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Updated June 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, 401 K, salary OK (in 21 reviews)

  • Benefits, salary and they care about work life balance (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/ life balance is a challenge (in 22 reviews)

  • Employees are expected to support organization with little regard for work life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "clerical"

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    Former Employee - Clerical in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Clerical in West Palm Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Power & Light full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good insurance benefits & pay very good.

    Cons

    Managers need to be more observant of who they are supervising. If you are a worker you get all the work while others have nothing to do. All with the blessing of Supervision. Don't say anything or you are a troublemaker.

    Advice to Management

    Too many Managers doing nothing. Only watch people who work. Selective observance in the office of employees.


  2. "Senior Communications Manager - Marketing & Communications"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Communications Manager - Marketing & Communications in Juno Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Communications Manager - Marketing & Communications in Juno Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Florida Power & Light full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great campus, cafeteria, medical and people.

    Cons

    Layers upon layers upon layers of overlapping titles. Departments doing duplicate work. Everyone working in silo's. Dysfunctional to the tenth degree. Basically overstaffed with folks who do not want to do there job. Antiquated process, low talent level and it starts at the top. Heads in marketing have been working in there roles for decades. No respect for peoples time. Boss never keeps to his meeting and is always last minute.

    Advice to Management

    Change the


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Run"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Oracle Developer in Miami, FL
    Former Contractor - Oracle Developer in Miami, FL
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Florida Power & Light as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have a Gym and Cafeteria in the building.

    Cons

    Everything else is bad, very few in the company are competent.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and talented people lead the company.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Like a wasteful government entity"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Jupiter, FL
    Former Employee - Contractor in Jupiter, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Florida Power & Light (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment with many perks and benefits for employees.

    Cons

    Contractors hired to do a majority of the Information Technology work but are never accepted into the nest. Regular employees attend meetings most of the day and would rather focus time and effort in safety seminars or the many internal events unrelated to their primary roles. They farm out all key troubleshooting and architecture to a couple of key employees and many contracted vendors.There a few very dedicated and hard working employees but most would not be happy at a typical company.

    Advice to Management

    Promote employees based on merit and not just time with company. Many middle managers are totally unqualified but have their positions based upon time with company and whether they are progressing in the Six Sigma program.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Pincipal Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Jupiter, FL
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Jupiter, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Florida Power & Light full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The IM worker bees and operations folks are some of the nicest people you could hope to meet.
    Salaries are decent, but not exceptional.
    Benefits are decent, but not exceptional, especially for a large company.

    Cons

    IT management has no compunctions regarding lying or obfuscating - everything from the specifics of why they are hiring you, to non-existent "regulatory filing deadlines" that drive your delivery schedule to guarantee that you work 50-70 hours a week.

    IM management also has no compunctions about ignoring the lies of their contractors when it meets their political goals. I was tail-end charlie in the delivery cycle of my last project, i.e. the app developer, as opposed to the contract business analyst or the contract Java developer responsible for a nightmare of an external Oracle database for which they insisted writing a ridiculous interface. This meant the lies by the contract PM to the effect that all his firm's contract employees delivered on-time/on-schedule made the contractor and the group manager look good (or at least, not bad) - and put me working seven days a week for a month. I could live with the OT, but not with the self-serving lies by the contractor, or the lack of repercussions. Nor with the drones in management who neither plan, nor manage projects, nor have any knowledge about the business or the technologies that they should understand as a core part of their job description.

    Salary reviews are a joke - you get a salary increase, your "bonus" takes a hit. Get a big bonus, your annual increase takes a hit. I had two direct managers as an FPL employee, and both of them admitted that they have a "bucket of budget", and never have as much salary/bonus money as what their team deserved .

    FPL IM has a lot of reorg activity - three downsizing cycles in the two years I was an FPL employee. Every time there was a downsizing, I lost people on my team.

    All of the above explains why almost. half of the group I was in (and all of the real senior technical talent) chose to seek "other opportunities". Ask the one who are left why they don't leave, and the common responses are either, "Because I am not yet vested", "Because I almost have the time required to retire with free health insurance', to "Because I can't find anything else in this area."

    Advice to Management

    Try to stop squeezing blood from a turnip - eliminating employees who actually do 'work' and keeping an IM management structure that does no work related to projects other than occasionally (rarely, in some cases) attend project meetings, but broadcast numerous congratulatory emails to one another when the one FPL employee actually WORKING on the project delivers the code to production with zero defects found in the first few months of production - but that engineer is just considered to be "doing his job".

    Also not terribly smart to "replace" that single employee after they leave with three offshore contract engineers, a part-time PM, one part-time FPL IM employee to explain requirements to the offshore engineers and smoke-test the code they produce, often returning it to them immediately because of bugs in the new code or regressions in the existing code. And a part-time business analyst - all to "replace" one employee.

    What would the ratepayers say?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Totally Understaffed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Juno Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Juno Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Power & Light full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The office is nice looking.

    Cons

    The company is dangerously understaffed. A normal work week here is 55 hours. A single person is expected to do 2 or 3 jobs. The parent company has a harebrained scheme called Project Momentums where they cut costs by $25 million every couple of years which means layoffs. We've already been through 3 Project Momentums and we have been informed that there is going to be a 4th and 5th. Meanwhile the CEO and other top executives give themselves huge pay raises and are selling their stock like no tomorrow for millions of dollars. No wonder people are leaving this company.

    Advice to Management

    People are the competitive advantage of great companies and I have no doubt that you will run this company to the ground.


  7. "Central Maintenance is NOT where you want to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Florida, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Florida, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Power & Light full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Seemed good at first but then turned South.
    They spend a ENORMOUS amount of money on FOOD only IF you work for them. They think it shows how much they care about you, but it's not true. If you ever did accounting then you would know, it goes under operating cost, and being a regulated utility the more you SPEND, the MORE YOU CAN MAKE IN PROFITS and then pay out in DIVIDENDS to stock/share holders.

    Cons

    I would sit here and VENT how I feel about being discharged before the 6 months period was up, but I won't.
    If I did that, that would show immaturity and I am not....
    Just NEVER take anyone there as "your friend". They will smile at your face and then cut your throat.
    If they REALLY don't have anything to do, their (the CM people) only goal is to ruin other people's lives.
    The old saying,"idel hands are the devils doing".........well CM, they have a lot of idel time, so they love to be the devil, especially the "red devil", and people would know who that is.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to run a company that cares for it's people, not the bottom line.
    You put people that are NOT person people in positions that can dictate if you work their or not.
    I didn't have a degree from some IVY league school but I work hard, know my trade (electrical) and always tried to get along with people, I respect people, may not personally like them, but I RESPECT THEM. Your people DO NOT RESPECT PEOPLE. You need to keep people under ONE supervisor, ONE MTL and ONE Outage manager, not shuffle them around from plants to plant (as in different people being their "lead" for that week, as in deciding if they stay or get fired). And get Supervisors that CAME FROM THE TRADE. Have people FROM the trade interview people that are going for a position IN THAT TRADE, NOT have a mechanical person interview a electrical person.
    And don't move people that have NO IDEA of how to 'manage' people (as in Supervisors) to being a Supervisor.
    When the supervisor said,"I am NOT impressed with you"........how do you think that makes me feel?
    That is NOT a people person and he should not have that position.


  8. "Custome Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for students trying to earn money while they study

    Cons

    The company sees you as a number. Unless you are in the union anticipate constant worry of layoffs and daily discussions on target numbers. Employees become increasingly competitive to try to stand out.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid nepotism. Focus on developing employees to achieve results in lieu of attempting to weed out and start with someone else. Do not make anyone feel like the work is demeaning for a manager. It's disrespectful to an employee who tries to make an impact.


  9. "Their recruiters are terrible! For such a large corporation , they have no communication skills."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Power & Light part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros...They have no website for outage work for temporary employees to apply. When you do find a recruiter, it's a big ordeal for one of them to call or email you back.

    Cons

    Don't even mess with these people, it's like a 3 ring circus.

    Advice to Management

    You need to hire better recruiters and they need better communication skills. If your slots are filled , that's fine, just email and say "we're full".


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Stepping Stone, Nothing More"

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    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you have no other prospects, this may be better than no job. Honestly, you should really exhaust all other options first.

    Cons

    Use to be that FPL looked real good on your resume. Not so much anymore. The word is out on this employer. After working there, you will be somewhat radioactive for a few years. Your best bet is to leave right after your hiring bonus commitment is up. Prospective employers will still consider you salvageable. Any more than 2 years at FPL, and its like you are permanently ruined in their eyes.

    Benefit package is ok, but good luck using it. If you actually use your sick days, education benefits, etc., it will affect your raise and bonus at the end of the year. Basically, they want their money back, and it will get it over time the longer you work there by screwing you over on raises and bonuses. That makes the benefits more of a loan program. They will lend you money for school, but then you literally pay it back later.

    Great company if you are the CEO or a stockholder. Ok if you are bargaining unit/Union employee. Terrible if you are non-bargaining unit employee, such as an engineer. For a company that year after year is making break-neck profits and shareholder returns, the engineers and working professionals are basically left out in the cold.

    You would be lucky to get 2-3% raises, and that's if you bust your butt and kiss a lot of nasty bottom. The starting salaries are bottom 25th percentile, too, so get ready to lose out on tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout a working career at FPL versus the same experience at a competing utility in the same exact job title.

    The general treatment of employees is the worst I have seen in my 20+ year career. They hire you as "entry level" (even if you already have tons of related experience) to convince you that you don't deserve much pay to start with, but then immediately expect that you are an expert in your job after just 1-2 years. Of course, you get practically no training, and even the tiniest of mistakes can lead to major outages and equipment damage. You will carry all the blame, so forget about raises, promotions, and bonuses for several years should you fall in one of the hundreds of traps they have setup.

    The company is also suffering a diversity crisis, which is becoming more common amongst all larger companies. FPL is desperate to promote persons based solely on ethnicity and/or gender to meet certain diversity goals. The result is that lower and middle management is riddled with people that are absolutely terrible at their job. The company and working there already sucks enough, but then you also have to deal with bosses that will never be good leaders no matter how much they get trained or experience they amass.

    Additionally, the company conducts an "independent" employee survey every two years. You will be greatly intimidated to participate in this "voluntary" survey. If you don't participate, they will come after you. If you answer anything that makes them look bad, they will come after you. The testing agency gives them enough data to pick you out as the one that didn't do the survey, or that you were likely the one who made negative comments. The agency breaks it down to them. The class you in very small groups of 3-5 people. Your boss will go around and ask everyone individually if they did the survey. He/she can then surmise who didn't and come after you. They will also tell them how many people answered negatively on a question. They will conduct several ongoing "training sessions" in the following weeks and months to ask people how they answered certain seemingly unimportant questions. If you tell them you answered any of these unimportant questions negatively, then they will assume you were the one who answered the important questions negatively. There goes your raise, bonus and promotion. Great system! Instead of being a tool to gain valuable feedback and using the information to improve the way things are done, they use it to crucify the employees for being honest and trying to make things better on a voluntary, supposedly anonymous survey.

    Bottom line: Unless you have absolutely no choice, pass on this employer. This is a last resort type of deal.

    Advice to Management

    Starting salaries for entry level engineers needs to be at least $10k-$15k higher to be on par with similar employers in the state. 2-3% raises is an insult when you are already earning way, way below market. 5% raises minimum on non-promotion years. 10% minimum raise on a promotion year. This should be the model for at least the first 5-7 years. You are losing tons of good people because you do the opposite.

    Stop promoting completely incompetent persons to lower and mid management simply because of gender and/or ethnicity and you happen to have a low amount in leadership at the time. Promote the best people, period. If that happens to be, say, a female person, and she is the best person for the job, then promote her. Don't promote her solely on the fact that she fits a diversity goal. The negative effect on moral is just not worth it to maybe earn a tax credit and/or political points.


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