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19 English questions out of 19

24 November 2020

Does ComEd have a pension plan?

Pros

The company provides good benefits like pension plan, good number of PTOs, and career growth

Cons

Some departments don’t have good work life balance

The company provides good benefits like pension plan, good number of PTOs, and career growth

24 November 2020

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17 July 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at ComEd?

Pros

Good pay. Decent working conditions, good retirement benefits, vacation time length. Good Training of employees and managers. They take care of you if you are injured on the job. Ability to move into other jobs.

Cons

Some managers are awful. FORCE you to retire at age 55- so not a good place if you are older if you start. Don't tell you that you MUST retire by age 55. Don't tell you about storm duty. Work- life balance is a term management does not understand. Will eliminate a whole department without warning ( seen this twice now)! Lots of hidden management rules... lack of transparency.

Advice to Management

Get rid of bad managers. Need better transparency during hiring process.

Good Training of employees and managers.

17 July 2019

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6 June 2018

How are the career development opportunities at ComEd?

Pros

I will get down to the point: 1. Great Medical Benefits 2. Steady Stable work (you will not get laid off from here) 3. you can retire from here

Cons

1. The company does not pay you for performance. 2. Middle Management has been trained to make employees believe they care about you, your career and learning and applying your skill set to overall success of ComEd. 3. The culture at ComEd leads you to believe any skill set you brought in from the outside does not mean a thing. In order to move ahead you need a masters degree and have published several papers. This creates an issue since when I was there there was a lot of folks with Masters Degrees running around. You would think with all these highly educated folks the company would be innovative in the energy service spectrum and also the benefits they offer such as working remotely and improved education services and better courses offered internally for their employees. 4. HR is worthless at this company they have several team building exercises thru out the year and try to get everyone believing they are there for the employees which they are not. They are there to keep the company from getting sued. 5. The company spends millions of dollars a year in training around speaking up, doing the right thing, being honest and build a work force with integrity Unfortunately this does not work well due to middle management doing just the opposite. Not only does this affect how they conduct day to day operations but also creates an environment of distrust against E4 and E5. 6. The good Ole boys club is alive and well at ComEd. Folks get promoted by whom you know and not what you know and what you bring to the table. I have seen first hand where someone gets promoted to a technical role without any skill sets or outside experience and solely on the fact they were good friends with a director....and the ones that were up for a promotion were passed. 7. Company does not pay for performance they will lead you to belive the harder you work....longer hours...issues you fix or prevent will equate to a higher rise....that is not true. The average for a top performer is between 1.65% - 2.50% if you are lucky. 8. HR does not take feedback very well. When issues were brought up around re-aligning roles and salaries in several meetings they did not wanted to hear any feedback. After I left ComEd...my salary for my current role was over 15k more than what I was getting paid at ComEd. The positions were exactly the same!!! Imagine that and HR told me this whole time their salary were competitive..... 9. Middle Management struggles how to value highly technical contributors with compensation and yearly bonus. Am giving them the benefit of the doubt and not saying they just dont care since they can hire someone else for even less money. 10. Lastly there is no career path or coaching from middle management. Many of the HR initiatives and meetings they tell you...your manager will provide a career path or provide you the means to be successful at ComEd that is entirely not true. My last comment is around moving internally within the company. That is the biggest fantasy the company leads you to believe you can move around. If you are one of those few that are SME in your field your manager will block you and there is not a dammed thing you can do about it....HR is useless and they always side with middle management. If you apply enough they will put you on a PIP (performance Improvement Plan). Good luck trying to get HR to side with you it does happen but is rare they side with management. You would assume if you get block due to your value skill-set you would get higher raise....no that will not happened. As a salary employee you do not get paid for over time (at over time rate). In my role I was on call 24/7 and during holidays. Not once did I get paid over time working during Christmas, 4th of July or New Years day work and life balanced is a myth. You will learn to hate storm duty!!!! 12 hours work at night and thru holidays. Sadly Storm duty does not include the whole company so you are up on the roster ever 4-6 weeks where you can be called so you are not allowed to go on vacations or out of town or go to the bar cause you could be activated....let that sink in...

Advice to Management

Revamp your HR guidelines people leave their managers not the company. You really need to take a hard look internally at your organization and define your core values...you are losing good people to these E4, and E5 who only care about their career path and not their employees and creating a team. E4 and E5 should be rated as E1-E3 and put thru the same magnifying glass and turn over rate should also be included in their yearly review. I had that discussion with my manager the lack of confidence employees that managers were looking out for their employees when they should be our biggest advocates and they were not filling that role. I enjoyed my job and the impact it created on the company.Unfortunately I was undervalued, under appreciated and the more I made myself valuable the more responsibilities I was given with no increase in salary or raises. Is unfortunate that I had to leave but I left my E4 and E5 manager I did not wanted to leave the company but they left me no choice.

10. Lastly there is no career path or coaching from middle management.

6 June 2018

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7 May 2019

Does there seem to be diversity at ComEd?

Pros

Great diversity and comfortable environment

Cons

Pay is not competitive and needs to appreciate talent.

Advice to Management

Learn to retain talent.

Great diversity and comfortable environment

7 May 2019

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6 June 2018

How is management perceived at ComEd?

Pros

I will get down to the point: 1. Great Medical Benefits 2. Steady Stable work (you will not get laid off from here) 3. you can retire from here

Cons

1. The company does not pay you for performance. 2. Middle Management has been trained to make employees believe they care about you, your career and learning and applying your skill set to overall success of ComEd. 3. The culture at ComEd leads you to believe any skill set you brought in from the outside does not mean a thing. In order to move ahead you need a masters degree and have published several papers. This creates an issue since when I was there there was a lot of folks with Masters Degrees running around. You would think with all these highly educated folks the company would be innovative in the energy service spectrum and also the benefits they offer such as working remotely and improved education services and better courses offered internally for their employees. 4. HR is worthless at this company they have several team building exercises thru out the year and try to get everyone believing they are there for the employees which they are not. They are there to keep the company from getting sued. 5. The company spends millions of dollars a year in training around speaking up, doing the right thing, being honest and build a work force with integrity Unfortunately this does not work well due to middle management doing just the opposite. Not only does this affect how they conduct day to day operations but also creates an environment of distrust against E4 and E5. 6. The good Ole boys club is alive and well at ComEd. Folks get promoted by whom you know and not what you know and what you bring to the table. I have seen first hand where someone gets promoted to a technical role without any skill sets or outside experience and solely on the fact they were good friends with a director....and the ones that were up for a promotion were passed. 7. Company does not pay for performance they will lead you to belive the harder you work....longer hours...issues you fix or prevent will equate to a higher rise....that is not true. The average for a top performer is between 1.65% - 2.50% if you are lucky. 8. HR does not take feedback very well. When issues were brought up around re-aligning roles and salaries in several meetings they did not wanted to hear any feedback. After I left ComEd...my salary for my current role was over 15k more than what I was getting paid at ComEd. The positions were exactly the same!!! Imagine that and HR told me this whole time their salary were competitive..... 9. Middle Management struggles how to value highly technical contributors with compensation and yearly bonus. Am giving them the benefit of the doubt and not saying they just dont care since they can hire someone else for even less money. 10. Lastly there is no career path or coaching from middle management. Many of the HR initiatives and meetings they tell you...your manager will provide a career path or provide you the means to be successful at ComEd that is entirely not true. My last comment is around moving internally within the company. That is the biggest fantasy the company leads you to believe you can move around. If you are one of those few that are SME in your field your manager will block you and there is not a dammed thing you can do about it....HR is useless and they always side with middle management. If you apply enough they will put you on a PIP (performance Improvement Plan). Good luck trying to get HR to side with you it does happen but is rare they side with management. You would assume if you get block due to your value skill-set you would get higher raise....no that will not happened. As a salary employee you do not get paid for over time (at over time rate). In my role I was on call 24/7 and during holidays. Not once did I get paid over time working during Christmas, 4th of July or New Years day work and life balanced is a myth. You will learn to hate storm duty!!!! 12 hours work at night and thru holidays. Sadly Storm duty does not include the whole company so you are up on the roster ever 4-6 weeks where you can be called so you are not allowed to go on vacations or out of town or go to the bar cause you could be activated....let that sink in...

Advice to Management

Revamp your HR guidelines people leave their managers not the company. You really need to take a hard look internally at your organization and define your core values...you are losing good people to these E4, and E5 who only care about their career path and not their employees and creating a team. E4 and E5 should be rated as E1-E3 and put thru the same magnifying glass and turn over rate should also be included in their yearly review. I had that discussion with my manager the lack of confidence employees that managers were looking out for their employees when they should be our biggest advocates and they were not filling that role. I enjoyed my job and the impact it created on the company.Unfortunately I was undervalued, under appreciated and the more I made myself valuable the more responsibilities I was given with no increase in salary or raises. Is unfortunate that I had to leave but I left my E4 and E5 manager I did not wanted to leave the company but they left me no choice.

If you are one of those few that are SME in your field your manager will block you and there is not a dammed thing you can do about it....HR is useless and they always side with middle management.

6 June 2018

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