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TVA Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
101 Reviews
3.0
101 Reviews
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TVA President & CEO William (Bill) D. Johnson
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Soddy-Daisy, TN
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Soddy-Daisy, TN

    I have been working at TVA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a Great place to work.

    Cons

    Nit's a job. but you have to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Intern Perspective

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Athens, AL
    Former Employee - Intern in Athens, AL

    I worked at TVA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    None.... Its government... so if you like doing nothing and getting paid.

    Cons

    Almost made me change my major from engineering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are actually interns who can perform work...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Career Suicide for the Professional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at TVA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Laid-back work environment.
    Decent quality of training when available.
    Can be well-compensated for little effort (except for Operations personnel and linepersons who perform heroically). Current bonus arrangement is a slam-dunk - if not for direct deposit, I would literally have laughed my way to the bank.

    Cons

    Suffers from IBM disease; very proud of history, decades behind in some areas, and resistant to improvements (change) that would help performance. Because it is so far behind and resistant to anything new, it is nearly impossible for a professional to exercise the skills for which TVA pays so well, or keep current, in any field of expertise but energy.
    Middle management was incompetent yes-people, with no strategy for planning goals, execution, or personnel development except to recite talking points.
    No accountability - middle management prefers to set goals which are ambiguous, subjective, lacking challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Executive ranks have improved, but VP level down to managerial levels are still stuck in old ways and aren't really supporting the new direction; clean some more house.
    Restructure Winning Performance. Bonus structure was not necessarily more than I had gotten in private sector, but no portion of it was clearly tied to my performance, and thus it rewards not performance but retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TVA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Overall positive experience. The corporate culture carries on from what the authority was created from. As an intern, the compensation was great.

    Cons

    Many employees have been in question of what the higher management is doing with the necessity of balancing the break-even quota of the finances. Much reorganization has came from this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disturbing

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

    I worked at TVA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    TVA offers a competitive salary for the Chattanooga Valley area.

    Cons

    Very political and racist company. The majority of Employees are given opportunities based on who they know or who they have "relationships" with at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start managing for the 21st century and really incorporate values, respect, and integrity.
    Also, utilize updated technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started off good, has gone down hill.

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

    I have been working at TVA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is not too bad.

    Cons

    The company is management heavy. New ideas are not welcome by management. The company likes to promote micro managers with little to no experience in the area they are managing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to consider new and/or different ways of solving problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Constant change and re-direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Manager in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at TVA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Job security and advancement opportunity.

    Cons

    The recent re-organization resulted in doing more with less and spreading employees thin across multiple projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When an executive decision is made, stay the course. The waste that stems from changing course after substantial investment of resources and personnel is demoralizing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    An interesting, yet repetitive internship experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager

    I worked at TVA as an intern

    Pros

    Good pay, helpful coworkers, nuclear is interesting work, was able to work as much overtime as wanted, offered a full time job after graduation

    Cons

    work was repetitive, not much experience in the field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to give interns more variety in the tasks they perform for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Support

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - IT Support in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at TVA (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay with flexible work schedule when started. Wonderful coworkers and people throughout the company. Coffee and food cafes at many locations. Lots of knowledge to learn from coworkers.

    Cons

    New IT management and leadership. cut down the flexible schedules. Upper management pushed many experience and knowledgeable people out the door to save money. Brought in the Old leadership style of control and manage by fear and scare tactics. They have lost personal connection with employees and contractors. Cold environment to work for now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to connect with people. You can learn a lot from experienced people working the jobs. Bully management is a sign of the past. Educate upper management with new techniques. Interview people to understand how the new management has crushed morale so things can be improved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not a good place to start your career.

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

    I have been working at TVA full-time

    Pros

    TVA compensates very well. They have great benefits and a very good salary and give raises every year. They, for the most part, understand work-life balance.

    Cons

    Re-organizations. This company has been going downhill for the past 2 years with multiple re-organizations, lay-offs, and yet adding management roles. They promote based on seniority not based on talent or experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually interview people for management positions instead of just promoting the next person on the list.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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