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Updated 7 October 2018
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  • "Upper management and middle management seem to be working in two different companies" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Weak middle management, bureaucratic utility culture, and communication" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Hostile and Poor Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PPL (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not really any pros. It has become a job and pretty much nothing more.

    Cons

    Hostile Work Environment
    High management turnover
    Incompetent management
    Constantly restructuring
    Tends to outsource all decision making at high levels
    Too many levels of management and a lot of them are dead weight up to VPs
    No direction in the company
    Company will most likely be sold in a year or so.

    Advice to Management

    Need to retain experienced talent as that is what built the company, not fly by nite executives that base their decision making on some book they read.


  2. "Category Manager"

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    Former Employee - Category Manager in Allentown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Allentown, PA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PPL (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good vacation policy and nice building

    Cons

    Storm Duty Non-Disclosure and high attrition

    Advice to Management

    Need a more progressive view on leadership. It isn’t the 1980’s any longer

  3. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PPL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for the work

    Cons

    Long hours a lot of the time.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "PPL Review"

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

    I worked at PPL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    *great overall benefits
    *very knowledgeable subject matter experts across the organization

    Cons

    *silo business groups that did not share resources across organization
    *constant reorganization
    *forced to apply and re-interview for my position

    Advice to Management

    Although the company is profitable and doing well, constant reorganization leads to an unpleasant work environment and culture.


  5. "Management"

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

    I have been working at PPL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays well for previous experience.

    Cons

    Promotes within based on "who you know".

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent in how you treat your employees at all levels.


  6. "Good benefits but troubling senior leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PPL full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, salary that is hard to beat.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is changing things so fast that we can't keep up.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Think twice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA (US)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PPL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, and good benefits

    Cons

    Upper management is a real problem. They constantly change direction, and don't have any answers for upcoming challenges that will face the utility industry. They seem more intent to add to their own bank account than develop employees. Completely inauthentic, they market themselves as caring about their community, and then they move IT jobs down to Washington DC, all this after record setting earnings. If you join this company, be prepared to have to interview for a job again during a reorganization, which seem to happen every six months. Should you receive a promotion into a leadership role, you will be attend ample training in leadership principles, but if you really pay attention, you'll notice none of these evident amongst the leaders above you. The leadership ranks are full of people who simply can't execute. They have created a toxic environment that's racked with the stress of saying the wrong thing in front of the wrong person.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that your employees are an asset, not a liability. If that's too hard to do, then just leave.

  8. "PPL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PPL full-time

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits are tops in Lehigh Valley

    Cons

    High stress, lots of turnover in positions


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PPL full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    the job was unstable and it ended up getting closed down


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Surprised at current culture, not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Transmission Analyst
    Current Employee - Transmission Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PPL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are great.

    Cons

    High turnover, lack of training for new hires and not a team environment. Not the same as it used to be years ago when folks worked here for decades. Lower level managers don't welcome new hires and are hands off with little to no training. There is constant criticism and little chance for success in your position if mgmt doesn't like you. I've seen people come and go since I've started who have been here less than a year. Disappointed with the way high turnover is ignored. Lack of staff and replacement of those who leave means more work for everyone else. Emergency storm roles change constantly and there was very little info on those roles during the hiring process. Company reputation is not what it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at lower level managers and the turnover rates and start working on a huge culture revamp or you'll continue to see grest people leave. During exit interviews, ask for real feedback not a fill in the blank survey where someone leaving can't voice their real concerns to the company can actually improve and retain great workers.


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