Tucson Electric Power Reviews

Updated July 4, 2014
Updated July 4, 2014
16 Reviews

2.9
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    OK place to work with great people

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    Current Employee - Chemical Technician  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Chemical Technician in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Tucson Electric Power full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    For the most part the people are great. There is a real feeling of teamwork and safety that makes it worthwhile.

    Cons

    Too much political stuff and posturing goes on. Feels like you need to be a "good old boy" to get anywhere. If your "classified" or a union member / non-management making the transition to "unclassified" or management can be very difficult. Plus there seems to be a divide between the non-management and the management teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk more to your people. Focus more on succession planning and promotions. You may loose a good employee because they do not feel valued.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    racist, racist, racist, racist, racist

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    Former Employee - Communications Technician  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Communications Technician in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Tucson Electric Power full-time

    Pros

    pay and benefits are above average

    Cons

    racist good ole boy atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do something about good ole boy network

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lack of leadership keeps the company from progressing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tucson Electric Power full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Downtown location, community spirit, strong employee volunteer program, fair pay, decent benefits.

    Cons

    This is a company fossilized in amber. The staff in executive and middle management positions are comfortable, complacent and uninterested in moving the company forward -- because they themselves are entirely unequipped to do so. As a public utility, it's a monopoly. There is no incentive in creating a positive customer experience. Success is defined by keeping the company in compliance with regulatory standards; many of the business processes are archaic and so far behind the times, that it's stupefying. If you're looking for a comfortable ride, it's okay, but if you're looking for a progressive, innovative workplace that will positively challenge you as an employee and stimulate creative solutions to improve the customer experience, look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company won't truly be prepared for the future if you're not willing to make hard decisions about top and middle-management staff that are allowed to languish (at best) but more typically blockade change and degrade employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good pay . . . if you're willing to accept bullying and misogynistic attitudes

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    Former Employee - Member of Finance  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Member of Finance in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Tucson Electric Power full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The pay is above market, and benefits are good. Many of the people are terrific -- honest, sharp, and warm.

    Cons

    Navigating a good 'ol boy culture is difficult, particularly for women who do not want to play the game of stepping on other people to get ahead. The clear divide between management and support employees fosters a lack of trust. Senior management invests more heavily in developing other members of management than in developing mid- and lower-tier employees. The board of directors and HR tolerate bullying and deceit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reach out to mid- and lower-level employees to strengthen the foundation of TEP. Strengthening the foundation of the company will improve employee morale and retention, and better position the company to navigate the planned acquisition by Fortis. Employees take huge risks when they express concerns to HR. Those employees are not safe, and they have been punished for taking those risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A lot of union politics

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    Current Employee - Communications Technician
    Current Employee - Communications Technician

    I have been working at Tucson Electric Power full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great salary opportunities after internship to Journeyman status

    Cons

    Good old boy network with southern racial atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to Human Relations training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    TEP Communications Department

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    Former Employee - Communications Tech  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Communications Tech in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Tucson Electric Power as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary is competitve and above average

    Cons

    History of being an extremely racist environment, and was confirmed during my employment repeatedly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interview any minority or also the Relay Department

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    RACIST & BIASED!!!

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    Former Employee - CAD Tech  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - CAD Tech in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Tucson Electric Power full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefit plan for all employees

    Cons

    Union only helps certain people. Surfing porn websites is forgivable, but using the Internet to try to better the company gets you terminated, especially if you're the only person of a particular race in your department. Innovative thinking is not tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate the actions of your lower-level and mid-level supervisors more carefully. Make them accountable for leaking confidential information to their relatives in HR and other departments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent place to work...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tucson Electric Power full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, especially for Tucson

    Cons

    Being a utility things move at a very slow pace. Not much room for career growth in IT unless you want to go into management or change careers, though they already are overly bloated in middle management. "Too many chiefs and not enough indians". No clear technical track or career path. Hard to believe a company this size does not have a CIO. They just move IT to a different VP every few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take IT seriously and hire a real CIO. IT will be a large part of most power companies' future. It will stream line processes, increase efficiencies, and greatly reduce labor and OPEX.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    tep is the wright company for me

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    Current Employee - Mechanical/WELDER  in  Springerville, AZ
    Current Employee - Mechanical/WELDER in Springerville, AZ

    I have been working at Tucson Electric Power full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    this company is fair to its employee with a very good benefit package and generous given back to the community

    Cons

    their is none to report

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give back the abilty to the employee to be more empowered

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Nepotism culture and core competencies are a joke

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Tucson Electric Power full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay is very good for Tucson

    Cons

    Advancement, interview processe is a joke, hr helps rig interview scores, if your not related to somone your stuck, and you can only advance if your an Ses employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interview employees to get the truth, investigate hr, and hire unclassfied employees with degrees, and touvh bases with non management employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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