Omaha Public Power

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Omaha Public Power Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
16 Reviews
3.3
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Best company I ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Omaha Public Power

    Pros

    The benefits are great the people are very friendly the pay is amazing. The environment makes you want to work hard for the company

    Cons

    It's cold in Omaha very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. You have to pay for parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a great experience that taught me a great deal of the nuclear industry

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    As a co-op, I was allowed to interact with senior leadership everyday. I was also kept very busy allowed to go in the plant everyday. The staff is extremely friendly.

    Cons

    I would constantly work 60 hour weeks. They did not value work-life balance. Some of the work was also mundane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a value on work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Great experience I hope someday I can return.

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    Former Employee - Junior Engineering Aide in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Junior Engineering Aide in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Omaha Public Power full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The whole experience was just wonderful the people, the building is beautiful and I learned so much there.

    Cons

    No cons at all loved everyday of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 a 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Caution - check the benefits out before you accept employment

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    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
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    Design Engineering Co-Op at Fort Calhoun Nuclear

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    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 a 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

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