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MidAmerican Energy Reviews

Updated January 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great job security due; many employees have been with the Company for several decades (in 5 reviews)

  • Great to work in Berkshire Hathaway company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good benefit, good co-worker, good company

    Cons

    keep up with the good work


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Regime Change, Please."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MidAmerican Energy full-time

    Pros

    Employment, valued co-workers, struggling for more at the moment

    Cons

    This company gives little consideration to the human element of their employees. You will merely be a number for incompetent management to shuffle their intiatives to. They expect you to live for the company rather than experience a work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back at some of the decisions being made. Your employees aren't happy. Step out of your small circle to view reality.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Profit above all"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer/Operations/Manager in Sioux City, IA
    Former Employee - Engineer/Operations/Manager in Sioux City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay & benefits - though the benefits have been reduced significantly over the past 15 years. Good co-workers for the most part.

    Cons

    Sr Management is focused on maximizing profit over all else. Treating employees well is barely an afterthought. Morale has been declining for years. When Berkshire Hathaway took over I had heard that they will be a great financial stabilizer, but will squeeze the company like a turnip to get the last ounce of profit out and it turned out to be true. Budgets are cut to the bone - except for wind power projects, which Sr Management has convinced regulators to allow an 11% + return. One Sr Manager in particular has single-handedly demoralized about 1/3 of the company with his attitude and policies - his ego was so large I'm amazed it fit through a doorway. If you disagreed with him, he would find ways either get you fired or make your life miserable and you would want to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like more than just a number.
    Root out the Sr Manager that is a cancer to morale - he shouldn't be hard to identify - he claims credit for about everything. You could ask employees, but they are mostly afraid to mention his name for fear of being fired or targeted otherwise.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I had a great team; there are some very nice people.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive. Management is blind to how much other regions besides the Iowa office are performing. Extreme favortism and unfair business practices dominate the culture. Unless you work out of the Davenport, Iowa office, you will be at a disadvantage.


  6. Helpful (2)

    ""Specialist""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at MidAmerican Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People you work with day to day care about one another

    Cons

    Upper management looks at spreadsheet and numbers. Keeps cutting cost so Abel gets a higher bonus each year.

    Advice to Management

    Seek thoughts and opinions of people doing the work on projects you keep cutting from.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Very Disappointed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative/Cashier in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative/Cashier in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MidAmerican Energy part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It did have a break room

    Cons

    Too much favoritism, too much authority given to leaders that abuse it . Backbiting, rudeness, and flat out lying should not be the theme of an office

    Advice to Management

    Stop being held hostage by certain employees. Stop showing favoritism. Stop allowing your personal feelings about certain employees to cloud your judgement. Stop lying on reports to upper management so you can keep one person over another. Stop making decisions about an employee's job without knowing how to do it.


  8. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MidAmerican Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great to work in Berkshire Hathaway company. The company has resources to accomplish what it prioritized.

    Cons

    Change is inevitable. The company takes great care of customers. This seems to have less focus now than the past.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Analyst in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MidAmerican Energy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are able to have a flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Upper management does not have a clue. They think that if they bring in temps every 6 months it saves money. It doesn't! They are losing money by having people train the temps all the time. Then the permanent employees have to clean up the mistakes the temps make. Also, they continue to play favorites with certain employees. They allow these people to treat their co-workers terribly without saying anything to them even if there are complaints. And if certain employees do not get their way they threaten to quit or retire to get what they want.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being held hostage by certain employees. Stop showing favoritism. Stop allowing your personal feelings about certain employees to cloud your judgement. Stop lying on reports to upper management so you can keep one person over another. Stop making decisions about an employee's job without knowing how to do it.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Human Resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MidAmerican Energy full-time

    Pros

    Salary is somewhat competitive with other companies in the Des Moines area for now. Soon to be broken bonus program is competitive but that is drastically changing this year.

    Cons

    Minimal merit increases - around 2% a year...cutting bonus program.msking huge cuts across the company including cutting jobs. It's a volatile place to work right now. No flexibility. Yearly reviews are bell curve system now ..someone has to be rated high-15% med70% low 15%...ridiculous and demotivating.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for some positions to telecommute. Bell curve system will fail you - find another review process.


  11. "Decent workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at MidAmerican Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diversity is better accepted at MEC than other places I've worked. Pay is decent for the position, there are some good people to work with.

    Cons

    It's a utility--bureaucracy central. Change and new ideas come very slowly, there are a lot of kind of incompetent people that have so much seniority it's hard to fire them.

    Advice to Management

    Little cost cutting measures mean nothing when we're ignoring the big problems (like inventory and stagnation). The organization is too hierarchical; VPs very seldom interact with anyone below the Director levels.



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