Con Edison
3.6 of 5 28 reviews
www.conedison.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Con Edison Reviews

Updated Mar 30, 2014
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3.6 28 reviews

                             

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

Kevin Burke

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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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I worked at Con Edison full-time for more than a year

ProsGood salary if you negotiate well coming into the company along with overtime pay.

ConsMany of the management employees were promoted from the union. Intimidated by outside hires coming into management. Not a corporate structure, they have young inexperienced newly promoted management employees running the call center. They want you you to dummy down your experience to fit in. Not open to fresh new ideas from the outside. Horrible place to work !!! Not the old con Edison !!! No real pension for new management/ cash balance. Mean employees that are unsupportive unless you were union. Your on lock down with mandatory overtime for major outages. Other parts of the company may be good. - stay away from the call center environment!

Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize the experience and talent of outside management employees. Don't be afraid to let them shine!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Office union job at ConEd

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

I have been working at Con Edison

Pros1. If you were hired in 2002-2005 in the union you get a real pension after 30 years - not many places offer such thing these days, but you must be there 30 years at least.
2. Job is stable and secure if you don't do anything stupid and follow all their rules and policies to the letter.
3. ConEd also offers a 401(k) that they match partially - max match for union is about $1200/annum
4. Medical benefits are ok, but they are getting worse and more expensive.

ConsTakes forever to get a promotion if you don't know somebody. But, if you are someone's relaive - promotions come at the lightspeed regadless of your lack of qualification, and against all the rules and policies that Con Edison is asking everyone to follow.
Very old school management practices. Ones at the bottom of the corporate ladder always get the blame for errors made by upper and middle management. Very top-heavy company. There is one supervisor for every 2-3 union employees who do the work - typical for Con Edison. As the saying goes: one guy's working, ten are watching - very true for this company. Most supervisors barely have a HS diploma and possess no or very little technical knowledge and expertise, they are not there to help you or answer your questions, they are there to watch your every move and it seems they have pleasure doing that.
Very litte acation time - nothing the year you are hired, 5 or 10 days (depending on the month of hire) next year, and 10 days until you get 5 full years, after that you get 15 days/ammun, that also increases a little once you hit 12 years, and so on. Max. vacation now is 26 days - you get that after 30+ years.
Very unflexible on any additional time off that you may need for personal/emergency issues - once you are out of your vacation days - you get nothing till end of the year no matter what your situation is.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt takes several years and several tests for a union employee to get to the next title, and most of the new hires do have engineering degrees that are related to their work. However, the situation with management and supervisory employees seems to be quite different. One can become a supervisor because his father or uncle or father-in-law is a ConEd manager, and have no applicable education. This is wrong and you guys know that!!! Yet, you pretend that everything is fine!!!
My suggestion:
1.Get rid of engineering supervisors who do not have engineering degrees.
2.Create real testing produres for management employees - if they cannot pass the test - they should not be promoted or kept in the company.
3.This is, as Mr. Burke said, a "pipes and wires company", thus all manegement, expept departments like accounting, hr, facilities, must, as a condition of employment posses high level of engineering expertise, e.g. mandatory PE licenses for managers, mandatory bachelor in engineering for engineering supervisors, etc.
4.Make the Ombudsman office work in the proper way. Today it is simply a part of the "old boys club" that governs the company. Everything that you tell the office about improper things that your manager done is not investigated properly - it is simply let known to the manager, as well as who complained, etc, the the person who made the complaint faces intimidation, harassement, and retaliation - although the Corporate policies strictly prohibit such beahvior.
5.Take control of the hiring and promotional procedures - people should not be hired/promoted because they know somebody and don't know anything realted to the job.
6. Reduce supervisors - they are simply overpaid attendance takers who don't know anyting about the job and do not teach people that report to them anything.

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Stable company but not very progressive.

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

I have been working at Con Edison

ProsIt's a stable company, even through the current financial crisis the company manages to turn a profit. In no other company will you have such job safety and there are decent benefits. Good place to land a career if you don't have a degree and don't plan on getting one.

ConsThe culture is very backwards, most likely because of the union vs management mindset. It is very resistance to change and mired with a heavy bureaucracy.

There is a saying in company,

There is a right way,
there is a wrong way
and then there is the Coned way.

And good luck trying to change that.

Management lacks soft skills in dealing with union workers. Try taking a few days off for a family medical emergency and you will be stonewalled by supervisors on policy and procedures.

Advice to Senior ManagementI don't lay all responsibility at your feet, the union is also to blame not changing with the times. But ask yourself this, if Conedison was in a more competitive market would it be able to survive?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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