Omaha Public Power
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www.oppd.com Omaha, NE 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated May 23, 2014

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W. Gary Gates

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    IT and Nuclear (Former Employee)
    Omaha, NE

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great People that care

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Caution - check the benefits out before you accept employment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFair 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.

    ConsChange 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 Senior ManagementGo back to making employees feel like an asset instead of a liability.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Design Engineering Co-Op at Fort Calhoun Nuclear

    Design Engineering Co-op (Current Employee)
    Fort Calhoun, NE

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

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Few Opportunities unless in the Nuclear Field

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsFor 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

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

    Tim Burke's Business Unit (Current Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    ProsJobs 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Monopoly

    IT Support (Current Employee)
    Omaha, NE

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

    ConsFar 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 Senior ManagementDecide 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    nice

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    Prosmoney money money money money

    Conspeople people people people people

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    Progressive Utility Company that needs to make strides in diversity initiatives

    IT Specialist (Current Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    ProsWell known and managed Utility company in Nebraska that has won several JD Power Awards for their service and affordable rates.

    ConsOld culture unwilling to change. Some parts of the company are not diverse. Has had a history of tolerating nepotism and minority exclusion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company needs to be more inclusive in its hiring practices, especially at the management level. They are trying to make changes, but this has been a slow process.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pay is the reason people stay

    Nuclear Security Officer (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat pay and good benifits.

    ConsDisconnect with management. It is a "cover your own butt" environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit.

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