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Updated May 22, 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)

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  1. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Muscle Shoals, AL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Muscle Shoals, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    TVA is really a family of workers across seven States

    Cons

    Travel within each District is across a large area.

    Advice to Management

    Hire workers that are ready to work


  2. "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

  3. "TVA"

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    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.


  4. "Good company with the right intentions"

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    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


  5. "TVA isnt what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay for Chattanooga area

    Cons

    HIGH stress, continual re-orgs, job security

    Advice to Management

    Take care your people. Improve moral. Its not all about the money!


  6. "Current CEO has destroyed the culture"

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

    I worked at TVA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    None, but there's a five-word minimum here.

    Cons

    There is a backbiting corporate culture that's spreading to the plants. There is no value placed on long-term employees - it seems like there's a hushed goal to rid the company of anyone still in the old pension system.

    Managers have no experience in the production facilities, and they don't think that matters! They push employees to have no work/life balance, even though they deny that when confronted.

    The CEO is an out-of-touch, overpaid, arrogant jerk - who (in his own words) is "just like you, except" he makes "a lot more money and has job security."

    And heaven forbid that a woman report harassment by a man of any job description! It's going to be her word against his, despite any previous history he might have had. The culture is antiquated and oppressive, and HR would rather blame the woman and shove everything under the rug than have to act.

    Advice to Management

    Bill Johnson - retire. Take your millions and go home to North Carolina. Clean house with HR - they're all corrupt and useless. Re-hire some of the unfortunate souls who were swept under in your involuntary reductions in force.


  7. "Good job, restricted buy budget concerns"

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    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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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