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Updated February 7, 2017
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PPL Chairman, President and CEO William H. Spence
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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
  • Detached upper management who doesn't follow through on their commitments (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Allow employees to have a voice."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Happily Retired in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Happily Retired in Allentown, PA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PPL paid above average wages and great benfits.

    Cons

    PPL, in recent years, seemed to regrad its employees as throw-aways. Management seldom provided feedback for jobs well-done. Rather they focued on the negative. New managers from outside the company did not know the culture of the current employees, and failed to care about the years of serivce of the employees of them legacy companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on generation and wholesalre markets. Electric Utilties is nothing more than an annoyance in ttoday's marketplace. Please listed to what emplyees have to say and allow them to have an opinion.


  2. "Very satisfied for the last 23 of 31 years"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nujclear Electrical Designer in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Nujclear Electrical Designer in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    From 1981 till I retired in 2003 PPL, Nuclear, was the place to work. Money was good in drafting and your work was appreciated

    Cons

    Turbulent times after I retired with medical costs going thru the ceiling. Only in the very begining of my career did I contribute to medical insurance. No cost medical cost was the talk from the management rep explained that there was no cost to the retiree, just look at the past. Bull I pay $370+ per month. Cheap by all standards but unexpected

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the little things to show employees that you appreciate the work done each department. Reinstate the act of giving the small gifts when schedules are met.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "2 poor years, but over 35 good ones"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair compensation and good benefits. 10 paid holidays
    Flexibility in work hours
    Interesting and challenging work
    Safety conscious - VPP Star Site
    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Pension program discontinued for new employees
    401k match is only 50% of first 3 percent contributed.
    Work cubicles keep getting smaller.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating with employees about current issues.


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  5. "Good stable company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable environment, good pay and benefits, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    limited advancement opportunity as people get stuck in one area of the company rather than allowing crossover to other areas

    Advice to Management

    promote from within, fill some business lines with service company employees to gain more insight across the company


  6. "Great benefits and friendly people"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    friendly coworkers
    annual review process (annoying to complete but gave excellent feedback on my performance)
    easy commute from anywhere in the Lehigh Valley

    Cons

    Allentown. I wouldn't have left if the company had been located closer to Philadelphia or New York City. I felt safe during the day - coming and going to my car or going out for lunch, but the area didn't have enough to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Work on hiring and keeping young talent. Trips to PPL Park or maybe even a company organized trip to New York.


  7. "Similar to most large companies"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PPL full-time

    Pros

    Stable company. Competitive pay. Good safety culture.

    Cons

    Large company, limited view of the whole company unless a very senior manager.


  8. "Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Allentown, PA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PPL as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company, great ethics, great people. hiring

    Cons

    internship experience depends mostly on your supervisor. Not enough to do is a common compaint


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Really good company working toward becoming an excellent company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market & Regulatory Policy Manager in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Market & Regulatory Policy Manager in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many career fields within the company, competitive salaries, bonuses, and pretty darn good benefits.

    Cons

    Communications lacking in many instances, ties to the old command and control environment still linger, hiring process not completely transparent yet.

    Advice to Management

    More timely communications with employees regarding all aspects of the company would be beneficial. Move a little faster toward embracing the ideas and culture that will be needed to hire and retain the younger generation enetering the workforce now- the baby boomers, while important and have the knowledge base at this time, are on their way out. Hire new people earlier to ensure smoother transitions and greater knowledge transfer.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good quality company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation, staying power, expertise in the field

    Cons

    typical issues which plague all large companies; slow to adopt culture changes and politics


  11. "PPL - Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Generation Technical Services Intern in Allentown, PA
    Former Intern - Generation Technical Services Intern in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PPL as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent senior management in PPL Generation. Offers employees lots of travel time and exposure to many different facets of the Electric Utilities Industry.

    Cons

    The tasks I received were not very difficult or time consuming. Most of my time was sent looking for tasks from other people in the group

    Advice to Management

    More interns and recent graduate positions are necessary in the Generation segment of the company due to the number of near retirement age employees.



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