Nipsco Reviews

Updated May 19, 2015
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  1. Worked here 7 years as an engineer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nipsco full-time

    Pros

    1. Large company with upward mobility.
    2. Several different engineering types.

    Cons

    1. Low pay.
    2. Lack of respect for engineers.
    3. Horrible inter-company communication.
    4. Management changes every year.

    Advice to Management

    Pay engineers fairly or there will be a mass exodus.


  2. Waste of time working here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nipsco full-time

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

    Pros

    A few nice co-workers who would help with new employee questions. The work hours were good and I was able to set up the hours.

    Cons

    Never had any work to do and I was constantly begging for work. The drive to the generating plant was intolerable especially in the snow covered winter months. My boss was only concerned with advancing this career not giving me work.

    Advice to Management

    When someone asks for work, find them some meaningful work.


  3. Engineer III

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    Current Employee - Engineer III in Merrillville, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Merrillville, IN

    I have been working at Nipsco full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to go on cruise control until retirement.

    Cons

    Location has worst of Chicago winters, none of Chicago attractions, and in general is pretty run down, or is out in the boonies.


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  5. Just okay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nipsco

    Pros

    Decent job, decent benefits. 100% 401K match is excellent.

    Cons

    Could move into the 21st century with technology.


  6. one of the best places to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Station Mechanic/Certified Welder in Michigan City, IN
    Former Employee - Station Mechanic/Certified Welder in Michigan City, IN

    I worked at Nipsco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    many benefits, including health, dental and vision. plus 401k, profit sharing, paid training

    Cons

    union environment that has bad blood with company in general. so immediately you are confronted with hard line fundamentals between company and union. very clicky

    Advice to Management

    stop thinking that everyone is out to damage your reputation, be more approachable by your employees


  7. Safety Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Safety in LaPorte, IN
    Former Employee - Safety in LaPorte, IN

    I worked at Nipsco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Good pay. Great benefits. Company vehicle.

    Cons

    Field operations significantly understaffed. Always chasing your tail. Flavor of the month management style. Management changes regularly. Nepotism. Upper management is closed minded to making changes that were not recommended by their inner circle.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot expect excellent results when management changes 2 times per year. Management needs stability.


  8. Walking and reading meters for 8 hours a day gets easier after the first 2 months.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Meter Reader in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Meter Reader in Gary, IN

    I have been working at Nipsco

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

    Pros

    You get to earn a good paying job after you read meters for the first 5 years. 5 years is the usual wait time before you are able to catch earn enough time to bid on a company job.

    Cons

    That first 5 years of reading meters is just a time to collect a paycheck. Not a bad place to work, yet not a good place to work either.

    Advice to Management

    Go out and read meters and get a feel for what it's really like. Too many hazardous conditions and not enough pay!


  9. ZERO WORK LIFE/ BALANCE

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    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management

    I have been working at Nipsco full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    401K is good. Some good people met

    Cons

    Zero wok home life/ balance. When everyone tells you to find another job the first day, run. This place has zero respects for its employees. The expectation you will work yourself to death and say nothing. Systems are out of date and company culture described as toxic. Truly worst place to work ever.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people, empower them to be positive agents of change. Seek to provide some hope of life and work balance. Spend some money and hire some people. You will see the rewards in a happier work place and less turnover. When every employee cites one manager as a tyrant, investigate, not every employee can be wrong about one person.


  10. Nipsco is a great company that is committed to changing many of the company's past shortcomings.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merrillville, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merrillville, IN

    I worked at Nipsco full-time

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization really values talented, diverse individuals, and they are committed to inclusion and diversity initiatives rather than merely paying lip service to them. If you continue to deliver, you will be recognized for it.

    Cons

    Because it is a utility, there is a lot of entrenched thinking that can be difficult to overcome. While the environment can be fast-paced and exciting, those stones in the road can really slow down momentum. However, many of those problems solved themselves over time through attrition.


  11. Decent company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Merrillville, IN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Merrillville, IN

    I worked at Nipsco part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits, good atmosphere

    Cons

    Very set in there ways, rejects change



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