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Just what you would expect from a utility.

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Former Employee - Manager  in  Tempe, AZ (US)
Former Employee - Manager in Tempe, AZ (US)

I worked at SRP

Pros

You won't be working long into the night as the company definitely has a "nine to five" culture. Most work weeks will be 40 hours (nominal) and less than that after you net out your long lunches and ample morning and afternoon breaks. The quality cafeteria is an indication of, and inducement to, the social culture prevalent here.

Additionally, you'll enjoy relative job security so long as you keep yourself positioned in a core business function and ensure good relations with your immediate supervisor.

Cons

Despite a "flattening" of the "spans and layers" several years ago, there continues to be an excessive middle management cadre with little to do. As a result you'll find yourself in meetings with no clear purpose and too many attendees, and probably be subjected to weekly status meetings and/or written status reports. Salary administration is driven by a cumbersome and unhelpful annual performance review process, and the annual raise percentage spread between outstanding, average, and below average performers is such that it will take many years for a meaningful pay delta to emerge. Top performers could earn far more, and be given greater responsibility, elsewhere. Many will nevertheless stay at SRP for the job security and great benefits.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trim the fat out of the middle management ranks. Too many managers with little to do but take long lunches with each other on the company expense account. Push responsibility down to the "worker" level and eliminate the time wasted in meetings and reporting to your boss so he can report to his boss, etc.

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    People stay for 30+ years for a reason

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    Current Employee - Computer Analyst  in  Tempe, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Computer Analyst in Tempe, AZ (US)

    I have been working at SRP

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Easy-going atmosphere. Great benefits. Nice people. In IT, the ability to work on some cutting-edge technologies in a non-commercial setting.

    Cons

    As far as IT goes, it is not an "IT shop". IT is not the priority, so bigger projects tend to be fulfilled by third-party vendors. Also, you will not be able to show anyone else what you do as most of the IT just deals with internal apps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees more about the negative happenings around SRP. The communication about positive happenings are great, but when something bad happens that we may get asked about outside of work, we have to find out about it through the newspaper like everyone else.

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    Stable, but Slow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at SRP

    Pros

    Alternate work week schedule
    Incentive pay plan
    Flexible work hours
    Good communication
    Stability
    Interesting changes in industry involving regulation
    Good Benefits 401k, health, dental, vision, pension plan, life insurance
    Excellent office locations
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Slow promotion schedule
    Large bureaucracy
    Compensation growth limited
    Regulations inhibit innovation
    Municipal status limits growth opportunities and profit opportunities resulting in limited upside to compensation particularly in energy trading areas
    Poor office quality e.g. furniture, cubicles, lighting, etc.
    Managers have a tendency to micromanage because finance, technology, and accounting positions tend to be greatly overstaffed resulting in a light workload
    Limited opportunities for advancement beyond senior engineer/analyst level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should attempt to streamline the bureaucracy, while maintaining customer service quality.

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