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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Manassas, VA

    I worked at Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a small company, Employees are friendly, good management. NOVEC is a good company to

    work.

    Cons

    Since being a small company there is not much room for advancement


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Micro Managment"

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    Current Employee - Planning Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Planning Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small Company, you will get to learn

    Cons

    Small Group, 1 person doing job for multiple groups

  3. "Not a bad place to work, but not the best either."

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    Former Employee - IT in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - IT in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've certainly worked for worse employers, but I've also worked for better ones, so overall I’d give NOVEC a "C" as far as my personal experience goes. For the most part, Novec is a pretty low stress, repetitive work environment where most people do the same thing day-after-day. No one dies from stress or overwork there. Most people show up, do their work and then go home at quitting time to pursue other interests. Operations personnel notwithstanding, I don't know of anyone who really had to work extra hours, come in on weekends/holidays or take work home with them.

    Cons

    The downside to a low-stress work environment like Novec's is the lack of substantive opportunities for professional growth and development. They had some really great HR people who worked on in-house training to augment employee's professional skills, but management ran them off. Consequently, if you're looking for challenging opportunities around which you can build a strong resume, you'd be well-advised to seek employment elsewhere. Also, there is strong institutional/cultural resistance to change. Compensation is insultingly poor for rank and file employees when you take into consideration that the CEO makes something like $600k/year. The average VP earns around $125k/year and managers typically make over $100k/year, but when it comes to ordinary staff, management plays the "we jus' a po', lil' electric co-op" spiel. Other drawbacks include intra-departmental cliquishness that verges on dysfunctional paralysis, an irrational aversion to new business practices, applications and technologies and an endemic mistrust of outsiders (anyone who hasn't worked there at least 10 years) and those who can conjugate a grammatically correct sentence.

    Advice to Management

    Times have changed. Manassas is no longer the rural, "Mayberry RFD" backwater it once was twenty or even ten years ago. The city and adjoining communities are full-blown DC suburbs now. So if you want top-quality employees, especially talented IT professionals, project managers and multi-disciplined individual contributors, you need to start paying them competitive salaries on par with what they could get in DC or Reston (which are both close enough to siphon off your talent).


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to communicate, friendly team members. They are easy to talk with to deal with the project scope and problem statements.

    Cons

    Sometimes the project team members are confused about their goals and the approaches to conduct research or forecast costs. Bad database management and entry.

    Advice to Management

    Try to clarify the huge portions of unclear classifications in database and make sure the entries are correct.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "room to grow, several roadblocks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - room to grow
    -explore/research introduce to company to increase efficiency
    -great job security
    -not hectic or fast paced
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    Cons

    -network engineer is responsible for quickbooks and purchase orders
    -engineer is also responsible for inventory (no rule set, make your own rule of inventory)
    - several side projects which stops you from learning networking configs
    -micromanagement


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be a decent place to work, but has steadily gone down hill."

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

    Pros

    Steady work, and job security

    Cons

    Benefits have gotten worse, uncompetitive pay. Not a lot of opportunity to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees if you want to keep them around.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding in job challenge and benefits."

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    Former Employee - Corporate Buyer in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Corporate Buyer in Manassas, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Empowered to work on your own, to be creative and present one's ideas. Benefits are very good, e.g. retirement, 401K matching, medical, dental, etc.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of energy service, employees are expected to work during inclement weather conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace written a written policy and procedure program to ensure consistency in work performance/practices, e.g. consider ISO 9001 certification.