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Pepco Holdings Reviews

Updated July 13, 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 8 reviews)

Cons
  • the lower level staff are treated like I imagine they were in 1950 (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. "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.

  3. "Management"

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

    Pros

    Location, benefits, culture, stable industry

    Cons

    Historically had traditional organizational structured, however has changed to contemporary structure, but some departments culture may be more traditional.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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


  6. "My IT Internship at Pepco"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Intern IV in Bear, DE
    Former Employee - Information Technology Intern IV in Bear, DE
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pepco Holdings (More than a year)

    Pros

    Peaceful, friendly work environment. I wish they had a place for me my internship ended.

    Cons

    Nothing to report as far as Cons.

    Advice to Management

    Push for more opportunities to hire ITs out of college.


  7. "Good Solid Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive wages and very nice people.

    Cons

    Since it is an older company, a lot of processes are slower and more old-fashioned

  8. "Intern Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and informative mentors
    Great environment to learn
    Lots of training opportunities

    Cons

    Work load varies drastically depending on the department you're placed in


  9. "Supervising Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pepco Holdings (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, friendly environment. Good benefits and tuition aid program even though that is going away now that it is an exelon company.

    Cons

    There are a lot of incompetent middle level managers that only knows how to BS their way and not really know how to do their job or are good leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Try to promote people who really knows what they are doing and are working hard not so much people who know how to talk in meetings.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bargaining unit employee"

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Overtime, Good Benefits.

    Cons

    Management is terrible! A lot of favoritism! Training a joke! No certifications! The unions a joke! No protection! Only have 401K retirement! I work here for ten years. Would not recommend!

    Advice to Management

    Management is the problem! The buddy-buddy system is terrible at PEPCO. It all starts with at the top of both you Underground and Over Head departments. You have management that are fishing buddies with bargaining units. And the take care of their buddies and mistreat the rest of the employees that are fishing buddies. Makes for Terrible and hostile work environment!


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