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Updated February 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 31 reviews)

  • Excellent Pay, Good Benefits, Contributing to Tennessee Valley (in 24 reviews)

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

  • If that works doesn't work they put you on the road all the time away from your family and working very very long hours (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Intern in Chattanooga, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposed to many different areas and groups, many unique field trips, awesome pay

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  2. "Good job, restricted buy budget concerns"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemistry Technician in Soddy-Daisy, TN
    Current Employee - Chemistry Technician in Soddy-Daisy, TN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TVA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary: All employees are paid well, according to industry standards
    Benefits: 401K is one of the best matches in the industry, health insurance is relatively inexpensive, supplemental insurance is inexpensive
    Work/Life balance: Sick leave, Annual leave is plenty and supervision always tries to accommodate

    Cons

    Budget: TVA is operated off a debt ceiling. They do not run like a for profit business. This leaves them with finding ways to reduce expense, vice increase revenue. The easiest way to reduce expense is reduce employees. There have been "voluntary" lay offs every year since I've been here, and "re-org's" every other year, which results in reduced head count.
    Work load: work load is high. There is the same amount of work, with less people to accomplish it. They are not good at introducing technologies that help with this

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. I've asked directly for help on multiple occasions, and been denied. I've also had problems with co-workers, and management nor HR has been willing to help me.

  3. "First"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chattanooga, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TVA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Usually treated as a professional

    Cons

    pressure at having to deal with downsizing initiated by executives

    Advice to Management

    Executives need to learn what it takes to operate the company from the lowest levels, instead of this being filtered by subordinates or their own paradigms, which may or may not have any validity, or insufficient basis in fact to be fully adequate or complete.


  4. "Nuclear security"

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Athens, AL
    Former Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Athens, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the benefits are great and health is included they also spend extensive time training you for the position that you are about to be working in and even help you understand the nuclear environment

    Cons

    the position forces you to join a union where the members at the top do little work and the younger members do the majority of the work and either are paid the least or are passed over for promotion because they are not well connected and the pay is horrible

    Advice to Management

    it is best to get employees into the job that want to work and are paid for their work performance and do away with the union as it does nothing but foster a hostile work environment


  5. "Electrician Foreman"

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

    I have been working at TVA full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and stable employment after 10 years

    Cons

    Constant reorg's , tries to meet minority quotas by hiring unqualified people

    Advice to Management

    Cut positions at top levels instead of lower levels


  6. "Pricing Specialist II"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chattanooga, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were nice.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up the corporate ladder. There were no persons of color in upper-management.


  7. "MAnager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TVA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great coworkers, training opportunities

    Cons

    Pay cap, limited promotion opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and minimize turn over

  8. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    TVA has a strong company mission.

    Cons

    Innovation and diversity of thought were not consistently valued by some senior leaders.

    Advice to Management

    TVA leadership should focus on improving the work environment and safety culture of the organization.


  9. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at TVA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Summer intern program is great. They are constantly working on ways to improve the quality of the program and develop interns for possible full-time positions.

    Cons

    As they develop the intern program further, they need to add more local activities for interns in Knoxville.


  10. "Work Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TVA full-time

    Pros

    Serving the customers of the TVA

    Cons

    Negativity from the local and national media


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