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Austin Energy Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Mar 16, 2019

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3.3
59%
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67%
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Austin Energy General Manager Larry Weis (no image)
Larry Weis
28 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance is manageable while still making an impact(in 11 reviews)

  • "(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Pigeon Project Management Methodology by upper management(in 6 reviews)

  • "Pension plan b is much worse than plan a(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Job if you like public sector"

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    Current Employee - Relay Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Austin Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Once you make the 6 month cut off you are in for life. Fairly progressive for a utility company.

    Cons

    Moving up or getting a raise is almost impossible. Middle management is a choke point for people in the field and upper management.

    Austin Energy2018-02-19
  2. "Certainly some dysfunction, especially in senior management"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Austin Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Generally good hours, location, benefits

    Cons

    Pigeon Project Management Methodology by upper management...fly in, p**p on everything done to date, fly back out.

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    Austin Energy2019-03-16
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don't let the benefits fool you...you won't go anywhere here most likely"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Austin Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work life balance Benefits (though these are definitely not great-insurance will cover for gender reassignment but won't cover treatment for some run-of-the-mill issues...very upsetting)

    Cons

    Where to begin... -Lack of opportunities to grow professionally (they have a good pension plan but who can stay to benefit from this in the same job and not be promoted or challenged which lots of folks have already said on GlassDoor...so many jobs go to outside hires who don't seem to get the culture and the responsibility of being a public servant) -Overall the management team from bottom to top is very weak and offer little vision, support or guidance for staff. Some managers actually get in the way of you getting your job done...they don't communicate well with staff, they don't protect their people from other department managers trying to dictate their work loads and flows, they support ridiculously long, drawn out approval processes that are totally unnecessary) -Lot of unethical behavior - shady hiring practices, human resources doesn't take ethical complaints seriously, overt favoritism of certain employees ( Austin Energy being a government entity using ratepayer money, managers should treat all direct reports as fairly and equally as possible), kingdom building by upper management that gets the manager a higher paid position thought that person usually doesn't want to do the work and more and more responsibility to the employees -Employees are asked to be whistle blowers and report unethical behavior but when you do they just brush you off and don't look in to the things managers are doing that waste ratepayer money and lower employee morale. S

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    Austin Energy2017-09-27
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting experience with the pros and cons of working for a municipal utility."

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Austin Energy for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting group of people. Some were very talented, energetic and inspiring. The benefits overall were good, plus you were technically an employee of the city. There is job security plus programs set in place for employee health and wellness.

    Cons

    The cons sadly are that this company maintains the employment of some really lazy employees. Those who are unable to perform up to par are not fired. This makes the job more difficult and frustrating for those who come to work and actually DO work. Those middle/upper management, who were incompetent or unable to "play well with others" are transferred out to monitor the process of other work groups, rather than being let go. To justify their incompetent presence, these "employees" would then cause "speed bumps" for the new work groups to resolve. What a vicious cycle! Inefficiency at its best. As with any workplace politics is big. I also found that some employees had a feeling of entitlement and forget that it is part of their role to serve the people of the city.

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    Austin Energy2014-08-06
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Sadness and despair in everyone."

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Austin Energy for more than a year

    Pros

    Austin Energy will put food on your table.

    Cons

    I have never seen such a miserable and unhappy workforce. This could be because of the managment issues that others have posted already. I understand that issues with upper management can really hurt employee moral, and cause unhappiness. Even then, I still do not understand why everyone seemed to suffer so much, almost as if they were in physical pain. I did not find a single person that truly liked or trusted anyone else.

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    Austin Energy2014-05-16
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting, but frustrating"

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    Client Relationship Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Austin Energy

    Pros

    Benefits and pay were quite good. Upper management was open to hearing ideas for improvement. Level of responsibility given was far higher than what was expected at this level of employment (supervisory).

    Cons

    General incompetence of middle and upper management. Corruption in hiring in management positions. Wasteful, unproductive employees made everyone look bad.

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    Austin Energy2011-12-07

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