POWER ENGINEERS, INC. Employee Reviews

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Used to be better
Staff Assistant II (Former Employee) –  Hailey, IDDecember 11, 2017
In the last five years there have been many changes for the better and not so much. Now there are so many committees and sub committees that nothing gets done. People that used to advance on merit are being held back by lack of degree and being passed over for opportunity. POWER went from an amazing place that felt like family to a corporate that only cares about money
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Engineering Technician (Former Employee) –  IdahoSeptember 20, 2017
Look for something else. If you know someone in management. You will have a great career for you. If you don't know anyone. It is your nightmare. Management can replace you if they know a friend who wants to work.
Cons
Piece of s*** redneck company. Un professional people and un ethical.
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Company is made up of several smaller companies
Principal Engineer (Current Employee) –  Atlanta, GAJune 12, 2017
Some divisions are better than others. Managers are capricious and selection is somewhat haphazard. It can be great if you have a good manager, after that manager moves on and is replaced, your experience can become sordid. Performance reviews are secretive and can be gratuitous in nature. Bad managers insert goals into the evaluation that are 'stretch' goals then discredit you for not meeting them. Salaries are based on Idaho averages and don't work well on either the west coast or east coast. Benefit package is very good. They used to pay bonus based on the performance of the company, now bonus is based on division performance (meaning no bonus). I didn't see any promotions taking place among the rank and file while there, so negotiate your best deal going in because that's what you'll be stuck with for a long time.
Pros
They try to foster a company culture to bolster teamwork
Cons
pay is lower than average and I couldn't keep design personnel
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Very biased, cutthroat place to work
Engineering Technician (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORMay 30, 2017
Be expected to jump through their loops for years on end. If you want to be promoted here, make sure you're part of the right "in crowd" group. Management is poor in this organization. They choose to see things from one side in the case of disputes or disagreements. Setup to fail is common here. Most days you can here a pin drop because people know their place and role. Those who are in charge can laugh and joke. Those who have been shown their appropriate place know to CYA. That's exactly the point, a very unhealthy work atmosphere. Outsiders are frowned upon here, they prefer to hire locally. But the truth is that they can keep everyone quiet and in their place at work, but not beyond their 4 little walls outside of work. Their true reputation, by word of mouth alone, is well known. If you have a college education and/or experience, hold out and find a better career. This is a dead end.
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Benefits
Cons
Management, ... atmosphere
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Good employees with poor management
Biologist (Former Employee) –  Cincinnati, OHMarch 5, 2017
Good ideas, just poorly executed. Project Managers are not very knowledgeable in the subjects they are dealing with, which has made a horrible impression to the clients. Field staff is forced to work rigorous hours of overtime due to incompetent managers expectations.
Pros
Work from home, pay was good
Cons
Underutilized skills of staff due to micro managers
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Awful place to make a career
Project manager Electrical engineer (Former Employee) –  Anaheim CAFebruary 23, 2017
This company is driven by RED NECKS.

Salary really bad If u are in learn as much possible u can and then get out.
Coworkers no willing to teach no one.
Is a place to get a t least one year or two of experience and get out of there fast.

No place to make a career.If you are a REDNECK might be

I saw three excellent people top knowledge leaving this company
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No place to work if you like job security.
Senior Electrical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Boise, IDFebruary 22, 2017
This company is up and down, depending on what work they get. Unless you work for the power line or substation groups, which are stable. The employees are nice, but the management cares less about keeping people on for long, especially as you get older or are not from Idaho.
Pros
Can be a good place to work if you are young
Cons
Management treats employees like "things" - no job security.
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Amazing Work Place
CAD Drafter (Current Employee) –  West Des Moines, IAJanuary 6, 2017
Power Engineers, Inc is an amazing place to work. You do contracting work for telecommunication companies. The only downfall is that you will not have a constant pay check.
Pros
Make your own hours, Can take time off when ever you need
Cons
Not suitable to live off the income
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Good Company
P&C Technician/SCADA Specialist (Former Employee) –  Tallahassee, FLDecember 30, 2015
Not a bad company to work for overall. Just a little top heavy.
Very good benefit package. A little to much travel involved and a very burdensome expense reporting system.
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
need better organizational structure for Field technicians
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Outstanding Forward Thinking Progressive Engineering Firm
IT (Former Employee) –  Meridian, IDApril 9, 2013
An outstanding company to support and work for.
Single flaw I saw was in upward mobility and external hirings over internal development and progression.
Co-workers were amazing, the projects are important, and focus is not solely on profit margins.
Pros
good pay for ada county, flexible hours and project driven. sustainable engineering and global thinking.
Cons
what you are hired for is exactly what you will have and do for your tenure, promotion is done through outside hire primarily.
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Good growing company
Project Engineer (Current Employee) –  Boise, IDNovember 18, 2012
Overall a very good place to work, but can be fairly busy most of the time as they keep growing and work keeps coming. Base pay is probably a bit low, but OT is paid for engineers (unlike many other places) and makes up for it, along with performance bonuses and the work environment. If you are looking for a 9-5 and in it just for the money, it's probably not the best place, but if you want to enjoy what you do, its a great option.

There is lots of room to grow into higher positions and management fairly quickly for those who want it. Because it's growing fast, engineers are forced to be driven and self motivated to learn, but it's a fun and rewarding environment with good mentoring. Lots of work is done between offices, but I've always felt at home when visiting offices across the country (we all work well together). Things have changed a bit since I've been there (nearly tripled in size in 7-8 years), but mostly maintained the same business approach.
Pros
lots of room to grow, friendly/open company, casual workplace
Cons
busy, fast growing
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