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PPL Reviews

Updated February 8, 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. "Rapid personnel turnover is only one indication of the issues with this company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work exists and opportunity for growth due to the constant turn over in personnel

    Cons

    You will be overworked with constantly changing priorities due to a management team constantly in crisis or reaction.

    Your ethics will be challenged as the company and its shareholders are often placed first without regard for the long term impacts to rate payers. When you work for a regulated monopoly, a higher expectation for adherence to ethics and regulation.

    Managers and supervisors do not embody the fundamentals of leadership. Many are task masters that neither manage or lead. Management by email isn't leadership and it usually masks incompetent managers.

    A constant revenue stream as a regulated monopoly in T&D is the only saving grace for the growing incompetence in how to run this company

    Advice to Management

    Introspection is hard to instill, but it is critical for successful growth as a company and a culture. A leadership culture managed by fear rarely leads to success and produces failure through compliance.

    Actually invest in your employees and get them technical training. Stop relying on soft skills to promote leadership and talent. If leaders lack technical merits or qualifications, they will rarely be able to recognize and challenge issues before irreversible damage is complete.


  2. "Good place to work for a long period"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PPL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment and culture.
    No pressures

    Cons

    May miss on new skills

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. "AmeriCorps"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    I had a great volunteer experience

    Cons

    I have no cons, served a year as an AmeriCorps


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  5. "Excellent Starter Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PPL full-time

    Pros

    -Great starter job
    -Easy to adapt and learn key skills
    -Excellent on-boarding program

    Cons

    - Slow growth for associate employees out of college (takes more than 3 years to get a promotion)
    - First promotion after associates provides minimal salary boost

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to a newer growth model to accommodate employees and target emerging talent. Be more competitive compared to local companies.


  6. "Good company in certain departments"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Business Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people learn a lot

    Cons

    There are no cons for this company

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  8. "Customer service representative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PPL full-time

    Pros

    Great ppl and great benefits

    Cons

    Salary seems to be on low end at all positions

    Advice to Management

    Review your salary requirements and reward those who meet them


  9. "Best Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Really nice place to intern

    Cons

    there isnt anything bad about the company


  10. "Tech 2"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. 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.



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