than expected as well given it's a utility though I'm referring to the actions of a few departments. Besides corruption in hiring and mgmt practices there are attempts at misleading the public. Statistics and figures often used in dealings with the public are gamed or misleading - though some departments are quite honest in their work. The company publicly calls for environmentally friendly action but privately funds a PAC which donates nearly all of its funds to Republicans who will hopefully vote against environmental initiatives at their request. Another source of corruption exists in the dealing of corporate communication activities (though this is not unique): while it can be well known who actually drives business, they will typically apply credit to only the same individuals, and they do it in public forums like email news bulletins to justify the actions they will be taking later). It gets old when it becomes plainly transparent and thinly veiled by childish corp comm language that overuses punctuation. Mgmt infighting exists quite extensively at times. The leaders of some business units can sometimes be seen stealing other employees in an attempt to undermine them before a high workload period, found discrediting other departments in email chains, or stealing resources from other units in order to vault their perceived value. Again, gets old. There are definitely departments you do not want to be in - and they have a reputation as being the losers in these political turf-wars due to the power balance on the executive floor (the exec floor is in a whole separate elevator lobby, which is funny). Culture is not ideal. This is the prototypical Midwestern utility - paternal, fearful, slow, not competitive, conservative, lifer tenure, demotivated, disengaged. Because there is no opportunity for growth and most people are in their 50's they have little incentive to care beyond the day's task. People barely communicate, often cut out early (me included), do not share information, get scared when things change even in the slightest degree. Exec mgmt itself just wants to get through the work week. Getting people to care is nearly impossible and if you're looking at the company, you should acknowledge that the culture will change you and not the other way around. If you're young you should understand that you're likely going to be isolated and unhappy, though this may depend on how much like them you are, and be aware there are better games in town.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare golden parachutes: You are probably a turnaround story and there is much in EPS sitting in terms of excessive labor and mgmt that value should be relatively easily discovered. The Regulatory division and those leading efforts in rate case issues are the only ones worth saving in a sense as they make the firm money. The rest are fungible and would result in greater efficiency if rolled into a larger firm, IMO. Quit the corrupt promotion / hiring practices. It is the biggest driver of your demotivation and the reason why you are not considered a good place to work and have awful culture. You should conduct real processes to find talent and not hire a VP's partner in crime - even if it doesn't result in optimal talent usage (which your current method doesn't do anyway) it is recognized as fair and as attempted. Recognize the severe role of infighting plays in corporate culture and re-organize to reduce it. Time off is behind several competitors and seems out-dated. Industry in is in decline and you are a slow mover. Look at the actions of others (NRG, Excelon) compared to your strategic growth efforts. You move so slowly and the team you have selected to lead seems out-gunned. Look elsewhere / rethink this effort. Stick to what you know - you'll get beat in real competition. Culture won't adapt.


  10. Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kansas City Power & Light Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge oracle technology and great working team

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to say

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  11. Good place to work. Good pay and benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Power & Light Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Decision making is slow at times.

    Advice to Management

    Empower directors and managers in the business. Encourage sensible risk taking.



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