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  1. "customer service rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Wallkill, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Wallkill, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Central Hudson Gas and Electric (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very understanding team and great co-workers.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A Good Place to Work"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Developer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Contractor - Senior Developer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Central Hudson Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Peaceful Environment. Good amount of work. Good parking facility. Good mix of technology and culture

    Cons

    Higher management into favoring whom they like and displeased with whom they do not like. Power struggle at higher level.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to be detached with every day minute details and focus more on growth rather than playing favorism and internal politics. Higher management too busy to hear voice of employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Central Hudson Gas and Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy hours - 8:00-5:00. Easy career track to follow, if you have a clue. Pay, I started out at $60K without any experience. Was making almost $90K after 3 years. Had done 1 internship with the company. Generally nice people.

    Cons

    Mundane. Zero actual engineering takes place. Capable and less capable people have the same career opportunities. Poor communication between departments and even with supervisors. Could spend months without interacting with my supervisor. Oppressive culture of negativity.

    Advice to Management

    Have more passion for the work that you do. Not everything should be based on numbers, logic should play a large role in decision making. Zero job perks, although that is dictated by the state, as it is a regulated monopoly.


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  5. "It was great, they gave many side benefits such as trips to NYC and six flags"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Distribution Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Intern - Distribution Engineer in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I have been working at Central Hudson Gas and Electric as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is great. People are friendly and willing to support each other

    Cons

    There is nothing much to do in the city


  6. Helpful (4)

    "at least electricity knows where to flow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Pros

    Good salaries for the Hudson Valley
    Good 401k match
    Results oriented organization
    Friendliness and helpfulness of most employees
    It's very hard to get fired
    Very good wages if you're in the Union, lots of overtime
    Becomming more receptive in instituting positive change

    Cons

    Nepotism - Qualified employees and outside applicants are often passed up for friends and family from the outside with no utility background. This hurts the organization.

    Difficult to advance - If you are not liked (those who offer constructive criticism) - face hurdles for advancement.

    Benefits - Healthplan has gotten much wrose in recent years. No pension for recent hires.

    Upper management is completely disconnected from lower management and the Union. Issues and complaints seem to fall on deaf ears especially if your in the Union.

    Communication is poor. Some upper level organizational decisions are based on assumptions rather than facts and constructive input, and results are very counterproductive.

    Culture that has induced laziness and ineptitude in many. Company won't fire these people, and does not recognize the issue.

    Employees are mostly good people, but some in upper management cannot or will not communicate with their employees.

    Some management employees made to work 60 hour weeks while others barely put in 30. In many cases their is a large disparity in the dissemination of work, and bosses don't care.

    Big morale issues in some departments.

    Upper management only cares about the shareholders.

    0-1% salary increases for most management employees in last 2 years. Department heads divide up the salary budget and decide how to distribute it among their management employees - more will just suck up to the boss instead of being productive.

    While many employees have/will work here for their entire career, with no more pension the newer younger talent in management will not hang around for very long. I know of many already looking outside the company.

    Storms are horribly managed

    Advice to Management

    Be open and receptive to employees. Recognize those management employees who are getting the work done and getting results. Plan on developing ways to maintain a workforce of talented individuals, since we can only hope the economy won't be in the toilet forever.


  7. "Very Nice Place to Be"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Central Hudson Gas and Electric as an intern

    Pros

    The pay was good and if you are an intern that lives far they provide housing at Marist College free of charge. HR arranges fun trips (hiking, Six Flags, NYC, etc) for the interns to get to know the rest of the staff and bond within themselves. Everyone is familiar with each other and it is a friendly atmosphere. Seniors have interviews with all the departments they are qualified to work in.

    Cons

    The work at times can be very repetitive. Some intern assignments seem to be made without the interns interest or major in mind.


  8. "Intern Review"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Central Hudson Gas and Electric as an intern

    Pros

    A very good company with very nice people. Many employees are very young, which makes it more enjoyable for new hires and interns. A nice place to work.

    Cons

    Poughkeepsie is not the nicest place, but it is only an hour and a half or so from New York City. Also, with a younger work force, the knowledge base is not quite as strong in all aspects.


  9. "Fun Intern Experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Central Hudson Gas and Electric as an intern

    Pros

    Good environment with a lot of people willing to help

    Cons

    Design staff is a bit over worked at times and has to run around doing multiple jobs to get things done on time.


  10. "Excellent company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very inclusive culture, many young professionals
    Very committed to treating their customers and employees well

    Cons

    none to voice at this time


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Bad place for an engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    New employees can start with three weeks of vacation.
    The facilities are clean.
    The union contract is good until 2017.

    Cons

    The engineering staff is treated with little respect. Micromanagement is the norm.
    Mid level engineering management is not taken seriously and has no real power. Because of the high turnover rate there is little stability in the engineering organization.