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Updated November 11, 2018
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TVA President & CEO William (Bill) D. Johnson
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Pros
  • "Good pay and stable employment after 10 years" (in 32 reviews)

  • "Excellent Pay, Good Benefits, Contributing to Tennessee Valley" (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "There were no persons of color in upper-management" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Lots of politics and communication could be better" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Intern in the Accounting department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great team with good work environment

    Cons

    They weren't hiring full-time in my department


  2. "It's not the place it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TVA full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and decent benefits.

    Cons

    "Fake it until you make it" is the philosophy of many. Some people get the fast track to promotion based on being related to a current or former high ranking person and others get the run-around. "Team work" is a joke because they utilize the bell curve performance management philosophy, which is corrosive to the very concept of "team-work". Management will make promises they won't keep and cliq up. Advancement is more about butt-kissing & diversity than anything else. Competition is shady and colleagues will stab you in the back to protect themselves or advance their own careers. Despite the "warm and fuzzy open door policy and transparency" agenda they push, management does not care about individual contributors. I watched them lay a job off on Friday and turn around and announce a budget increase for suppliers on the following Monday.

    Advice to Management

    Not wasting anymore time on this review. You get the vibe. ;)

  3. "Nuclear Power Group Intern"

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

    Pros

    Individual Project to work
    Plenty of experienced engineers around to answer questions
    Several engaging planned site visits of different TVA facilities

    Cons

    Work can be slow paced
    Requesting software and access to materials takes too much time


  4. "Definitely lacking"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Technician in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TVA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    OK benefits and pay. Overtime

    Cons

    Terrible management and leadership. This place definitely operates on the “who sucks up the best program”. TVA is an embarrassment to the energy community and the customers they serve. They have slashed pay, 401k contributions, retirement no longer exists, and massive layoffs. Did I mention this slashing of the work force and benefits happened at a time when the CEO gives himself a huge raise and bonus?? BILLIONS of tax payer dollars wasted. Disgusting

    Advice to Management

    Please replace yourselves ASAP


  5. "Work content"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TVA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Varied work tasks with clear guidance

    Cons

    Heavy work load with limited opportunities for professional advancement

    Advice to Management

    Don't downsize any further


  6. "Excellent early career opportunity, people who care and work hard."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TVA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay
    Experience for recent college grads
    Nice coworkers

    Cons

    The culture
    Contractor experience, especially in IT
    Very few opportunities for advancement/hire once you’re a contractor
    No benefits

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to source your good contractors before they leave!


  7. "TVA Nuclear"

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    Former Employee - Tva Nuclear in Soddy-Daisy, TN
    Former Employee - Tva Nuclear in Soddy-Daisy, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady job, steady pay, no state income tax

    Cons

    Government job, very boring, few challenge

  8. "Not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TVA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive compared to other utilities

    Cons

    The culture for TVA nuclear is not what you’d expect for a nuclear company. There’s no room for growth unless you are part of the food ole boys club. And If you’re part of a minority group, there’s nothing you can do to be part of that club and the people will treat you so bad, you will leave. Diversity is only talked about but not followed. There’s a lot of backstabbing, no accountability for bad behavior, and a lot of bullying. This occurs at all levels of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop tolerating the toxic behaviors or else the culture will never change. The employees that are worth anything will eventually leave, if they haven’t already.


  9. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TVA full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good compared to industry.

    Cons

    Difficult for women to break into senior manager positions.


  10. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TVA full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, great employees

    Cons

    Diversity is lacking in TVA and has beeen during my 26 year career. Their bonus structure is setup based on performance but if your boss or their boss has an issue with you they influence your payout negativiely regardless if you meet everything.

    Advice to Management

    When I left I started to see more of the old TVA coming back. Their focus was on reducing the number of minorities and diversification was regressing. This needs to be place where everyone can feel included.


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