I have been working at UniSource Energy full-time
Unlike most utility companies, UNS has an increasingly younger workforce and progressive leadership. The company is not afraid of technology, even if there are hurdles to change old habits. It is a not a company that favors "sit and wait", leadership supports enthusiasm, interest and feedback. Sometimes this means selling leadership on new ideas, sometimes it means doing things yourself (with supervisor permission, that is). Company offices are fantastic, health and retirement benefits are great, office culture is surprisingly positive and cheerful and compensation is above average.
Like most utilities, work-life balance favors the "nuclear family" ie, employees with kids, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, if you've got family on opposite coasts or other countries, good luck. No ability to negotiate or purchase additional vacation time. 3 weeks for first 10 years is a bummer. Very few remote-work options. Many positions do not have flexible schedules (unless you've got kids). No sabbaticals or unpaid time off. This lack of time off is tough on many employees who have aging family members states away or ambitious young employees who want to travel. I wish HR would consider vacation purchase options or unpaid time-off. As a young, well paid professional, even having 5 weeks of vacation would make this a dream job.
Advice to Management
Enthusiasm, interest and willingness to learn is far more valuable than years of service. Years of service does not equal experience. Attract and retain more ambitious, enthusiastic and interested young people by offering more vacation time or time-off options.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at UniSource Energy in August 2011.
About a week after I submitted my resume online, I received a call asking me to come in for an interview. I was met at the front desk by a friendly woman from HR. She took me upstairs and left me in a meeting room while she went to find the hiring manager. He came in with another woman, whose job he had just filled, while the HR rep was out looking for him. All three asked me questions ranging from "What would you do if an investor asks you something you don't know the answer to offhand?" to "If you were an anaylst, what kind of analysis would you conduct?"
The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. All three members of the panel were kind and freely answered any questions I asked.
On the way out, the hiring manager told me that I was up against a few internal candidates and another one or two external candidates. Unfortunately, I did not even receive a form letter notifying me that I wasn't selected. After I inquired, about three weeks later, the HR rep sent me an email. She did not respond to my request for feedback on the interview.
Let us know if we're missing any workplace or industry recognition –