Omaha Public Power Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good compnay for the long-term employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Omaha Public Power full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay, Pension and Benefits are top notch!

    Cons

    Very demanding culture. 24/7 operations require constant attention.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Interning at OPPD - Nebraska City Station

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Nebraska City, NE
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Nebraska City, NE

    I worked at Omaha Public Power as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible hours, decent pay for a Power Company. Fun and invitiing work environment.

    Cons

    It's extremely warm in the plant (given it's a power plant) .

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Life Consuming

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Blair, NE
    Current Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Blair, NE

    I have been working at Omaha Public Power full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is excellent as well as the benefits.

    Cons

    13hr work days plus working overtime with no guarantee of actual days off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management doesn't care what you have to say, you're just a number to them to get the job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked for Omaha Public Power District.

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    Former Employee - IT and Nuclear in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - IT and Nuclear in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Omaha Public Power full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with many really great people. Pay is adequate. Company is very service oriented and concerned with customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with employees and seemed unwilling to change. Evaluations are top down only, so management only gets half the information it needs to make thoughtful and efficient decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement evaluations of supervisors and managers by employees and develop a process to generate actions as a result of these evaluations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great People that care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Omaha Public Power (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are great to work with and care about doing good work. Great benefits. Positive work for the community.

    Cons

    Company needs to focus efforts to improve performance and improve service to customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Caution - check the benefits out before you accept employment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Omaha Public Power full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay (see cons), great people to work with. Salary employees receive up to supplemental pay or comp time for extra hours worked. Some salary employees are allowed to work flex hours. Company offers 4 floating holidays and 8 regular holidays per year. Tuition reimbursement for up to $2000/year is a plus. Management does try to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Change in pension plan for employees hired after 01/01/13. Accepting employment with OPPD means that you no longer pay into social security, you pay into the company pension program. HR is not good at communicating this information. Under the rules implemented 01/01/13 when you retire the only option given is to take a cash payout. This means that health care coverage is not available from OPPD after retirement. There is no electrical discount for employees. Also health insurance premiums are high. They currently offer two plans, 1) PPO extremely expensive (not an option for me due to cost, premium and deductible) and 2) High Deductible Plan (HDP). On the HDP, family coverage cost approximately $280/month deductible is approximately $5000/year depending on if in-network providers are used. When the deductible is met on the HDP, insurance will only pay 70% leaving you responsible for 30%. Company would like to only offer the HPD. Expect this change to occur with the next 5 years. Union negotiations determine the benefits for salary employees. Nepotism and hiring friends occurs frequently. Opportunities for promotions or movement within the company is very limited. Work life balance is a major issue, work weeks can be >70 hours/week (non-covered workers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to making employees feel like an asset instead of a liability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Design Engineering Co-Op at Fort Calhoun Nuclear

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineering Co-op in Fort Calhoun, NE
    Current Employee - Design Engineering Co-op in Fort Calhoun, NE

    I have been working at Omaha Public Power full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Offered good pay, as much overtime as I wanted, which was nice as a college student, and flexible time off.

    Cons

    In my time here, the plant has been experiencing very low morale; however, this is expected with all of the changes going on and the restart. Management pushes its engineers very hard with no regard to workload, accountability, or priority of work. If an engineer is required for a task, all other activities are simply ignored by management, and they have a "well, just get it done" attitude. for the Co-op position, however, this is not really an issue, and even for the full time workers, my prediction will be that it will improve once things settle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't push your engineers so hard, neglecting their other duties and lives outside of their careers. Offer some leadership and guidance for your workers rather than blinding assigning tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Few Opportunities unless in the Nuclear Field

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Omaha Public Power

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary and raises are good for those in union positions such as craft and administrative and for people early in their career.Throughout the organization, there are nice people trying to do the right thing, Due to the issues at the nuclear plant, there has been a lot of turnover and therefore a lot of new opportunities at the plant. For those seeking to expand their education, there is a good reimbursement program. This also a great place to work if you are in executive management as they have exceptional salaries, benefits package and higher raises. This is a good place for those focused on job security, going to work each day and a pension.

    Cons

    For those that are focused on a career, growth and future opportunities, this isn't a good fit. Nuclear is paying well with opportunities, but it is not uncommon to work 60 hour mandatory weeks. The rest of the company has much more of a work life balance. Aside from nuclear, there is little opportunity to move up In the rest of the organization.Pay and opportunities are not great for experienced technical professionals such as engineers, software or project managers and mid-management.There isn't any pay for performance even though it is suggested, The result is standard raises slightly less than the cost of living and the raises negotiated by the union. OPPD is still a very hierarchical company governed more by exception than consistent policy across the organizations.Employees may be treated differently depending on which area and level of the company they work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are good people trying to do the right thing. At times, there seems to be isolation of information that is not shared throughout the various levels of the organization. This leads to inconsistency, frustration and more rumors. Respect, acknowledge and groom the talent within the organization. Provide opportunities for experienced employees to progress in their careers. Provide more opportunities for one-on-one communication between the various levels of the organizations. As decisions are made always remember when you were in that position and treat others how you would like to be treated.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It pays well, it's stable, most of the people are wonderful and the retirement is good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tim Burke's Business Unit in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Tim Burke's Business Unit in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Omaha Public Power full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Jobs at OPPD are typically very stable. When the company needs to save money, they try to cut costs everywhere they can before they look at layoffs. In some areas, the pay is really good. In others, it doesn't compete very well. But the retirement is very good. Because of these reasons, most people are happy and pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    The company can't do "business as usual" any longer. The theme for the new strategic plan is actually "Business Unusual." So things aren't going to be so golden for the employees going forward. The retirement pension is going away, the employees no longer get a discount on their electric rate, etc.

    Even so, it's still a pretty good place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe management, in general, does a pretty good job. Like any company of this size, there will be decisions you don't agree with. But I believe every member of the senior management team has their heads and hearts in the right place.

    I do however believe management can positively improve employee engagement by empowering those below them to take action on important decisions. So often, I hear of employees who know what they need to do to solve a problem but are not empowered to do so. This goes for managers, supervisors and low-level workers alike.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Monopoly

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Support in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT Support in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Omaha Public Power full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits,Union,Some people are engaged,retirement plan,job security,centrally located,company would have a hard time relocating given the nature of the business.

    Cons

    Far too much nepotism, business expansion is not possible, Management spends every day all day in meetings, Management can't see the company from behind a closed door meeting or computer screen. Firing low performing employees is not a p0ssible due to union.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what other products we can use our assets and right of ways for. Find additional value items to be marketed. "Limit number of meetings and include employees in decision making." Engage our work force via contact. Make a decision on what kind of plant we are going to build next.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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