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IT Organization is experiencing growing pains due to modernization effort from years of no investment in hardware or new employees with current industry knowledge.
Not suggested for those used to any form of structure or consistency.


Pros +

Very good pay; good benefits and PTO

Promotion through attrition


Cons -

Many employees that have only worked at Duquesne their entire careers and do not add value in terms of new/innovative ideas or best practices obtained elsewhere (see 1st point at top).

Leadership tends to trust a small coterie, usually older or more tenured employees (see 1st point at top).

Army of consultants (see 1st point at top) with little oversight.

Many initiatives ongoing simultaneously, leading to conflicting priorities and a chaotic workplace (see 1st point at top).

Business partners can be demanding and have contentious relationship with IT due to recurring issues from past project failures (see 1st point at top).
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High turnover rate. No one over 5+ years in the department. Fast paced, “clicky” group with no structure or
controls in place. No management support.
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Great company co workers are amazing and very hard working men and women long hours great pay great benefits and union must be self motivated and eager to work
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Very political, management doesn't follow collective bargaining agreement often lots of grievances filled. Pay is very good benefits are good! Many union employees make more then there supervisor.
Pros
Pay, union job
Cons
Very political
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Working at a utility is always a challenge. As a supervisor you are expected to work at least 50 hours a week. I find the pay and benefits are not bad if you work in right department.
Pros
pay and benefits
Cons
a lot of overtime
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Duquesne Light is a company with a growing I.T. division and project work for the next 3-5 years. The work environment is quiet and friendly. The people are good to work with, and everyone understands the company objectives. At times the division seems short staffed, but overall the employees roll up their sleeves and get the work done.
Pros
Flexible Schedule
Cons
Limited parking in downtown Pittsburgh
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If you want to make money and NOT have a personal life, operations is the place for you. Either in the control center or the field. More managers and supervisors than there are workers. Lots of shifts to fill due to high turnover. Constant change with lack of thought or direction.
Pros
Pay, benefits, coworkers
Cons
Management, stress, poor work/life balance
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Duquesne Light is held to many government regulations and compliance standards. These requirements can become stressful at times when deadlines are imperative. Aside from this the employees are easy to work with and depending on your job the work life balance is decent.
Pros
Decent Pay
Cons
Regulations and Compliance requirements
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I really enjoyed being in an office setting and learning alongside very competent and friendly co-workers. I really would an opportunity to work with this company again.
Pros
Relaxed environment
Cons
Temporary
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The work was interesting and the other employees were helpful. Twenty years ago this was a company that was interested in moving forward in technology.
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Management management management is poor was a great place to work now not so cut throat management love to outsource is going to ruin the company...
Pros
Great pay
Cons
Management management
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Management expected long work hours with little or no encouragement. Benefits and compensation are great but does not make up for the personal time lost. It was not possible to live up to managements expectations no matter how much effort was extended.
Pros
Great beneifits
Cons
extremely long hours
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i am a former call center employee of many many years. supervisors and agents never work 40 hours a week. there is no work life balance. no leadership support at all. technology is very outdated, at least while i was there. glad i am retired
Pros
pay
Cons
too many to list
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Very good management, at least at the branch I worked at. Always made the employees a priority and coworkers were more like a family.
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Awesome place to work, love the people energy and enthusiasm. every day is a new challenge, every challenge is an adventure, if I had enough space I would tell you about the floating ice cream machine.
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I have worked at Duquesne for 14 years and have seen the company go from a great place to work and thrive to absolute distain. This is a common consensus among employees.
Pros
Steady work
Cons
management management management
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Money is great however the extreme workload and overbearing management forced me to quit

A lot of times you don't even know what time you'll be going home. Shift ends at 5 but we would be stuck until 6-7, until we were released. Not good for a single mother.


The pay is excellent though, so for some people, the abuse is worth it.
Pros
Great pay
Cons
Too many to list
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I worked as a temp for about 6 months. Everyone is very nice, and the company has a relaxed atmosphere. It's great to work downtown. There's lots of options for lunch.
Pros
Great downtown location
Cons
The business seems a bit disorganized.
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Electric utilities are highly regulated by state and federal authorities; work responsibilities will reflect this regulated environment.
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Years of good times there, never watched the clock on this job. Learned a lot of the water cooled heat pumps and roof top recovery unit.
Pros
Good
Cons
Management
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Overall a great company to work for. Good benefits. Great pay. It was a pleasure to work with such wonderful people.
The new Human Resources personnel were a little too strict.

Long ours of work. Missed many family functions. Didn't know if you were going home on time every day on any shift.
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