Tacoma Public Utilities

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Tacoma Public Utilities Reviews

Updated March 31, 2014
Updated March 31, 2014
4 Reviews
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    Good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at Tacoma Public Utilities full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Able to get involved in various areas; trainings available; good people; good work/life balance

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are political or based on seniority, not always skill set

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great people, interesting projects

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tacoma Public Utilities

    Pros

    Very up and coming in terms of utilities companies

    Cons

    The SAP system is frustrating

    Recommends
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  3.  

    If you want job security, you cannot beat Tacoma Public Utilities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at Tacoma Public Utilities

    Pros

    Pay is 70% of median with annual step increases, benefits are comprehensive and offer very little out of pocket expenses. The people are service oriented and care about getting a job done, rather than simply about being a bureaucracy. There is an emphasis on continuous process improvement.

    Cons

    TPU isn't on the cutting edge. Also, since it is a public utility, there are few direct monetary incentives to excelling at a position if there isn't a position directly above your current classification that is open. Also, the age range of the current workforce makes it difficult to introduce and adopt new useful technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid about investing in new technology to provide new services to customers - like fiber to the home. Be more innovative with program offerings for energy conservation. Invest in community solar programs to improve and retain a green image for the company. Work extra hard to get customers in the lobby to have their bill auto-payed through a bank account online.

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    Great opportunity for willingness to work!

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    Current Employee - Wastewater Treatment Operator  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Wastewater Treatment Operator in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at Tacoma Public Utilities

    Pros

    Fair compensatiopn for work performed, Respect for experience and the willingness of peers to share process knowledge to make every ones job safer and more efficient.

    Cons

    Seems as if the management does not rely on the experience of the people "in the trenches" for ways to optimizer the process. Rather try to implement models from past training or experience, when ewach process is specific, and unique to this wastewater treatment plant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely on, and glean information from the people who are actually doing the work. Hire more management from the Rank and file

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