Con Edison
3.6 of 5 29 reviews
www.conedison.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Con Edison Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.6 29 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

Con Edison Chairman and CEO; Chairman and CEO, Consolidated Edison of New York Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke

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77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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It pays the bills !

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Con Edison full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThis is a steady secure job that's it !

ConsWay too much favoritism and nepotism ! Unless you know somebody or are extremely lucky you will never advance here. No work life balance ! Management stuck in the 1960's

Advice to Senior ManagementStop placing people in positions that have no business being there

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Webmaster (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Con Edison full-time for more than a year

ProsIf you're looking for a job where you can skate by, this is it.

ConsPeople get promoted and placed in positions based on politics and not merit. It's very cliquey and if you aren't in the clique, you will not get anywhere. No structure. Favoritism is rampant. There was poor leadership and even worse managers that are simply waiting to retire and are no longer invested in their positions.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in people who care enough about their jobs to change what isn't currently working. Don't just promote the clique and instead promote based on skills and merit.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It is good, meaningful work with unique challenges, but could be more inclusive of experienced hires.

Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Con Edison full-time for more than 5 years

ProsContrasted with other career choices, this is great for indivdiuals that need to stay close to home. The entire business is contained within driving distance. For those aspiring to drive change and improvement in a business, there is plenty of opportunity if you're able to persist and overcome resistance. Individuals love to talk about their jobs and share technical information. Although the benefit program has changed leaving some of the long-term employees upset, it is a terrific benefits package; people who have worked elsewhere truly appreciate it.

ConsMost employees including management are lifers and those are the ones receiving opportunities and rewards. It is a struggle to find any manager, director or VP promoted to the next level who has been with the company less than 10 years. External hires should be sure to get hired into the position they want because they will be there for a long time. Similarly, ideas from external hires are often disregarded, not rudely or overtly, merely ignored.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen promoting or staffing for new opportunities, consider whether selections may be biased by longevity. When benchmarking, include non-utilities, especially for non-utility functions. As more competitive threats are evovling in the marketplace, being the best utility may not be good enough.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Working for Con_Ed was a great experience

Electrical Safety Inspector (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Con Edison as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThere is a great team of Supervisors and technical advisors there.

ConsThe 12 hour days, 7 days a week was killer.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure to communicate with Each of you workers under your care, including the 'vendors' aka consultants as I was left in a location fore 22 hours (Someone forgot to tell the shift manager I was out there)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Con Edison full-time for more than 8 years

ProsAble to interact freely with both in-house clients company wide as well as technical savvy professionals. Creativity is welcome. Variety

ConsCommunication upward is a challenge, yet doable.

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen lines of communication to listen to mid-level managers and support them not only if they are field supervisors. Higher levels of engagement can be achieved from back-office employees by providing them growth opportunities ( technical ad managerial)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great job depending on department your in!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Con Edison

ProsOnce your in the company you can learn a lot if you know what you want to focus on

ConsLike everyone else said it's not what you know it's who you know if you want to advance in this company. Too many politics within departments if your "not the right fit or the right person for the department" you have a hard way to go to get where you want to go professionally. They say equal opportunity that's b.s the testing for advancement have nothing to do with the job your going for in union jobs. Be careful you are only aloud 3 job postings for a calendar year if you fail a test you cannot retake the test for 6months also if you apply for a different job with the same test you automatically do not qualify for the job and you wasted that posting so be very mindful and sure of what you are posting for plus there is no test prep it's a general aptitude test unless you know people within the company that can "help you pass" so if you've been out of school for some time brush up smh.....applying for management is much different there's no limit on the jobs you can apply for so that's good for those that want to be in management but the hiring process is very hard if you don't know anybody to grease you through in all if your patient and know what you want to do with in this company go for it!

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more empathetic with your workers you too was once union unless you came in of the streets and have no experience in the company change the culture and be more open to new ideas stop with that if it ain't broke no need to fix it mentality

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Great!

Engineer (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Con Edison full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat environment, very challenging and surrounded by great professionals.

ConsI can't think of some at this time.

Advice to Senior ManagementHigher pay

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Working as a contractor, maintaining database, testing and debugging reliability evaluation/optimization software.

Contractor (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Con Edison as a contractor for more than a year

ProsEstablish good relationships with many professional and senior engineers. The work environment is nice and comfortable.

ConsThe innovation is not so much required. Young people seeking exiting work experience maybe feel somehow unsatisfied.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Operator Mechanic A (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Con Edison full-time for less than a year

ProsLocation. Parking. Compensation. Benefits. A lot of opportunity to learn other positions.

ConsNone that I know of.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo new to offer advice.

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Nepotism and Cronyism Rampant

Programmer (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Con Edison full-time for more than 5 years

ProsDecent place to learn about new technology.

ConsVery few new employees stay with the company for any extended period of time. Managers and supervisors have made rank by who they know not what they know. Basically, most management/supervisory staff have been with the company for many years and are very territorial and concerned only with nurturing the careers of staff members within their inner circle. If you are within their inner circle expect GREAT performance reviews and pay raises year in and year out regardless of their true on the job performance. And expect mediocre (at best) performance reviews and pay raises if you are not within their inner circle. This culture/mindset was cited internally by the company which to it's credit recognizes the rampant nepotism and cronyism that abounds...Unfortunately, despite the company's best efforts to promote fairness and opportunity to advance for all in the workplace, managers and supervisors find ways to portray staff not within their inner circle as being under performing slackers, which leads to mistrust and staff concerned only with self preservation. Inhibiting new ideas and thinking outside the box. It's unhealthy for staff subjected to this and it's unhealthy for a company desperately seeking to extracate itself from the grasp of rampant nepotism and cronyism.

Advice to Senior ManagementOnly through retirement of long term employees will the company begin to realize a work force that genuinely cares about the company, promotes free thinking and provides fairness and opportunity for all staff members.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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