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PPL Reviews

Updated 11 December 2014
Updated 11 December 2014
57 Reviews
3.8
57 Reviews
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  1.  

    Pretty good place to work, stuck in some older mindsets

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Allentown, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, values around ethics and safety are key. Will value their people if able to contribute and work as team players. Decent benefits. Great opportunities for work-life balance if you're a FTE, less so if you're temporary. Interesting work, things change all the time if you're in IT, at least.

    Cons

    Stuck in older mindsets regarding the ability for IT to be part of the business. Treats process over results instead of re-evaluating processes that are greater than ten years old (which in IT is a lifetime). Worried about regulatory issues even when the company and its people do due-diligence, and it cripples innovation and ability to get things done cheaply/efficiently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe open up tactical/strategic discussions to the people actually doing the work, and allow the business to understand the reasons behind the decisions we make. Individual contributors are caught in the crossfire between business directives/needs and the crippling, skewed process-oriented culture on the IT side. Let's try to remember we're all on the same team, eh?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay & benefits but older culture of top down management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA (US)

    I worked at PPL full-time

    Pros

    Their pay & benefits are still good including their time-off policies. Large number of employees reaching retirement age so advancement opportunities should be on the rise.

    Cons

    Management talks about valuing employees input but most don't walk the talk. Lots of changes going on and you never know when your job may be eliminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to listen to employees on the front lines of areas you're making decisions about. It will improve the success of your decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Awesome place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Allentown, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Super work life balance (a week's paid vacation + ability to take infrequent unpaid vacation) and casual atmosphere in distribution operations. Ample feedback on work from both supervisors and mid management with ample room for growth. The new office is also nice, large kitchen with dining area (a fine place to meet your coworkers) new computers are also a huge plus (you'll be using them a lot and the old ones ran XP in 2013). PPL offers great pay for most positions and flexible scheduling helps ease commutes. Most jobs are easy and management quite accommodating.

    Cons

    A consistent "ready, fire, aim" approach led to frequent delays and waste. Regulated utilities are a high stress work place and not for everyone. People may die as a direct or indirect result of your work, just the nature of electrical work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent project managers and encourage follow through on projects before moving on to the next one. Overall, keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good working environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPL

    Pros

    Good pay, good networking events.

    Cons

    Not as much work as I would like.

  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Attendant in Danville, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Support Attendant in Danville, VA (US)

    I have been working at PPL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for,if you could advance

    Cons

    It's a great company to work for,especially if you have a school age child,because the hours are flexible and you can plan around your life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    No Diversity in the Workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Cooperative Associate in Allentown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Cooperative Associate in Allentown, PA (US)

    I worked at PPL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're white, a hillbilly, and deer or turkey hunt, this is the #1 employer to put in your adult working years as a PA native with nothing more than a high school or vocational education.

    Cons

    If you are a minority, have an IQ above room temperature, or generally seek a company on the north slope of the growth curve, look elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with a lot of long-term potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great opportunities to try different jobs across different parts of the org., a lot of upward opportunity over the long-term, a great place to develop a command of the energy sector if interested.

    Cons

    Somewhat "command & control" culture (it will be some time before a culture of employee empowerment is estabished), lack of innovation (but remember, it isn't google), culture still feels very "baby boomerish" (and I am one), some departments are very "get it done," even at the expense of the long-term (but not a universal problem).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As workforce ages out, culture will need to adjust with demands of a younger work force, keep this in mind. Also, leverage the creativity of younger staff to drive technology and process advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lexington, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lexington, TN (US)

    I worked at PPL full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    LG&E and Kentucky Utilities is a great company to work for. They have good benefits, and a great work environment. They really want their employees to grow with the company. It was like a second family, and I enjoyed going into work each day.

    Cons

    There are growth opportunities, but very few. I have seen many employee that where trying to move up in the company you have to leave, work somewhere else, and then get hired on in a different position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company provides great learning opportunities. This company takes great pride in what they do and they care about the thought and concerns of their customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good internship experience that opened other doors

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at PPL as an intern

    Pros

    Strong internship program, great pay and good people. Real projects with real implications.

    Cons

    Management. Things can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be as judgmental, improve relationships with low level employees and be sincere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent wages benefits and safety culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Foreman T&D in Lancaster, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Foreman T&D in Lancaster, PA (US)

    I worked at PPL full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best on the job and classroom training for new hire employees, The union people are work oriented.

    Cons

    The thinking of upper management that people should respond to company calls regardless of what ever is going in life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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