Duke Energy

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Duke Energy Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
170 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a good work/life balance, but only if your manager upholds this value (in 8 reviews)

  • Flexible Schedules, very manageable workload, Good Benefits (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be difficult at times (in 4 reviews)

  • The inability of local management to offer or guarantee a co-op student a full-time job upon graduation can be frustrating (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible, nerve wracking job for minimal pay. not even the benefits are worth the emotional stress

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Duke Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    At the time I worked here, the benefits were the best part about this job, but looking back now that I have a decent job that doesnt leave me in tears every night I will gladly pay for my own insurrance

    Cons

    everything.. it counted against your "attendance" to use your EARNED paid sick time.. constant harassment and verbal abuse from customers, minimal notice of mandatory overtime, sometimes 14-16 hour work days.. learning you have to stay 2-4 extra hours about 5 minutes before you were scheduled to get off because of bad weather/storms, ridiculous rules like not being able to talk on your cell phone while walking even in the parking lot, unfair schedule bids and vacation bids that allowed seniority to choose first.. actually having to bid to see if you could get Christmas and like holidays off that should be standard.. i could go on, but finally, putting up with all this nonsense while making a pitiful $12 per hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much to list.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average pay, slow environment, miserable co-workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Duke Energy (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you have a pulse you get a check

    Cons

    Very in-bred. A lot of politics and poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate about half the jobs, all the contractors, and most of the managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The top echelon of this Company are the worst humans on the Planet

    Current Employee - Nuclear Electrician
    Current Employee - Nuclear Electrician

    I have been working at Duke Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people work here at the worker level, ie: Power plant, Customer Service, Line Crews,

    Cons

    The top echelon of this Company are the worst humans on the Planet, they steal from there customers over 3 billion dollars in Florida for a power plant that they did not build, and soon it will be billions in North Carolina for the Dan River clean up. Charlatans that's what they are they use there employees who volunteer in the community to try to make the company look good, while behind closed doors they pay large sums of money to politicians for favorable rulings to bilk there customers. They take benefits away from there workers and then give themselves millions of dollars in bonuses and pay themselves 30 even 40 million dollars a year in salaries. Middle and Upper management in this company are Horrible possibly Criminal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a Moral Compass

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor company, unless you work important positions in North Carolina

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Operations in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Duke Energy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, stable job. Generally good benefits.

    Cons

    Incompetent management pervasive throughout company, very slow movement up or down ladder; A LOT of bureaucracy to deal with every day. Company generally extremely inflexible. Expect people less competent to be promoted. Similar to government work in that almost 20% of the workforce has "checked out" and will avoid any work. The best educator for what it's like for most (not all!) Duke Employees? Read Dilbert.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be considered honest, act honestly. Same thing goes for integrity. Don't take a huge bonus the next time you say that all budgets are too tight, and your employees may believe you a bit more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Plant Operator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Operator in Ironton, OH
    Former Employee - Plant Operator in Ironton, OH

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Not much more to bragg on

    Cons

    Understaffed, Long hours, no respect for emplyees,hire on the buddy good ole boy system, plant shut downs go 20-30days 12 - 13 hour days with no days off. Insurance sucks, revolving door for Managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a little mercy on your employees. follow your own company policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Information Technology Project Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT PM in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - IT PM in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Duke Energy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A very good technology advanced company with a large work backlog.

    Cons

    With all the mergers the business' don't have any idea what to do next. Some of the new managers from the mergers are not competent especially nontechnical ones in technical positions. Salaries were good to great, now with all the problems not so good increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics. Stop letting managers burn the assists and not taking care of the long term. Like the ash. Short term profits will run you out of business.

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

    Declining Fast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nuclear Security in Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Nuclear Security in Huntersville, NC

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, benefits, that's really all the pros i can list at this time

    Cons

    Horrible management, people come last, after merger with Progress constant negative change such as removing benefits, schedule changes, moral is bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start managing your people better the quality employees are leaving and will continue to those who place quality of quantity (respect over money) will not tolerate the environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Call center horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. I think if you work outside of the call center. It is a great company to grow with.

    Cons

    Pay rate for call center horrible. First year raise every 3 mts but don't get to excited only 3 cents. Don't expect to move up from call center. If you have high scores they don't want you off the phones.

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

    unfair place to work, racist and favoritism oriented

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Duke Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    if you have the ability to butter your way up, this is a perfect place for you.

    Cons

    hmm let me see.... all my comments below obviously does not apply to all the people in management. also, it only applied to the IT part of the company. I have heard the other sectors of the company are very good. there are few, very few, actually very very few people in the IT part of duke energy that the below points do not apply to.

    1.Racist
    2.Unfair
    3.Favoritism oriented
    4.Just painful office politics.
    5.Communist
    6.pathetic
    7.stupid management
    8.stupid management selecting stupid successors for them
    9.unequal work distribution
    10.incorrect performance appraisal, since performance appraisal depends on how much do you kiss your manager's you know what. it really does not matter how good the quality of your abilities are. your education does not matter. your experience does not matter. your knowledge does not matter. if you dont know how to play the butt kissing game, you will bleed here.

    actually people of color dont even bother to work in the IT sector headed by AR Mullinax.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing to share, dont think it will make any difference. i just want the rest of the charlotte community to know never to even think about coming to work as an IT professional in Duke Energy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A complete mess of a company!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Duke Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you have a pulse you will stay employed - one of the slowest and under performing work forces I have ever experienced. Full of staff augmentation contractors who do the work while Duke employees shuttle to the cafeteria to graze.

    Cons

    A few - The Duke Energy Center (old building in Charlotte) is a total dump - 30+ years old and filthy. Management is unethical (see Progress merger). Workforce works at 3 speeds - slow, slower, slowest. Totally inbred Nuclear program - you start there, you mate there, your children work there. Pay is miserable and tied to the fact there is 5 times the number of employees needed. Worthless IT systems that are totally disconnected and unusable (for example - no remote access with out a Duke boat anchor laptop! - printing is impossible). Never speak your mind or you are a goner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace CEO and to 2 tiers of Executives and start over. Cut half the employees and 75% of the contractors. Getting real work to do is like looking for food in Somalia!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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