Southwest Gas

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Southwest Gas Reviews

Updated June 13, 2014
Updated June 13, 2014
23 Reviews

3.3
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Stable place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A really open & friendly environment. Never have to worry about getting laid off. It's a utility company. The people are nice and the pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    No big cons. It's a very comfortable environment. I suppose they could expand/create more job opportunities in some areas. The work load would be easier on everyone if there were more people working on certain projects in some departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More job openings in departments that have large projects and short deadlines please. Small, effective teams are good, but not TOO small.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Contractor Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mapper  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Mapper in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Being able to utilize your skills and contribute to the vast network of utilities infrastructure.

    Cons

    In my opinion:
    The work environment for a contractor position within the mapping department and other departments is very far from desirable or hospitable, this is not an EQUAL opportunity position you (contractor) are treated very differently from their employees to a point of discriminatory segregation. They have regular safety and training meetings (CONTRACTOR IS NOT INCLUDED) I always thought SAFETY was everybody’s responsibility?, sometimes they have meetings including catered in foods, the CONTRACTOR IS NOT INCLUDED until after they have already ate and after their meeting (1/2 to 1hr long) and sometimes outside, then and ONLY THEN the CONTRACTOR may have the COLD, STALE, FINGERED left over’s.
    This is how the SWG treats its Contractors whom are day in and day out processing the back log of work as the regular employees without benefits.
    NO THANK YOU, I would rather work in a ditch shoveling rocks in the hot sun than EVER work for that company again. I wouldn’t wish a contractor position with this company on my worst enemy.
    If there is some way an agency placing employees in this position could spot visit or protect their employees for hire from such predatory companies such as this would be a big step in the term of Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be fair, some of the training or employee meetings would not benefit the contractor in his/her position but please showing a little human compassion and promote camaraderie in the work place this would go a great distance in a happier more productive work place.
    You hire contractors to help you get out of your back log of work, the least you could do is treat us like a valuable asset/employee and not a necessary evil, we need jobs too, to support our families also.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great employer and best co-workers ever!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator/Consumer Affairs  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Administrator/Consumer Affairs in Tucson, AZ

    Pros

    Appreciate the emphasis on training and opportunities to improve skill set and personal growth.

    Cons

    Number of employees has decreased and everyone is doing more with less.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Biased towards military veterans

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Analyst in Las Vegas, NV

    Pros

    Great opportunity once you're in the company

    Cons

    Dealing with human resources and supervisors who have a negative attitude towards military veterans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please create a positive working environment for all and be a military-friendly organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Positive First Job Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Right of Way Administrator  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Right of Way Administrator in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Many employees have many years of experience and are interested in sharing knowledge with younger employees

    Cons

    Strict management style - dress code, lunch/break policies, start and end times

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Different departments have different ways of treating their employees. "Favorites" are prevalent in many areas.

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

    Pros

    Good salary and decent benefits; pension plan is excellent, especially if you are able to stay with the company over 15 years.

    Cons

    Unless you are one of the "chosen ones," it is very hard to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites and stop living in the past. Update your philosophies to today's management thinking style and give your newer employees a reason to want to stay and grow with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    They are a great company to for.

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are wonderful. Help u out, explain things when u call for help (as it should be).

    Cons

    Every once in awhile you get a bad supervisor or 2. Makes it hard to work your job. HR does listen to you. Did change 1 supervisor-- made working there wonderful, again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some supervisors make u feel stupid when u call for help (sad). Most were wonderful. Listen to your employees......which u did. Just listen better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent contract work, but difficult to get on permanently

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician  in  Central, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Central, AZ

    Pros

    Training in many of the essential functions of permanent employees while learning a great deal about pressure pipeline industries.

    Cons

    Southwest Gas prides itself in having never laid off a permanent employee, but this claim is skewed because about half of the staff are contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more forthcoming with hardworking contractors who are seeking to join permanently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A Great Company with Great Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor  in  Victorville, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Victorville, CA

    Pros

    The people that work at Southwest Gas are so nice and friendly. They make you feel like a member of the Southwest Gas family. The company highly values their employees and they treat you accordingly. Great 401K, retirement pension, benefits, life insurance, etc. you can make whatever career you want at Southwest Gas and people will help you get there.

    Cons

    If you want to move up fast within Southwest Gas, it will be extremely challenging. On average, management at Southwest Gas have worked for the organization for 15+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic expectations for the employees and their career paths. If it will take employees many years to advance their career, let them know so they have accurate expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Beast Darn Company is the Southwest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CIO  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - CIO in Las Vegas, NV

    Pros

    Respect for management and staff; consistent environment, fun place to work

    Cons

    Summer heat in Las Vegas can be in excess of 100 degrees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are very good; take bolder steps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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