Philadelphia Gas Works

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Updated Jun 21, 2014

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2.7 12 reviews

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    It was a good experience

    Procurement Coordinator (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsThe family atmosphere. You feel like your working with family everyday and your not watching the clock all day long.

    ConsThey are set in their ways as a very old company. Not quick to change.

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    Busy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany projects but oftentimes not much follow of management on the provided information. Many projects keep employees busy, the day flies by.

    ConsOld-school business. Tasks take forever, employees drag their feet. Oftentimes stated that they want to do things better but for the most part, nothing is done.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsGreat Work life balance. Optional compressed work week. Great benefits -- Free health benefits, a lot of holidays. Pension plan with 5-year vesting.

    Wonderful people.

    Overall, best place I have ever worked.

    ConsSlow career advancement. Potential sale looming. Union environment creates opposition to positive change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay, but not a great place to start a career as an engineer if you truly want to learn something

    Plant Engineer (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsGood benefits; Diversity; location; friendly co-workers

    Cons- less opportunity to learn because heavy work is outsourced to private company
    - Municipally owned company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place to Start

    Senior Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsAbility to move up quickly.
    Work is not incredibly difficult.
    No Overtime
    Tuition Reimbursement

    ConsSalary is below average.
    Very little career direction.
    Cannot work from home.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward good employees or they will leave.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Quasi government inefficiency privatize ASAP

    Employee (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsSlow pace, low stress, Used to have plentiful parking (key words- used to)

    ConsLow pay, very inefficient, overstaffed, essentially a workfare organization. there are some very bright people here but they are greatly outnumbered by the not so bright people. and there a lot of people here, way too many to the point that it diminishes productivity. No formal telecommuting program, no wifi, but who needs it when average employees don't receive mobile tech (laptops, tablets, smartphones). Parking is hard to come by and if you don't get a spot, you very much risk getting your car broken into. Location is terrible. Facilities are abysmal- dirty, cold/hot, roaches, etc. Much could be forgiven if there was no residency requirement, but alas, there is. Another wing of the 'Philadelphia machine' - stay away.

    Advice to Senior Managementsell this place asap

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to be if you don't like to work

    Information Technology (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsGreat Benefits
    Very difficult to get fired

    ConsVery low salary
    you have to know someone to get ahead
    IT are second class employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of IT or you will be forced to outsource who ever is left

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Waste of time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    Pros- Good for inexperienced graduates
    -Good Benefits

    Cons-Management hasn't had a raise in 5 yrs
    -Salary is low
    -Nepotism runs ramped.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake your head out of the clouds.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Drop the residency restriction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsPlenty of experienced (in the industry) people to learn from.
    Offer and pay for almost any type of training if related to you employment.

    ConsResidency (must live in the city of Philadelphia)
    Low salary compared to others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop restricting the quality of potential employess by requiring that they live inside the city.

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    Weird place. It will eat up your life.

    IT Person (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    Pros- The Company is great for young graduates.
    - Excellent continuing education program.
    - Pension, after 5 years you get vested.
    - Allows you to make mistakes and learn on the job.
    - Allows numerous moves within the company to unrelated positions.
    - Great heating and air conditioning.
    - People are generally happy. A lot of laughter.

    Cons- On surface very friendly, go deeper and its all who you know. People are related: husbands/ wives/ children, girlfriends & boyfriends or they have known each other for 30 years. Be careful who you talk with.
    - Management is weak and bends backwards to the whims of City of Philadelphia.
    - Serious union issues. No pay raises for management employees for 2 years and union got them.
    - Unequal distribution of work, responsibility and pay.
    - Promotions and Salaries based upon seniority.
    - Intense Micromanagement
    - Clock in / out. No trust.
    - Very much a "male" company.
    - Buildings are falling apart. Grime. Toilets flood. Infestation.
    - Very low salaries. (IT is 30% lower than norm.)

    Advice to Senior Management- Too many VPs and Directors.
    - Manage the business. Do not let someone else dictate you.
    - Face the reality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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