Southwest Gas Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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  1. Safety orientated

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

    I have been working at Southwest Gas full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is focused on safety of customers and employees. The company has been around for 75 years, and never had layoffs. Getting "SW Gas" on the resumé opens a lot of doors across the country.

    Cons

    Heavy retirement rate is taking a lot of experienced people, and their knowledge, out of the field. Work load is increasing, leading to constant run-in with deadlines. Health insurance is expensive for what you get.

    Advice to Management

    1. Review staffing levels. 2. Contract out non O&M work. 3. Find the employees that want to learn and get them working with experienced people, in order to keep that knowledge with the company. 4. Look at competitors' pay scale.


  2. Solid Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southwest Gas full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    job security, coworkers are friendly and caring, decent benefits

    Cons

    high deductible health plan, lack of consistency among divisions, no transfer of knowledge program available, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Its great that you promote from within, but there are risks when management makes the same mistakes over and over. There needs to be fresh blood in the upper ranks to ensure that the company can grow and produce new and better ideas.


  3. Operations

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

    I have been working at Southwest Gas full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, people are welcoming and encouraging. Everyone is there to help.

    Cons

    The systems are very outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Stable but stubborn

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

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

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

    Pros

    Southwest Gas is a stable company. They like it that way. The company has been in operation for over 86 years and prides itself on never having to lay anyone off. They offer 401K with Matching and a Pension. There are people there who have worked for the company their entire lives and been happy to do so.

    Cons

    As is common with other energy utility companies, they are not very progressive. Extremely slow and resistant to change. This can be very frustrating for people in the IT community such as myself as technology changes all the time. The company is very focused on the "team" and anyone pushing beyond the group can be precieved more as a threat to the norm than a doer and motivator. There is a very big "everything is awesome" mentality which causes a disconnect between the workers and management. - Insurance benefits get worse and worse every year. - Company keeps trying to do more with less. - Senior Management is very unapproachable

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more open and less resitive to change. There is a great disconnect between the operations people and management because management only listens to the management below them and doesn't take the initiative to understand issues directly from the people in the field


  6. Helpful (1)

    stay away

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

    I have been working at Southwest Gas (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    If full time, it is one of the last places that still has retirement

    Cons

    Good ole boy mentality, its who you know not what you do. Long term dead wood will take the credit for work you do

    Advice to Management

    Review who actually gets the work done rather than who takes credit for it


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Southwest Gas full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Really understand work-personal life balance. Pension plan, great benefits, and super friendly people to work with. Couldn't ask for a better working environment. Unless you do something really stupid, you'll probably never lose your job. Very secure employment.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, probably due to pension. Culture is a little slow - projects are started and move at their own speed. Employees are all over-tasked, making it difficult to get things accomplished. Deadlines slide, and everyone seems OK with it. Great at responding to customer needs though. Definitely great at prioritizing work that MUST be done.

    Advice to Management

    I'd love to see negative consequences for missing project deadlines, and more accountability for projects that fail.


  8. Great!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwest Gas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great company with terrific benefits.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any negative experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Great management.


  9. Intern

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

    I have been working at Southwest Gas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of food Good employees Rather laidback and flexible

    Cons

    Feels like continously turning the same wheel


  10. Good Pay, Low Stress, Strict Workplace Policies

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronic Mapping Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Electronic Mapping Specialist in Tucson, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, low stress, rarely work overtime, 401k, pension, friendly work place

    Cons

    health benefits aren't the best, strict work policies such as requesting time off, conservative management


  11. Helpful (1)

    Stable organization, good benefits.

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

    I have been working at Southwest Gas full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mandatory vacation, paid holidays, professional environment. Most of the people are very friendly and it is a pretty laid back atmosphere in the office.

    Cons

    Slow track advancement with fairly low ceiling. There are annual pay grade advancements, but the increases are small and the max is low.

    Advice to Management

    Reward production instead of time spent at desk.



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