PPL Reviews

Updated 13 August 2014
Updated 13 August 2014
52 Reviews

3.9
52 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great talent but may need stronger leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PPL as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Very good people, good culture - very music and media oriented - which isn't a suprise

    Cons

    Process and communications can be a bit week at a middle management level so this can create a gap between senior management and the guys on the ground

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that management are working as hard as the guys on the ground - open up more channels for getting bright ideas from the "coal face"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern/Co-op  in  Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern/Co-op in Allentown, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There are plenty of opportunities as an intern to meet with senior level management, take professional development seminars and work on significant projects that add to your professional story and that will make you very marketable when apply to full time positions. Wonderful company culture, everyone is extremely helpful and want you to succeed

    Cons

    The location is in Allentown, not a very good area. Some interns complained of not having enough to do. There is an older workforce but that will lead to more opportunities for younger employees as a lot of the older employees will begin to retire.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great with helping people getting more experience and skills doing a variety of difference jobs.

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    Current Employee - Production Worker  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    A great company with strong ties to the community that is a good fit for me with the fast pace environment.

    Cons

    It help peoples who have a trouble background and encourage them to do better. They are very helpful with you getting a resume. It's only a temporary job that is for 9 months but do give good employees extendtions.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    A good but demanding employer

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Allentown, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good pay, excellent vacation policy, comfortable facilities, always interesting work. Great people! The company has a knack for hiring flexible, motivated, and genuinely nice people.

    Cons

    Be prepared for a standard 50-hour work-week. Also, understand that this is a top-down management environment; by that I mean senior leadership provides instruction with little staff collaboration and often with insufficient collaboration across senior leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more trust the talent you have hired.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Place To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Allentown, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    The pay is good for the area. People are friendly and care about doing a good job. Minimal office politics which allows us to accomplish what we need to. There should be more opportunities in the future as the aging workforce at the company retires.

    Cons

    Not as many growth opportunities as I would like to see. People tend to stay in their positions forever which makes it hard to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for advancement

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty good place to work, stuck in some older mindsets

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer  in  Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Allentown, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL full-time for 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
  8.  

    Good pay & benefits but older culture of top down management

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    • 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
  9.  

    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.

  10.  

    Awesome place to work!

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  11.  

    Good

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    • 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 for 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

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