Philadelphia Gas Works Reviews

Updated 21 June 2014
Updated 21 June 2014
12 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a good experience

    Former Employee - Procurement Coordinator  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Procurement Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Philadelphia Gas Works full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The family atmosphere. You feel like your working with family everyday and your not watching the clock all day long.

    Cons

    They are set in their ways as a very old company. Not quick to change.

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    Busy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Philadelphia Gas Works

    Pros

    Many projects but oftentimes not much follow of management on the provided information. Many projects keep employees busy, the day flies by.

    Cons

    Old-school business. Tasks take forever, employees drag their feet. Oftentimes stated that they want to do things better but for the most part, nothing is done.

    Negative Outlook
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    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Philadelphia Gas Works full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Work life balance. Optional compressed work week. Great benefits -- Free health benefits, a lot of holidays. Pension plan with 5-year vesting.

    Wonderful people.

    Overall, best place I have ever worked.

    Cons

    Slow career advancement. Potential sale looming. Union environment creates opposition to positive change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good pay, but not a great place to start a career as an engineer if you truly want to learn something

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    Former Employee - Plant Engineer  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Plant Engineer in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Philadelphia Gas Works full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits; Diversity; location; friendly co-workers

    Cons

    - less opportunity to learn because heavy work is outsourced to private company
    - Municipally owned company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Ana

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Philadelphia Gas Works full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    nothing is good about this company

    Cons

    this company sucks..pick and choose people to promote

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take your heads out of ____

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good place to be if you don't like to work

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    Current Employee - Information Technology  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Philadelphia Gas Works full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Very difficult to get fired

    Cons

    Very low salary
    you have to know someone to get ahead
    IT are second class employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of IT or you will be forced to outsource who ever is left

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good Place to Start

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Philadelphia Gas Works full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ability to move up quickly.
    Work is not incredibly difficult.
    No Overtime
    Tuition Reimbursement

    Cons

    Salary is below average.
    Very little career direction.
    Cannot work from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward good employees or they will leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Quasi government inefficiency privatize ASAP

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    Current Employee - Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Employee in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Philadelphia Gas Works full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Slow pace, low stress, Used to have plentiful parking (key words- used to)

    Cons

    Low pay, very inefficient, overstaffed, essentially a workfare organization. there are some very bright people here but they are greatly outnumbered by the not so bright people. and there a lot of people here, way too many to the point that it diminishes productivity. No formal telecommuting program, no wifi, but who needs it when average employees don't receive mobile tech (laptops, tablets, smartphones). Parking is hard to come by and if you don't get a spot, you very much risk getting your car broken into. Location is terrible. Facilities are abysmal- dirty, cold/hot, roaches, etc. Much could be forgiven if there was no residency requirement, but alas, there is. Another wing of the 'Philadelphia machine' - stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell this place asap

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Waste of time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Philadelphia Gas Works

    Pros

    - Good for inexperienced graduates
    -Good Benefits

    Cons

    -Management hasn't had a raise in 5 yrs
    -Salary is low
    -Nepotism runs ramped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your head out of the clouds.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    A sad, disorganized company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Philadelphia Gas Works

    Pros

    If you are an employee, PGW is probably a great place to work. It's a very relaxed atmosphere. You are required to live within the city limits, but health benefits are free. They hardly ever fire anyone, most people work there for many, many years... so do their brothers, parents, cousins, etc.

    Cons

    Management does not respect the contributions of contractors or employees, processes are written, but rarely followed.
    The buildings are not clean, with leaking roofs and frequently broken HVAC systems.
    The organization as a whole is resistant to change, in spite of statements to the contrary.
    Contractors are treated like second class citizens.

    Doesn't Recommend

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