WaterOne Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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  1. Great Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streamwood, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streamwood, IL

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

    Pros

    Employees and management are very nice!

    Cons

    Projects are very slow to complete


  2. I enjoyed the time I spent working at WaterOne and learned about an industry I was unfamiliar with

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at WaterOne full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great working conditions at the Headquarters Office, flexible time off and opportunities for training, education and growth.

    Cons

    There is a cultural mix between white collar employees and blue collar employees that can cause friction.

    Advice to Management

    Continue programs to reward employees for excellent work.


  3. Solid utility, low risk of job loss, but very very slow growth, hard to move up or even laterally

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at WaterOne full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Conservative leadership means no layoffs and even firings only happen after lengthy attempts to reconcile. Generally it is a low stress employer with regular hours and the staff tend to be friendly and content in their positions. Benefits are within the median range, as is pay. The offices are very nice.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to move laterally and almost impossible to move upward. Different departments prefer to hire outside rather than take a chance on someone who isn't directly in their silo. Promotions usually only happen when people retire because the utility is very slow growth with few new positions. MANY employees retire after 30+ years of service...which is both great, and difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Look for more opportunities to cross train staff prior to job openings so you can move very qualified employees within the company. Otherwise, you will continue to lose tacit data and tens of thousands in training as ambitious and motivated staff must go elsewhere if they want to improve their salary, title, or responsibilities.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Tools are provided to do your job efficiency and the people are super nice.

    Cons

    No room for advancement and upper management puts a lot of pressure on certain individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Do not let one director negatively change the entire company. Being pushy and sharp with poeple does not make a good atmosphere to work in.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Stable utility focused on production of water.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    stable, good benefits- health,retirement etc., is a significant company in the county, area leader in quality water production and distribution, the company is always trying to plan ahead for the needs of the region and has redundancy built into ensure delivery of water.

    Cons

    With high stability comes slower innovation and update of technology. There is not a high turnover so advancement is not rapid.


  7. Helpful (2)

    A great place to make a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Analyst in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at WaterOne full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    WaterOne is a great shop, filled with great people. Current leadership has a clear direction, clear message and the ability to stay on target, regardless of distraction.

    Cons

    Some pockets on "we have always done it this way" exist. Uneven skill set across the organization slows the pace of change to what the most resistant [within reason] can absorb.

    Advice to Management

    The future is coming, the automation of some systems now will position to better meet the needs of the community tomorrow.


  8. Good people. Bad Management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at WaterOne

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady work place for people.

    Cons

    Company is looking for ways to be similar to other companies but they fall short. The atmosphere is very tense. Upper management has started to consider long term employees a detriment to the company, a liability to the bottom line. They are trying to reduce pension benefits, etc.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Decent company, good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at WaterOne

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good people, relaxed environment, flexible

    Cons

    No room for growth or advancement

    Advice to Management

    reward performance



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