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PPL Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Overall pay and benefits are great (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people, nice office, people willing to help (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management keeps cutting employees while increasing workload, and rewarding themselves with ever-increasing exec pay packages (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good company in certain departments"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PPL full-time

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement, flex time, yearly bonuses, training, professional development, decent vacation.

    Cons

    Constant change among people and processes. Medical benefits not so good. Compensation could be higher for engineers compared to other LV employers.

    Advice to Management

    Think about full impacts process changes will have on individual contributors. Do not underestimate the value that bargaining unit employees bring to the company. Minimize contractor use.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PPL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work experience to build resume for next employer.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company no longer cares about employee morale or work hours. Hours are ridiculously long and job expectations are unrealistic. Upper management keeps cutting employees while increasing workload, and rewarding themselves with ever-increasing exec pay packages. Current management is so out of touch and has ruined the company

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and get people in who know what they are doing.

  3. "Tech 2"

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    Current Employee - Tech II in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Tech II in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, very safe.

    Cons

    Union won't allow transfers across " Progression Lines"

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring good management as you are doing now, people with our futures in mind, and we will be around a long time.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "PPL Electric Utility Culture"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at PPL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has many older skilled workers with deep knowledge and the company dedicates significant resources to the training of entry level personnel. It is a good place to learn and improve technical skills especially for people entering the industry.

    Cons

    The senior leadership is chosen based on their perceived loyalty and alignment with the executive leadership ideals. The present senior leadership has little direct experience in dealing with people and have minimal if any, supervisory experience.
    Supervisors are told what ratings they are to give the underlings for performance appraisals and it weights most heavily on the arbitrary criteria of “behaviors” as measured against the executive leadership values. Knowledge skills, work output, customer service and working with peers is secondary.
    The president wants to change the culture of the company and one aspect is to hold people more accountable. While the goal is good, the senior leadership in their zeal and focus on pleasing the president, takes this to extreme and thus employees are evaluated mostly on how well they are conforming to the values and behavior tenants.
    When employees raise valid issues the employee is considered oppositional, defensive and quickly labeled non- conforming and the senior leadership quickly pounces on their supervisor. And the supervisor is given a poor evaluation for not keeping the employee in line. In other word, the senior leadership is fanatical in insuring that the executives do not perceive them as not being able to follow the executive behaviors expected. It is a very contentious and adversarial atmosphere.
    An one gains some time with the company, they need to consider their ideals and beliefs especially if one has aspirations of becoming a supervisor. If you have principals and you are not willing to put them aside in order to climb the corporate ladder, PPL Electric Utility is not the company for you.


  5. "CSR"

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    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PPL full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, makes your out of work lifestyle better.

    Cons

    Very focused on business puts alot of pressure on the employee

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget your employees and stress leversion you are driving them to can be unhealthy.


  6. "mechanical engineer"

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    Current Employee - Meacanical Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Meacanical Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and great benefits

    Cons

    I have none at this time


  7. "Great company with nice benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lehigh Valley, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lehigh Valley, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Family like environment with great benefits

    Cons

    Detached upper management who doesn't follow through on their commitments

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the front line employees

  8. "Great Company!!"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Enola, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Enola, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PPL (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and great internship program. PPL gives you great opportunities to talk to senior management and lets you tailor your internship to what you are interested in.

    Cons

    The work was slow...sometimes the people in your department don't have enough work for you to do. Seek out opportunities and you will be fine.


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Current Contractor - IT Consultant in Allentown, PA
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant in Allentown, PA
    Recommends

    I have been working at PPL as a contractor

    Pros

    Stable company, good people to work for, telecommuting, and decent salaries. Good location downtown Allentown, Pa

    Cons

    Too many processes not document, whatever way it gets done, do it. Fear of upper management, horrible cafeteria, reorganization and downsizing


  10. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great vacation policy recognizes years in career, not just years at the company.

    Cons

    Technology is not state of the art.


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