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Southwest Power Pool Reviews

Updated January 26, 2017
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  1. "Good experience at SPP"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southwest Power Pool full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Excellent benefits and commitment to maintaining them.
    - Solid pay scale; kept current with the market.
    - Industry provides a valuable service; very rewarding, unlike other industries.
    - Great facilities; nice working environment.
    - The majority of the staff are fun, engaging people.
    - Emphasis on giving back to the community without "browbeating" you into involvement.

    Cons

    - Some parts of the company are slow to recognize high-achievers and reward them.
    - In some departments you must "play to game" in order to advance.
    - The emphasis on the "culture" is somewhat overbearing and hard to define.

    Advice to Management

    There is a tendency to use the "evolutionary versus revolutionary" maxim to avoid making decisions in a timely fashion. Progress, at times, moves very slow. The "culture" can occasionally be used in the absence of sound business practice. That feedback is meant to be constructive.

    From a positive standpoint, keep providing great service to your customers and employees. My time there was overwhelmingly positive, but was not without it's challenges for me personally.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture & ethics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Southwest Power Pool full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, culture and values. Management works well with employees and try to ensure that personal needs and goals are met. The CEO and officers are very transparent and offer great information at the regularly occuring all-staff meetings.

    Cons

    None really come to mind, except for the fact that there is a high learning curve and it can take a long time to feel knowledgeable in your area.


  3. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwest Power Pool (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, hard working community. They foster employee skill development and create an inviting atmosphere.

    Cons

    Think outside the box...more remote positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the employee "family" atmosphere.


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  5. "IT Programmer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Programmer/Analyst II in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - IT Programmer/Analyst II in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwest Power Pool full-time

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits. Lots of job security. Great people.

    Cons

    Majority of people in IT department have very little technical or development skillsets. Shocking few now how to create a "Hello World" app in any language. Most folks will never leave because their lack of technical skill set would make them unemployable at most other places especially given most people's pay.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to fire people who are incompetent


  6. "Lack of Compliance Integrity"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southwest Power Pool full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many very nice people work there

    Cons

    Lack of a culture of compliance. Lack of willingness to address accountability issues. Manages organization by nostalgia rather than understanding potential long term threats and issues.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "One of the best things going for engineers in central Arkansas"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Engineer in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Engineer in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Southwest Power Pool full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. High level of job security as a non-profit regional transmission organization. Down to earth employees, transparent company, approachable CEO. Almost guaranteed a 10% or better bonus. The new SPP energy market system is interesting and provides more variety in job opportunities.

    Cons

    Being "evolutionary not revolutionary" can be frustrating if you're an innovation kind of person. Things change slowly at SPP and there are plenty of hard heads in management. Overachieving is not rewarded and habitual slacking is not reprimanded. "Time served" is too much of an influence on the promotion process. Bad managers can linger for years.

    Advice to Management

    Have a defined reward for an employee obtaining a PE license.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "A great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Southwest Power Pool full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, great benefits, competitive salary

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours were required for engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find ways to inspire productivity through positive reinforcement.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Don't work here unless you are a manager!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Little Rock, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southwest Power Pool full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you keep your head down and never say anything you will never get fired. Even if you don't do much work you. Promotions depend solely on your boss so if you find a good boss then it is easy street to collecting paychecks.

    Cons

    The first thing I would like to say about SPP is that it is a culture of insanely risk-adverse people. If you are the type of person that is into process improvement or making things better then you should never work here. Time and time again my ideas of making things better by reducing manual labor/human error were shot down. The reasons for this were because managers don't want to deal with the "extra work" of changing things, don't want to deal with the possibility of something going wrong even if there is eventual benefit, and they don't want to listen to your ideas.

    SPP is the kind of company where engineers that have a business need for extra RAM, monitors, or a $20 ergonomic mouse are given the run around while SPP spends tons of money on fancy buildings and useless toys with the company name on them. They really don't care how much your hand hurts. You had better just bring your own mouse and keyboard.

    SPP is the kind of company where employees have to complain for years before the company will adjust the thermostat despite people walking around in jackets during summer or reduce lighting levels while employees unplug their light tubes and tape cardboard to the windows to save their eyes.

    SPP is the kind of company where someone can sit around for years collecting a paycheck and be the same level as you. Where someone who has never written an application, changed a process, or lead a project can become a senior engineer and you are stuck at level two even though you have been there years longer. Yes, this really happens. It doesn't matter how hard you work. If you have a lame duck boss then you will never get anywhere.

    SPP is the kind of company that hires an outside manager who opens the flood gates to middle and upper level positions for all of their buddies at other companies and then all of the current employees have to stay in their current positions forever.

    SPP is the kind of company where the manager of the group has no idea what he is talking about and his interruptions of the meeting to talk about his kids or ipad are dragging the project off-track and causing misinformation between groups about what is possible.

    SPP is the kind of company that will reprimand you because a customer didn't like the font color in an email you sent to check up on their progress. Even though that customer was obvious being over the top and got fired less than a year later from his company. Your boss would rather hold back your promotion and raise over a font color then have to stand up to his opinion. The stakeholders are always right. Even if they game the market.

    In the end, all of your exhaustive efforts are not appreciated or noticed. They are overshadowed by your human-mandated flaws. Don't worry, Dilbert. You are only human. And after all there are better engineering jobs on the outside! Yes it is true. :)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and stop the blame game. Take accountability. Ask for employee input instead of saying you will and then never follow through (example on custom cubes for new building). Give promotions and raises to people doing a large amount of the work. Get a gym/work out facility. Be more humble with spending on technology and building projects. Review all of your managers and cull the fat. Create opportunities for creative employees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Constant change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Southwest Power Pool full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable, exceptional pay, great benefits. Lots to learn here and great connections. If you are willing to work, there are good opportunities. Lots of new endeavors means new opportunities.

    Cons

    Not for profit so fairly short sighted management and operation by design. New open office is VERY distracting. Hard to focus to crank out a great effort. Intentionally staffed light so there are constant resource collisions. Consultants (useless) are brought in to oversee projects.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to burnout among the ranks and get a plan. After a long, brutal effort your staff is hanging by a thread.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to work in the Little Rock Market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Management in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Project Management in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southwest Power Pool full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary (although not the average, like posted in the media) Health Insurance, Sick Time

    Cons

    Leadership does not lead by example, limited career opportunities, too much middle management, top heavy orginazation

    Advice to Management

    Leadership should really work to on making decisions based on the facts and figures not based on their personal perferences.



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