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  • 1 employee says

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    Subpar (1)
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    1.61
  • 0 applicants say

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Reviews for Northern Illinois Electric, Inc

Reviews - What employees say

1.61 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 15.Dec 2015
  • Employee

Estimator

1.61

Company Culture

Commendation and reward is given to the squeakiest wheel, regardless of whether they deserve recognition. My position was outside the fire, so the situation did not directly effect me, but the culture is witnessed first hand.

Support from management

Management typically falls short when developing any sort of business plan, targets, or important decisions. These issues were dealt with reactively (not proactively), in the harshest and most unprofessional way. A poor plan would be developed, it would fail, and fault would be placed on employees who had no part in the situation. This escalates to a very hostile workplace and serious division between managers and lower staff.

Teamwork

Employees in the field typically protect their own, while ensuring the office is kept blind. The office treats employees as a disposable resource. Communication is absolutely horrid.

Freedom to work independently

Individuals typically work at their own pace, regardless of the goals or speed of others. However, the harder and/or more effective you work, the more others slack off. This creates frequent finger pointing and "blame games".

Internal Communication

Profits, successes, and failures are kept top secret. Employees are informed the the company is constantly failing and it is their fault. Plans and necessary information typically trickles its way through, with a mountain of lies to follow.

Gender Equality

As previously mentioned, sexism is rampant. Women are treated as phone operators with no useful skill set.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Older workers are normally avoided during interviews, due to improperly assuming they will be injured on the job or ask for excessive pay.

Career Development

If the employee wishes to take initiative, there are usually options to move into the office. Responsibility skyrockets but without the pay increase or power to affect your subordinates. Once "promoted" to the office, no further advancement is possible. In short there are two possible positions: field worker or office.

Overall compensation for your work

Wages typically match the volume of the employees voice. Raises will be given to the loudest complainers, not the hardest workers. Field employees used to constantly demand an explanation or my assistance, but it was 100% in the hands of the management.

Office / Work Environment

Computers and tools are generally readily available, good condition, and up to date. Ventilation on job sites depends more upon the customer and changes daily, therefore it does not apply to this survey.

Environmental Friendliness

This category does not readily apply to the business model.

Work-Life Balance

Working hours are fairly stable. Sick days or vacation time is basically forbidden, regardless of the advance notice given.

Company Image

Employees rip on the company and management on a daily basis. The image and assessments are accurate.

Job Security

As long as the employee is normally on time and rarely requests off, work will usually be available. The riskiest positions are new employees- tenure is always considered first in difficult times.

Handicapped Accessibility

Similar to most construction contractors, accessibility is not possible. Job sites are typically hazardous with multiple curbs, holes, ladders, etc.

Workplace Safety

OSHA and safety regulations are avoided like the plague. Equipment is rarely inspected or brought up to OSHA standards. Employees are constantly in fear of retribution, so injuries are rarely, if ever, reported.

Challenging Work

If you are willing to take the initiative, challenging work is always available. No credit or gratitude will be given, but significant projects are readily available.

Inclusive / Diverse

Racism and sexism is rampant throughout the company- both against customers and employees.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Anger management counseling, AA meetings, and a formal business plan.

What I like about the company

Due to my position in the company, the work was always challenging and fast paced.

Located in close proximity to major highways.

What I dislike about the company

Managers have severe substance abuse problems and anger management issues. This causes an extremely hostile workplace rampant with lies and vendettas.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered
  • Company
    Northern Illinois Electric, Inc
  • City
    Waukegan
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2010
  • Position
    Others
  • Department
    Administration

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Review averages

  • 1 employee says

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    100%
    1.61
  • 0 applicants say

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    0%
    Good (0)
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    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
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    0.00

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1.61
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