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Pepco Holdings Reviews

Updated January 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Great for work life balance, in most groups (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits and tuition aid program even though that is going away now that it is an exelon company (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Management doesn't listen to lower level employees, too many hours are required to be worked, bad work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Billing Revenue Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC

    I worked at Pepco Holdings as a contractor

    Pros

    Great pay and opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Horrible upper management and to much favoritism within the departments on the 7th floor.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen your Supervisor teams. Hire better people to supervise and watch the company get better.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer III in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pepco Holdings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, easy workload, headquarters in a good location and metro accessible. I learned a lot in the first few years.

    Rotation program for young engineers helped people get a broader view of the company.

    Some individuals (especially those in more senior positions) are incredibly hard workers and very smart people. My managers always tried to improve the office culture and reward their high achieving employees as best they could to attract and retain the best workers and avoid the cons listed in this review.

    I had great supervisors and managers who genuinely cared about me and my career whether that was at Pepco or somewhere else. I am very grateful to have started my career with those people.

    This Pro is a huge one but also comes with a huge caveat:
    If you want to work hard and can put up with other people getting by without doing work, then Pepco can be a great place to get ahead. Even a little bit of initiative gets recognized because there is so little of it. Definitely a place where working hard and having initiative is a great blue ocean strategy and will quickly have your name known to upper management across the company. Upper management wants to see more of these people. Just be sure you can take the crushing weight of that apathetically lazy blue ocean while you're at it and you'll rise through the ranks in no time.

    (This is a pre-Exelon merger review)

    Cons

    Boring at times, projects move slowly, learning curve flattens out after a few years.

    Many people do next to no work but there are no repercussions so therefore no incentive for them to try at all. General air of complacency from a lot of people.

    Company doesn't actively hire from top schools.

    For lower level positions you get promoted regardless of whether you do a good job or not which is demoralizing for those trying to work hard and differentiate themselves.

    It's hard to stay "above the line" at times and this slacking off from people is talked about a lot behind the scenes between harder workers - many hard working people can't deal with it after a few years and look for opportunities elsewhere at consulting firms, renewable energy companies, or other faster-paced areas of employment.

    If you're not at the main headquarters then you're in one of the handful of other offices in the DC area - these offices are pretty old and all of them require you to drive in DC traffic.

    (This is a pre-Exelon merger review)

    Advice to Management

    The #1 way to solve almost every problem at this company is: Get rid of the people who don't do any work.

    If you don't know who they are just ask because everyone else does. Some of them are playing games on their phones all day and never even log into the computer so it shouldn't be hard to identify them. These aren't people who are trying hard and still not doing well, these are people who do the absolute minimum amount of work needed to collect a paycheck (which is a really small amount of work) and have no incentive to do better, no guilt that they're getting paid to just sit around, and no fear that they will ever be asked to leave because no one ever is.

    These people who don't pull their own weight make it harder to do projects and put a bad taste in the mouth of your high performing employees.

    I am absolutely positive that if you root these few individuals in every department out, it will be transformative for your business and will make your high achieving and hard working employees happier and better at their jobs.


  3. "A good company with good pay."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Want to learn? Good training ground for professionals and craft workers. Good experience and income growth in first 8 to 10 years.

    Cons

    Many roles to fill in one position since Exelon merger. While beneficial to re-forming best practices, one can easier become burned out.

    Advice to Management

    See cons.


  4. "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a very safe Company to work for. You will have a very stable career. It's a really good company there

    Cons

    Some of the beer out of politics tend to get in the way getting things done. You sometimes have to depend on who you know to get ahead in the company


  5. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer I in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Engineer I in Newark, DE
    Recommends

    Pros

    Really tried to hire, integrate and develop young engineers from various backgrounds.

    Cons

    Boring work at times. They need to do a better job connecting our jobs to the impact we have on the community.


  6. "No Protocols for work"

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    Current Contractor - Credit Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Credit Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Pepco Holdings as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is great and a raise every 6 months under the union; affordable rates for insurance of all kinds, 401k matching percentage, hundreds of job openings across company; credit union for employees that accepts everyone and will give a loan to anyone and deduct pymts before taxes

    Cons

    brought up from a mom and pop electric company and still run that way; management shows favoritism; blind leading the blind when it comes to supervisors leading reps; the only place I have ever worked that will introduce employees to a new positions without training them; useless training's that have nothing to do with actual work that is being performed


  7. "Lead Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cushy 9-5 job. Decent salary. Great benefits (health, education etc...).

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities. The best example of who you know not what you know.


  8. "New Company with old, closed minded mid-level management with no desireable skills."

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    Current Employee - Revenue Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Revenue Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pepco Holdings full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunity to create a desirable work-life balance (within the right departement).

    Cons

    Mid-level management is close minded, very difficult to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more managers with better, more advanced skills. Provide opportunities for current employees to shine and advance within the company and create a pathway for the college graduates in the company use the degree you (Pepco) funded.


  9. "It depends how you view it."

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineering in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great educational benefits, great environment if you are associated with certain groups within the company. Great place for a young person who is willing to dedicate a few years to learn about the utility business and advance their formal education at no cost.

    Cons

    Large utility with antiquated management. Company culture slightly changing to appreciate younger talent. You won't get high tech high pressure jobs here.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No better, no worse than any other place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pepco Holdings full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment in a bad economy

    Cons

    Mid-level management is poorly trained and their technical skills are antiquated, managers are also weak so they will not fire a bad employee, people can spend an entire career at the company doing nothing


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