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Dominion Enterprises Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
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Dominion Enterprises President and COO Jack Ross
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It is flexible to work from home when needed (in 15 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment (depends of manager) (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management only cares about themselves (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper Management did NOT listen to middle management's suggestions (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    This place treats their employees soooo bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dominion Enterprises

    Pros

    Nice building. Good a faking nice place to work

    Cons

    I have to start with the Human Resources department. It has to be the worst that I have ever encountered. Sunny, Constance, Susan, Gigi, and most of the rest of them are the most fake human beings you will ever encounter. They will smile to your face (most often not), and gladly stab you in the back. They do not care one single bit about you personally. And that is the way the company is ruled. There should be a cleaning out at that level. I liked Jack, but can't believe that a CEO would let his company be controlled and managed that way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jack - pay attention to what people truly feel about HR

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

    Very unique work place

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Dominion Enterprises full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You'll find that Dominion Enterprises is not so bad of a place to work. You can pretty much do what you want and not have to worry about anything. There's basically no pressure to do anything except what is high priority by the management. Your manager will definitely let you know if there is something urgently needed and don't stress it, it's usually something very easy like a text correction or simple logic change that can be done in a few hours at most. Very rarely anything large scale is needed urgently and for the most part you can relax and take your time with things.

    You'll find that Dominion Enterprises has fairly good community outreach programs. Things like the United Way Day of Caring is nice. You can take a paid day off and go help out someplace locally in something they call Day of Caring. Always nice to see something being done for someone else. There are other things as well. If you're the fitness type, Dominion Enterprises has a yearly CHKD sponsorship program. You sign up, Dominion Enterprises pay for your spot in the race, and you simply show up at the race to run on behalf of Dominion Enterprises. There's also something called the Hackathon which was started recent years. A Hackathon is an event where programmers and other IT specialists go to for a two day event and they try to crank out a prototype application that is either workable or merely a concept (or both) based on a set of requirements revealed at the start of the event. A lot of new hires first went to this program - hint, hint - and got hired on the spot after management saw their potential. Within your own team, there are a lot of great events to go to. Sometimes there are local parties or get together that are always nice to interact with your co-workers. Overall Dominion Enterprises is very nice and generous about their community outreach.

    If I remember right, the reason why Dominion Enterprises moved to Norfolk was because Landmark - the owner of Dominion Enterprises - had strong ties with Norfolk. So, Dominion Enterprises got the best building in all of Norfolk and for the most part, at least from the viewpoint of outsiders, the company is awesome. The company is located right in the heart of Norfolk and during lunch you have a lot of great options.

    Dominion Enterprises has a very nice training budget for their employees. Per year, you, as a IT personnel, can go someplace for training. You can go as far out to the West coast or stay right here in the home state of Virginia. You can't go to another country outside of the US and as far as I can tell Hawaii and Alaska are out of the question. This is one thing I will definitely miss about the company. It is a very nice deal.

    Personally for me the most positive thing about the place is your fellow co-workers. In my Cons list I point out some bad co-workers but this is usually rare and a lot of folks are really knowledgeable about what they do. In my time at Dominion Enterprises, I had about three co-workers who I can ask questions any time and respect and follow whatever they might suggest. They were - keyword were because they're gone now - some of the smartest people I knew there.

    The hardest choice about leaving this place is going to decide if you can tolerate the bad things or if the bad things are even worth it to leave. There are a lot of good things about Dominion Enterprises and ultimately, I think for everyone who left, the bad things are just too much to handle. Some people had to leave due to life circumstances or just want to be closer to their families but otherwise would still be at Dominion Enterprises.

    Cons

    When you first work here you'll immediately notice two things right off. You'll notice a lot of managers who been working here since the start of the IT integration, and you'll also notice employees who been working here just as long with many of them having worked since the beginning. Don't let this fool you into thinking that this place is going to be great. While job security is definitely there, the problem you'll realize is that managers stay because they can and they're able to be promoted because they have a lot of manager friends who are in just as long. You'll find that employees who been in just as long but never been promoted are only there because they can't find jobs elsewhere or they are incapable of finding a position where incompetence is tolerated.

    What you'll also find is that no matter how hard or how little you work, nothing will ever become of it. You'll be paid the same for years upon years and maybe get a increase in pay every once in a while so long as your manager is doing well. You'll find that your manager does not really care about you. It's almost comical in that they really push for employees to be open and vocal - even having a forum to promote your idea - but you'll find that the only ideas they accept are ones they can use to promote their own careers and your name will not be mentioned along with that idea. They will not listen to you, they will not follow anything you say, and they really don't care what you do so long as you make them look good. You'll find that the managers, while having little to do with your day to day work, will use your work to sell their own promotion. You'll find that because of your work, your manager was able to be promoted higher and get a pay raise that probably triples or quadrupedal what you earn.

    You'll find that your co-workers who been in for years will not care about what you say or do so long as you didn't upset the managements. You'll find that while your co-workers might listen to what you have to say, but ultimately they do not care about the product. They only do so much as long as they are able to complete the job and get management off their back.

    You'll also find that your yearly review rarely happens. There was one point where I had two years review because the other one got overlapped waiting so long. The problem with this isn't HR or with the procedure. Instead the problem is to do with your manager completely ignoring you.

    Also, don't be surprised that when you leave and review your job posting online that most of the stuff they advertise are things you worked on or pushed for and now they're using it to promote new employees into coming into the company.

    The company's greatest weakness is also their greatest strength. Don't just sit there each day working and attempting to fit into this place. You will not but the good news is if you want to you can. You will stay here until the end of time if you want to simply not do anything at all. However, if you don't want to do that then be proactive in what you do. Remember, managers do not care so long as they look good, and your co-workers might not really care about what you do. So this means you can do the very best you can. Why? Because after a few years when you start to realize it's hopeless, you can actually build a resume that is powerful on many fronts. If you can learn technologies out there, and integrate them into your work at Dominion Enterprises, then that makes you that much more marketable and appealing. Remember, you will not be promoted for this, nor will you be mentioned. Your manager will use this to promote their own positions so do not be surprised at all because of this. Your co-workers will not be interested in this technology and might see it as a road block and tell it off unless your manager got promoted because of it. Your manager will listen to these co-workers because they have seniority over you. Instead, simply ignore it all and continue with this. You will eventually find that you have a really good resume to sell off. Just don't be surprised when you leave that what you did is actually the main selling point of your new position.

    Remember, nothing is forever and things can change suddenly. Instead, enjoy your time here. Aside from the lackluster career, everything else at Dominion Enterprises is good to go. Don't be so angered if your co-workers, who been here forever and a day, tell you off on your idea. Don't be angered if your co-worker continuously release and commit code that doesn't even function but yet "passes" because it does the main thing they want. Don't be angered if you find that you worked on something for weeks and it got released and upper management reviewed it and wanted one sentence changed and your manager asks another co-worker to change the text only to have the entire project tied to their name. Don't be angered if your manager cannot or does not even know what you did for the company. Instead, take it all in and remember you can make a change and for the better. Good luck.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overworked, underpaid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dominion Enterprises

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, 401k match is fantastic, excellent resources for training, upward mobility

    Cons

    Sales reps are underpaid (commissions are not competitive at all). Company is way too top-heavy...too many managers of managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Is there really no room in the budget to ensure your sales people (the ones who drive your business) are compensated properly. Less than 1% on commissions in some cases...is a joke!

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  5.  

    Internets Sales Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dominion Enterprises

    Pros

    Great Hours and flexible management

    Cons

    Pay should be higher . Management needs better training programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Watch your back

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Dominion Enterprises

    Pros

    Company culture is awesome! Activities and benefits are great with some of the best in the area. Employees "seem" generally happy.

    Cons

    Favoritism abounds! Beware the "open door policy". If you go to the boss's boss prepare to be written up - hard. They seemed very lenient at the time, but absences became a player in the write up. It definitely depends on the supervisor you have as to how happy you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management knows there is a salary mismatch of the jobs being performed. We spend hundreds of thousands on training, but they do not have a corporate trainer on site and spend money every month to fly them to the corporate location. Couln't we have that moey towards our paychecks?

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overgrown missionless bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Dominion Enterprises full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great lower level people create a very inclusive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Management can seem hostile (favoritism is rampant) at times and simply bloated and inefficient the majority of times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out waste and focus on a more motivational culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Giveth and taketh away

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA

    I worked at Dominion Enterprises full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Training in Norfolk was top-notch
    Lot of potential
    Pay was decent

    Cons

    but for the inflexibility of my then manager, who did a 180 when I told her I needed time to be with a terminally ill family member, I'd still be there...probably in her job..ha

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    call a spade a spade and get rid of some of the middle management rif-raf

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    I am honestly surprised this company is still in existence...

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Dominion Enterprises full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The best pro about this company is its location, also there was a lot of flexibility given with personal life but I honestly think that was because of my particular manager.

    Cons

    This company needs to work on their business practices which are so undefined you truly are in a state of confusion at all times. Management needs to be reconsidered in regards of qualifications and consistency. It seemed to be that everyone around me was content on doing things haphazard, wrong, without any kind of communication with other teams in which their job was dependent on a goal getting met...there was never any questions asked, just a team of frustrated and confused workers doing things the way they have been told even if it made no sense. New systems were implemented without in plan in place. The worst factor was the moral of the company. Between the blame game and petty and unnecessary dislikes going on, it made for a very tense environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IF this company doesn't fold with the next couple of years, I would suggest management (QUALIFIED) get in a room and do a total overhaul of their business plans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going down hill fast

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    Current Employee - Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Dominion Enterprises full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, good location, good employee initiatives

    Cons

    Terrible pay scale...Other companies are snatching of good employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the top Management and find someone that knows how to run a "technology company" Lack of leadership is destroying this company. The print way is history.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Dominion Enterprises full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    MSDN Subscription, HR and Purchasing are first rate.

    Cons

    It depends on the team your are on, but the team to which I was assigned had little to no direction and the communication was poor and sporadic. Had worked on a large project with NO documented requirements, NO Full time Business Analyst, and again the direction of the project was ambiguous and subject to change on a whim.

    Personal measures of performance were completely subjective and arbitrary. I would not recommend this department to anyone who wants to move forward in their career. The only management tool my boss used was to write me up. That shouldn't be the first step as a matter of course.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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