National Rural Utilities Cooperative

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National Rural Utilities Cooperative Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. CFC Offers Great Opportunities Across the Board!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Communications in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at National Rural Utilities Cooperative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management at CFC gives new employees the opportunity to jump right into projects outside of their respected groups. The headquarters is amazing and the staff represent the definition of hospitality. The member-focused nature of working at a cooperative really adds a unique personal attachment and care for the work taking place. Employees with little experience in the electric industry or with cooperatives are given all of the tools needed to be successful at CFC!

    Cons

    Located north of the Dulles Airport, CFC offers great scenery around the workplace, but the commute can be a little long at time if living south or east of the headquarters (typical for DC metro).


  2. Helpful (1)

    Don't Come to work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate IT in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Corporate IT in Dulles, VA

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Workspace new and well kept. The members are really great to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of ex-Freddie/Fanny Folks have brought in the 'Government' view into workplace requiring processes and systems that serve no purpose. Definitely a "good old boys" network in IT with new management without regard for employees who have been doing a good job, but don't have the past employment history with management. Too many contractors who have the run of the house including the ability to work from home when employees are not allowed to do this. The bonus structure is nice that everyone gets it, but it is unfair. If you are a rock star you will get the same % as a low performer.

    Advice to Management

    Change the bonus structure to align with individual performance. Explain why contractors can work from home and employees can't. Control IT - they are running your company now, yes the systems need to be improved but too many contractors who are Not being managed by BTS. The management staff have no consideration on the amount of money these contractors are costing the membership.


  3. Worst Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Small company that its easy to get to know a lot of people from different departments.

    Cons

    Employees are not valued for their contribution to the company, especially in IT where morale has dropped. Top talents are paid too low or not treated fairly so they leave the company. The culture in the company is changing from a family-oriented place to an every-man-for-himself mentality. Human Resources only sides with the managers, regardless if there are reports of unfair labor practice or unequal treatment at work. The company tries to mask itself around a new building and skewed rating, instead of addressing the real issues. This is not a place to build a long-time career growth.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Bad Place to Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - New building surrounded by nature, with a small gym - Defined pension - Nice employees

    Cons

    - Lack of concern for employees. Do not expect HR to keep information confidential or have an objective view on a situation. They will always side with management. - Lack of career growth. There is little to no room for advancement. Management tried to apply a new position and compensation structure in one department that only achieved to demoralize the entire staff, a strategy to probably push all of them to leave. - Poor compensation structure. Salaries are below industry standards. Also, do not expect to be paid according to your skill set, regardless of gaining additional skills and certifications while working in the organization. - Lack of sincere employee recognition . Do not expect to be recognized for your hard work. Instead, get skilled at hobnobbing regardless if you put out bad results. - Few incompetent managers. In this company, a manager is not required to have experience or knowledge in his function. - Telecommuting is not allowed. If an employee should decide not to come to work due to extremely bad weather condition (where most establishments have closed), he is forced to use his vacation leave. However, certain contractors can get away with working from home.

    Advice to Management

    Take action.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great work like balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at National Rural Utilities Cooperative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, smart people and warm, friendly environment, state of the art HQ building (built 2013), pension, two annual bonuses

    Cons

    Corporate silos, management does not always communicate well with employees (though there is an effort from the top to change this)

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay to attract and retain younger, talented work-force


  7. Helpful (1)

    Relic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Rural Utilities Cooperative

    Pros

    Stable industry but tenuous customer base due to strong competition, benefits are ok, good overall work life balance, friendly environment, new building, senior management knows the industry.

    Cons

    Little advancement; compensation targeted at 50th percentile of market, bonuses and incentives are discretionary and depend on company performance rather than individual contribution; entrenched, micro managing senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Above


  8. Helpful (1)

    Very friendly and laid back work environment with good work life balance.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Good Bonus, pension, and people

    Cons

    -Very low salaries and lack of motivated staff

    Advice to Management

    Management to begin to pay market based salaries.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great people and work environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The best part about working at CFC is the people. From the employees to the people you meet in the utility cooperative industry, the people I met while working at CFC were both kind and hard working. -CFC has a beautiful building. Everything is maintained well and constantly cleaned. I looked forward to going to work in such a great environment. As you wind through the gate, you feel as though you are driving into an exclusive country club. -Incredible pension plan -Great annual bonus system that has all employees invested in the success of the company -Low-stress work environment

    Cons

    -Most of the employees have been at the company a very long time. Typically, I would say this is a positive. This is largely due to the great work environment, large number of vacation days, pension plan, and long-term incentive plan. Once a person has been at the company for five years, there are so many benefits it is hard to walk away from. The reason I list this as a negative is that new employees only get 10 vacation days annually and cannot participate in the long-term incentive plan or pension plan. The 401k match is not very high either. -No work from home policy. I had to drive to and from work in some of the nastiest weather DC has ever seen this past winter. This is not a problem for long-tenured employees because they have plenty of days off. I on the other hand, was accruing 10 throughout the year.

    Advice to Management

    This is a great company and management is doing a tremendous job in a challenging industry. My only advice would be to attempt to attract and keep young talent by increasing vacation days for new employees phasing them into the long-term incentive plan earlier. As I said, management is strong at this company and I fully anticipate they will continue to make strong improvements.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Management needs to focus on Corporate Improvements which will also benefit the Members

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Corporate in Dulles, VA

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Beautiful work environment and on site gym.

    Cons

    Long term employees who do not have vision for change or want to make changes, or do not have the skills to move the company forward. Many outdated systems and processes lead to inefficient work products and mistakes. Work-life balance goal is not evident in all groups.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and be flexible. Look for a way to trust your employees and allow scheduled work from home days. Most companies now allow this. The Federal Government does this, and it will help attract a higher skilled set of employees. Allow jeans on Friday's unless visitors or Board members are on site. Allow 401K matching at a higher % and sooner, you are not market competitive. Long Term incentive sooner than 3 years or eliminate and put the funds toward 401K matching. Revisit each team and ensure staffing is adequate. Invest in technology and either train staff of hire new staff to drive change.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Former Employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Dulles, VA

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Diligent, hardworking colleagues, benefits. New work environment

    Cons

    Management tends to be removed from non-management staff, very much a pecking order. Typically does not rehire former employees in good standing with the company. Once you leave you are out. Rather snobby on their part makes you not want to return

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, that's why the talent leaves because there is no job growth



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