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TVA Reviews

Updated August 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 33 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. "Amazing place to work at!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TVA full-time

    Pros

    TVA has an amazing mission tied to serving the people of the TN valley through economic development, environment stewardship, and generating/transmitting power.

    The annual engagement survey for full-time employees seems to generate positive change each year.

    The entry-level to mid-level employees are taken care of!

    Despite media reports, TVA does a great job at managing money. The biggest issue is the "color of money" (capital vs operational) that kills management flexibility.

    Cons

    First-line management has significant stress with limited flexibility while Vice-Presidents conduct reorganizations for arbitrary reasons.

    Benefits and pay are good are for Chattanooga, however the private market will pay much better if you have specialized skills with good experience. This has created an attrition problem and TVA constantly loses it's most skilled employees.

    TVA seems to be hesitant to adopt cutting edge technology and the unions everywhere make significant improvements difficult. The EA (Engineering Association) is constantly combative with management while the M&S class of employee are better at collaborating with management.

    Quality training is rare, despite a continuous improvement culture.

    TVA's best employees provide 2 - 5 times the value of the average employee, but TVA will never pay the best employees on their value (in the name of "fairness").

    Advice to Management

    Allow your directors (and below) to perform any major reorganizations. Vice-President should only make minor optimizations. Minor improvements everyday are always better than major changes every 2 years.

    Allow managers to give generous bonuses for employees that clearly out-perform everyone else.


  2. "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.

  3. "Management"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Accounting Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Nice location near Market Square
    Reasonable workload
    Can bring my kids in on occasion

    Cons

    Struggles with transparency to employees
    Very high management turnover rate
    Doesn't always walk the walk
    Leadership appears entitled - once privately questioned a manager's behavior toward a fellow employee they disliked. Overheard the manager make false statements about the employee and treat them differently. The response back was "this happens everywhere" and to "stop being naive".

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Hold leadership accountable.


  5. "Management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TVA full-time

    Pros

    Upper mobility is a plus

    Cons

    No equitability in compensation across technologies

    Advice to Management

    Consider all of your employees


  6. "Nuclear"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at TVA full-time

    Pros

    None at all. Bad place

    Cons

    They will screw you as much as possible


  7. "TVA really stands behind their mission - serving the people of the Tennessee Valley to make life better!"

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

    I have been working at TVA full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, ability to have an opinion, servant-leadership on all levels

    Cons

    Headed in a better direction with diversity/inclusion, but not there yet

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TVA full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    limited opportunities for women and people of color

    Advice to Management

    Be committed and walk the talk


  9. Helpful (1)

    "TVA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits at TVA are awesome, fair pay for skills and work performed.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is encouraged as an idea but not a reality.

    Advice to Management

    Model the work-life balance that is being discussed and encouraged so employees feel they can do the same.


  10. "Good company with the right intentions"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Analyst in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary
    Work/life balance
    Helpful colleagues
    Accommodate employee concerns
    Strong safety culture
    Management decisions driven by impact to people of the Valley

    Cons

    Continuous restructuring (due to changing nature of business) increases work anxiety
    Low performers not always held accountable
    Inconsistent governance across business units

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on performance and not years of service/seniority
    Reestablish employee health and wellness centers
    Consider work-from-home options


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