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Memphis Light Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Jerry Collins Jr.
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  1. "Great company bad management in certain areas"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are great benefits at the company

    Cons

    Unfair environment in certain areas


  2. "Decent benefits, but stuck in the past"

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    Current Employee - Office Worker in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Office Worker in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Memphis Light full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Excellent health insurance, not too expensive
    -Pension (if you believe those will be around in 30 years)
    -People are generally nice and care about you personally
    -Decent pay (though maybe not competitive with the private sector for advanced positions)
    -Free parking downtown
    -Hard to get fired, unless you fail a drug test
    -Low expectations, which is a plus if you want no accountability for your job

    If all you want is a job to clock in and out of for the rest of your life and no aims to advance your career elsewhere, this is the company for you.

    Cons

    -Like being stuck in 1979
    -Afraid of technology. If you want to be on the cutting edge, this is not your place. The idea of doing something modern is literally a joke around the office.
    -A huge number of employees are close to retirement, so nobody is rocking any boats. They've been doing their job one way for years, and they have no intention of changing.
    -No real vision from leadership, at least not that makes its way down the chain. No clear direction means total lack of proactive strategy. Everything is reactive.
    -Bureaucracy, both internally and because of oversight by city government. Lots of legality and politics (literal and figurative).
    -HR policies are straight out of the 60s and based on an assumption that employees can't be treated like adults. Not unusual in old companies, but something that needs to end in 2017.
    -Culture of fear. As long as your boss thinks you're busy and problems aren't your fault, you're winning the game. That's all the way up to the top; President doesn't have advisers, he has people who tell him things are A-OK in their department.
    -Terrible reputation. Not completely deserved, but they sure don't do much to change it.

    Most people stay here because it's easy and comfortable. Besides, if you work here for 15 years, you'll be so far behind the times, you won't be competitive in the job market. Again, if you just want a paycheck until you retire, that's great for you. I count it as a negative. Nobody expects excellence here. Or if they do, they don't think it's worth the effort to fight the company-wide apathy.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clear vision for the company, set actionable goals in every department and COMMUNICATE ALL OF IT. Don't let reaction drive everything. Stop settling for the path of least resistance. Catch up with modern technology and don't believe IT when they say, "We can't do that." Maybe they can't, but somebody can. Get rid of the people holding the company back. Make people earn that pension instead of settling in and coasting for a few decades. You should be a leader in technology, not a latecomer. Jerry seems like a smart guy, but he needs execs who will tell him the hard truths instead of trying to make themselves look good.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bad reputation....not really felt on the inside."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    Great benefits with lots of vacation time. Relatively steady job with average pay for the Memphis area.

    Cons

    Every time I tell people where I work I recieve groans and grimaces. Known more for its corrupt politics than anything.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your image


  4. "Good, not great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Memphis Light full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are awesome to work with. Work live balance is great, no overtime necessary.

    Cons

    No upward mobility, lack of training. Slow pace environment not for the young at heart. RFP process is horribly, it takes entirely to long to make a inform decision.


  5. "Good place to work if your older"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is Job Stability and flexible hours

    Cons

    No raises and no room for growth


  6. "Great place to start your career."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They do a good job of providing continuing education oppertunities. Very stable company where you don't have to worry about losing your job.

    Cons

    Things move very slow and employees are against any type of change. Every major decision has to get approval from city council.


  7. "Quasi-government"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Memphis Light full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Consistent, government, stable employment, fair pay for amount of work expected

    Cons

    Very political, slow paced, quasi-government


  8. "It's Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Memphis Light full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and employees.

    Cons

    The current culture is stuck in the old days, especially when it comes to technology.

    Advice to Management

    Training is needed in the business offices just as much as in the field. Development is encouraged but it should be required in more areas.


  9. "Sr. Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Memphis Light full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Healthcare, dental and pension plan.
    -MLGW participates in many community events that enhance the lives of mid south residences.
    -Working downtown.

    Cons

    -This position is in the Audit Department very high turn over due to extremely hostile work environment.
    -Director & Supervisors micromanage and treat staff like hourly employees.
    -Audit programs are created via google searches, and there are no electric work papers or sampling software.
    -Large audits completed individually with unrealistic deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Consider evaluating the department's management structure. Update audit processes by purchasing audit software.


  10. "Service Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Memphis Light full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Do not pay into Social Security. Do not become disabled!


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