TVA Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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TVA President & CEO William (Bill) D. Johnson
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Pros
  • For HQ employees work life balance is great since they have no expectations or accountability (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits, competitive salary for the area (not the industry (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, too much overtime health benefits cost an arm and a leg (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management pushed many experience and knowledgeable people out the door to save money (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Interned for the company. I learned a lot, but could do without all the inefficiencies.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TVA

    Pros

    If you want off, no problem. Pay is decent, nice bonus for managers. Holidays are abundant. If you work in a good group, there are many more benefits.

    Cons

    The inefficiencies that only seem to be present in government work. So much red tape, its ridiculous. In the private world, TVA would be half the size and do more work, but so many employees are there to punch a clock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire people that aren't doing their job. The morale is very low when you have 20% of the group doing 80% of the work and retention should tell you that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at TVA as an intern

    Pros

    All in all this is a great company. The culture generally one in which you are trying to benefit the people of the Tennessee Valley and do what is best. This set of values does permeate down from the top of the company and is probably my favorite thing about the company. As an intern, the positions here are great because of the flexibility they offer and the compensation is pretty good depending on your major - the breakdown here is based on your major in school (engineering and computer science, science majors, business majors) and you class standing(junior, senior, grad student) with the pay scale adjusting accordingly. The other great benefit of interning here is they do offer personal development as an intern if you want it and ask your manager.

    Cons

    It is a large government organization so it is slow. This is true for the hiring process and most administrative things.

    I guess my biggest con as an intern is that it is very difficult to get hired by the company. This may be because they are still cutting jobs to stay within their budget, but it also seems like people much further along in their career that aren't as productive in the company are still there hanging around.

    Also, through interning here I have come to see that TVA is more of what I see as a management company that operates most of its external implementation of programs and engineering design work through other companies and does not do a great deal of this itself. While this is probably more cost effective, this makes it difficult to join into the company with the necessary experience.

    Lastly, for new hires the starting pay scale is below the industry standards for many disciplines. This is why it is difficult for TVA to attract fresh young talent from the beginning of their careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep you attitudes and management practices, but consider shaking up the structure and diversity within the departments such that there will not be large inflows and outflows of talent as different age groups retire.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    TVA, Finance

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    Former Employee - Finance in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Finance in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at TVA

    Pros

    It was a good opportunity for me to round out my skill set in my field.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move upward. Salaries were frozen for 3 years. Very much a federal 'agency', hide-bound and rigid.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Treated like I was a Marine in boot camp!

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    Former Employee - Control Room Operator
    Former Employee - Control Room Operator

    I worked at TVA

    Pros

    Pay , vacations , holidays and benefits!

    Cons

    Promotions are based on two principals Diversity or who sucked up the most!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people like you'd like to be treated!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TVA

    Pros

    The best people who work in the utility and power industry

    Cons

    The same challenges faced in any other large organization of > 10000 employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better communication and look at long term corporate sustainability

  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Experience of working at TVA.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TVA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary and bonus compensation is very competitive and perhaps beyond competitive. Bonuses perhaps was more than expected.

    Cons

    Company needs improvement in practice of lean concepts. Almost operated as a mom and pop outfit. Management operates as if it is entitled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management operates as if it is entitled. Almost operated as a mom and pop outfit.

  8. Limited

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TVA

    Pros

    Great opportunities for interns because the pay is awesome.

    Cons

    Sucky opportunities for old folks and graduating interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not so much oversight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Internship

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at TVA as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible with my school schedule and well paid.

    Cons

    Long commute from Murfressboro to Nashville.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. The best company ever....worked there for 37 years. Treat employees awesome!

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at TVA full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benemies plus annual bonuses.

    Cons

    I had to travel to my job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to treat employees with respect

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TVA

    Pros

    Steady place to work and good benefits

    Cons

    Not many openings for advancement

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