PPL Reviews

Updated 12 September, 2014
Updated 12 September, 2014
54 Reviews
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54 Reviews
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  1.  

    PPL has a great internship program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Allentown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Allentown, PA (US)

    I worked at PPL as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company really goes out of its way to hire a large number of interns and provide them with meaningful work experiences. The company encourages the interns to explore different areas of the firm and conduct informational interviews with current employees. The pay is excellent for a summer intern position, and many departments are looking to hire an intern that will eventually take a full-time position.

    Cons

    The intern positions widely vary throughout the company. While some interns are able to work on projects that provide them with meaningful work experiences, others spend a great deal of time sitting around because they do not have any assignments. Because the company encourages the various departments to hire summer interns, I think that some departments end up hiring an intern but do not have any work to give to them. Also, there are constantly "networking events" that the company puts on for the interns, but these events are boring and not particularly useful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The networking events are not helpful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Would be a nice company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Foreman in Frackville, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Foreman in Frackville, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    very good pay, and benefits .....

    Cons

    terrible work environment , good old boy system big time ..... a cut throat company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep your resume warm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    PPL was great to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PPL

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Management was starting to become less experienced and making poor decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from employees and don't make decisions with your eyes closed and no evidence to back you up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Co-op associate

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    Former Employee - Co-Op in Allentown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Allentown, PA (US)

    I worked at PPL as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company, high payand paid holidays.

    Cons

    Most of management is unprofessional, condescending, and have stuffy attitudes. Many of the employees have worked there 10+ years and are close minded/set in their archaic way. They are suposedly military friendly, but only hires veterans to work in the power plant/blue collar type positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the condescending attitudes toward union employees and co-op associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place, really friendly

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Allentown, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Life work balance, and a lot of support for workers trying to learn new skills. The workers really love what they do.

    Cons

    Work may become a little boring and tedious after awhile. Need to motivate yourself a large part of the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable but no forward vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Allentown, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are great, do very well at taking care of people and working through various issues to get the work requirement done. while I cannot speak to the union workers, on the nonunion side the management tends to stay flexible with work schedule.

    Cons

    The division I work in tends to react to issues rather than thinking about how to mitigate them in the first. IT and Operations have a lot of Red Tape between them, and the sense of urgency is often not there. Workers usually start as temps with no benefits for a year or more. After which the next move is to Specific Professional which is basically an internal temp, with bare basic benefits, medical, but no dental, very little vacation time, and no more over time but you're now expected to work a minimum of 45 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay of your workers, we seem to keep losing people over it and the training of a new person takes months till their productivity really replaces someone. Lets focus on more work from home benefits and if IT cannot get something done in 7 months, lets start looking to replace them rather than making excuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company to work for in the region

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Planning Intern in Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Planning Intern in Allentown, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    (I was in PPL EnergyPlus, their supplier subsidiary)

    Fair pay, lively work environment, my supervisors were kind and helpful, very comprehensive kitchen with all sorts of things

    Cons

    There seemed to not be a lot of opportunity to grow out of your role where I was working, the large corporation way of life can wear on you because it can be bland and monotonous

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    PPL - Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Generation Technical Services Intern in Allentown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Generation Technical Services Intern in Allentown, PA (US)

    I worked at PPL as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent senior management in PPL Generation. Offers employees lots of travel time and exposure to many different facets of the Electric Utilities Industry.

    Cons

    The tasks I received were not very difficult or time consuming. Most of my time was sent looking for tasks from other people in the group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More interns and recent graduate positions are necessary in the Generation segment of the company due to the number of near retirement age employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good quality company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPL full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation, staying power, expertise in the field

    Cons

    typical issues which plague all large companies; slow to adopt culture changes and politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Company Adverse To Disabled Employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Projects Leader in Allentown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Special Projects Leader in Allentown, PA (US)

    I have been working at PPL full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent wages and benefits for both management and union employees. Management environment encourages intellectual creativity and advancement. Career advancement opportunities available for individuals who demonstrate a willingness and ability to assume more responsibility.

    Cons

    Disabled adverse environment! Micromanagement style is prevalent within many departments. Culture which promotes job security through fear tactics. Employee annual review process in negatively based. Promotes work life over family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When an employee becomes disabled (i.e. paraplegic) they should be given the opportunity to show they can still perform their job and not be automatically placed on long term disability for the rest of their potential career. This is especially applicable to nonphysically demanding management positions. Allow employees who become disabled the opportunity to return to employment. Dont throw them away!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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