DTE Energy Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
103 Reviews
3.9
103 Reviews
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DTE Energy President & CEO Gerard M. Anderson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay and benefits are competitive with the industry (in 7 reviews)

  • Good pay, benefits, training, numerous departments to choose from, some flexible time (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Not enough opportunity for career advancement due to recent management re-organization (in 5 reviews)

  • Management does not want to hear any opinions or information that is different from what they believe and they do not tolerate such (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Adequate Career Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DTE Energy as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Freedom, independent work, ability to travel a bit, pay, benefits, strong belief in engaged employees

    Cons

    Poor internship program, very outdated (but playing catch up) corporate best practices, limited six sigma development programs, fairly unfriendly barrier to forward movement within the company, long hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    An okay place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at DTE Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    DTE is an okay place. Pay is decent, but don't expect much of a raise. Work life can be good if you're in the right group. A lot really rides on having a good manager/supervisor. Make sure you can see yourself working/succeeding with that person before coming aboard.

    Offsite events seem to be plentiful especially if you're in a good department. It's fun to get involved on the philanthropic side as well. DTE really supports giving back to local charities and initiatives.

    It's a very stable business that has never really done layoffs. Having your revenues publicly secured through customer rates is a huge plus for company stability and solvency.

    Cons

    There is a ton of dead weight throughout the organization. DTE tries to treat their employees right through engagement initiatives but is so caught up in "Gallup" results they miss out on many other things that kill morale. The parking garage at the downtown Detroit office is a nightmare at times. You get the bad parts of being downtown (traffic), but not the benefit since it's quite a walk (or even a drive) to anything decent.

    The red tape and bureaucracy are like no other place I've seen. It's amazing that anything gets done. The amount of middle management at DTE is remarkable. It's a common theme of people consistently trying to "pass the buck" and not take accountability or ownership for anything. Trying to get projects pushed through that require you to coordinate with any outside support groups is a nightmare. There's no focus on growing the business as DTE's revenues are secured through rate payers and capital investment, which results in only focusing on operations instead of growing the business. The CI initiatives are good in theory, but in reality, they just add to the plethora of red tape and hoops you need to jump through.

    Vacation time coming in is a joke: only 10 days to start. You do get about 20 or 25 sick days, but if you don't use them, what's the benefit. HR is a nightmare to work with. Get your money on the way in! For internal promotions you can only get a certain percentage raise even if you jump a level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider focusing on employees rather than just on the Gallup scores, which are inherently shifted higher due to pressure from managers/directors. Take a close look at your IT and HR departments as there is nothing more disengaging than working with those two groups. IT being terribly inefficient and providing poor business support, and HR being terribly disengaging when negotiating for new positions or whenever the topic of compensation comes up.

    Take a close look at the money being spent on CI and the negative effect it has on morale. It's probably an inefficient use of money and a drain on engagement.

    Finally, look at the time it takes to accomplish even simple tasks. Empower employees to get things done without jumping through hoops or obtaining 3 levels of approval. Empower employees are effective employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The job was ok

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    Former Employee - Utility in River Rouge, MI
    Former Employee - Utility in River Rouge, MI

    I worked at DTE Energy full-time

    Pros

    The Money was pretty good

    Cons

    Didnt care for there swing shift not enough overtime

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Environmental

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    variety of work assignments, always learning something new, able to work from home

    Cons

    local travel, some sites are distant (3 or more hours), many projects are rush, too much politics and too much continuous learning/improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if we are going to have to take the CI classes, make sure we know how to apply them to our daily work; otherwise they are a waste of time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Company, both Good and Bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering in Detroit, MI

    I worked at DTE Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    DTE has the resources of a very large company. Pay and benefits are competitive with the industry. The individual employees are a microcosm of society, some are excellent, some are bad, most are just good folks.

    Cons

    The company works salaried employees into the ground. Supervisors routinely earn less than the people they supervise, and a 50 hour work week is considered the base for salaried employees. As the company has the resources of a large company, they also have the mindset of a large company. Nothing happens quickly, and nothing happens at all if there aren't six months of committee meetings to determine if it is necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that the company produces and sells electricity and transports and sells natural gas. Stop letting HR initiatives or accounting demands drive the direction of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but does not recognize progress

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DTE Energy

    Pros

    Very good environment, people are helpful

    Cons

    Depending on your manager/ most managers, do not want to recognize progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to the people who work for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DTE Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with some good people.

    Cons

    It's not what you know, but who you know in order to achieve advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall a good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, left with a heap of knowledge about the distribution system.
    Worked with some great people, made lifelong friends.

    Cons

    Can be a very bureaucratic, gossipy atmosphere.
    Some work can be very dull and meticulous, but this is typical for most internships.

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

    DTE Energy provided flexible, partially educational, somewhat unprofessional internship.

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    Former Employee - Temporary Employee - Special Projects in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Temporary Employee - Special Projects in Detroit, MI

    I worked at DTE Energy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I think one of the biggest pros to working at DTE Energy was location. It's always nice to be downtown, especially because it's not too far from anywhere. DTE spends a lot of money on their campus and offices creating a very nice work environment. The pro to being a student intern in the special projects group was schedule flexibility. I didn't have to take a semester off to work. The pay was decent too.

    Cons

    DTE Energy has a very old vertical style management system, which can be very frustrating at times. A majority of employees also spend their entire lives being only employed by the company, which creates a toxic environment of people talking about one another in an unprofessional manner behind their backs, but being kind and artificially polite in person. The temporary student group is not a good group to be involved with. If you're a student, and you want a good, professional experience, trust me: do the co-op, take the semester off, you won't regret it. The structure of 100+ students reporting to the same person doesn't work. Avoid the drama of the temporary student group, it's not worth your time; the experience is there, but it's limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think DTE should consolidate the student programs and have them all under one umbrella. It would make it easier for recruiting and would give students a better opportunity. Having students only working around other students in a temporary position is less effective in training future employees and less effective in efficiently getting work done. Possibly consider eliminating the temporary student group all together, and replace it with the much better organized Co-op program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Quantitative Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Quantitative Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    no overtime, good life work balance

    Cons

    bad management totally ruins everything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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