PPL Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. No Diversity in the Workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Cooperative Associate in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Cooperative Associate in Allentown, PA

    I worked at PPL full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    If you're white, a hillbilly, and deer or turkey hunt, this is the #1 employer to put in your adult working years as a PA native with nothing more than a high school or vocational education.

    Cons

    If you are a minority, have an IQ above room temperature, or generally seek a company on the north slope of the growth curve, look elsewhere.

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    Co-op associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Co-Op in Allentown, PA
    Former Intern - Co-Op in Allentown, PA

    I worked at PPL as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company, high payand paid holidays.

    Cons

    Most of management is unprofessional, condescending, and have stuffy attitudes. Many of the employees have worked there 10+ years and are close minded/set in their archaic way. They are suposedly military friendly, but only hires veterans to work in the power plant/blue collar type positions.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the condescending attitudes toward union employees and co-op associates.

  3. Company Adverse To Disabled Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Projects Leader in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Special Projects Leader in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at PPL full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent wages and benefits for both management and union employees. Management environment encourages intellectual creativity and advancement. Career advancement opportunities available for individuals who demonstrate a willingness and ability to assume more responsibility.

    Cons

    Disabled adverse environment! Micromanagement style is prevalent within many departments. Culture which promotes job security through fear tactics. Employee annual review process in negatively based. Promotes work life over family life.

    Advice to Management

    When an employee becomes disabled (i.e. paraplegic) they should be given the opportunity to show they can still perform their job and not be automatically placed on long term disability for the rest of their potential career. This is especially applicable to nonphysically demanding management positions. Allow employees who become disabled the opportunity to return to employment. Dont throw them away!

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  5. over view

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

    I have been working at PPL

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

    Pros

    Great People, good atmosphere, good hours.

    Cons

    salary is the lowest in the industry, there are no promotions or pay raises, company show no interests in developing employees and people get promoted base on who they know and not base on how good they are.
    401k is worthless, preforming well under market returns.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and show them that you care. make an effort to promote base on knowledge and loyalty and not base on your politics and who you get along with.

  6. Things have gone downhill

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at PPL full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay. Work-life balance is okay.

    Cons

    Culture. Leadership. Commitment to employees.

    Advice to Management

    The people matter and that should be reflected in your treatment of them. There is more to this business than the Board of Directors. A great place in ruins.

  7. Would be a nice company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Foreman in Frackville, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Foreman in Frackville, PA

    I have been working at PPL full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    very good pay, and benefits .....

    Cons

    terrible work environment , good old boy system big time ..... a cut throat company

    Advice to Management

    keep your resume warm

  8. Typical Corporate America

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at PPL

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

    Pros

    Benefits (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k, etc). Training and development depending on the department. Friendly coworkers in direct department.

    Cons

    Salary depending on the department can be on the lower end. Good old boys club attitude. Typically family or friends are hired when they are not the best qualified. Due to recent corporate transition there is much uncertainty and employee movement.

    Advice to Management

    Actually use employee satisfaction survey results. Hire the best qualified candidates. Evaluate promotions especially at management level. Improve overall diversity especially in senior leadership. Actually live by the corporate values.

  9. Weigh the good with the bad

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

    I have been working at PPL full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good. Training is great. Great co-workers as well.

    Cons

    Typical corporate issues Management has a lot of turnover and not a lot of hands-on knowledge. Decisions are made based on personal interest, which is not always a good thing. Many people seem to be scared of being fired for speaking their mind.

  10. Good pay & benefits but older culture of top down management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA

    I worked at PPL full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Their pay & benefits are still good including their time-off policies. Large number of employees reaching retirement age so advancement opportunities should be on the rise.

    Cons

    Management talks about valuing employees input but most don't walk the talk. Lots of changes going on and you never know when your job may be eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to employees on the front lines of areas you're making decisions about. It will improve the success of your decisions.

  11. Good working environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPL

    Pros

    Good pay, good networking events.

    Cons

    Not as much work as I would like.

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