Duke Energy Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, a lot of people work from home on Fridays (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, great senior management (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance, pay is low for the expectations (in 4 reviews)

  • very difficult to convert an internship into a full-time position (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Used to be a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Charlotte, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with nice people
    Legacy Duke employees were leaders in their field. Legacy Progress, not so much

    Cons

    Painful merger
    Constantly changing criteria for promotion

    Advice to Management

    Stop making the same decisions that put Progress Energy in the position of having to be purchased. I am amazed at the number of former Progress managers who continue to be promoted even though they were unquestionably the poorer performing company pre-merger.


  2. Helps to "know somebody"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainfield, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainfield, IN

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and good company benefits.

    Cons

    Almost impossible to be hired into any decent position; unless you are "in the loop" i.e. good friend, or relative...


  3. Helpful (2)

    My experience has been hampered by the constant hurdles of bureaucracy in every aspect of my work.

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

    I have been working at Duke Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Duke Energy has a good work life balance and is fairly stable. Many of the people working there are very friendly and are great to work with.

    Cons

    Duke Energy's compensation is not that great and would be considered lacking by most. To make matters worse, you will be working alongside contractors who often will make more than you because they are paid hourly rather than salary. Duke Energy also suffers from being over run with bureaucracy. Everything you do at Duke Energy will involve having navigate some convoluted process. You will spend more time dealing with bureaucracy than actually completing your work.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on the meetings! They are way to many meetings. Management also needs to streamline its business processes to make them easier and quicker to navigate so workers can be more productive.


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  5. Customer Service Rep

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

    I have been working at Duke Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There a variety of schedules to choose from.

    Cons

    Seems like advancement is based on favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just say the change you want but be the change and stop micromanaging.


  6. Like working for the government.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke Energy

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Relatively good benefits.

    Cons

    Company is extremely inefficient and continuously getting more inefficient through government type processes. Focus has changed from people to process.

    Advice to Management

    Think like a utility rate payer.


  7. The Merger ruined a perfectly good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The family of people working there

    Cons

    Disconnect from senior management to lower levels, the merger from Progress Energy to Duke


  8. Meeting "delivery" requirements overshadows doing the right thing.

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

    I worked at Duke Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging fulfilling work. Was able to expand my breadth of knowledge and experience. Benefits were decent but not best in class.

    Cons

    In interviews I tell people that I left the company due to the impending merger -- a good politically correct answer. I really left due to my AWFUL manager who was put in his position for one reason and one reason only -- his race, a card he played to get ahead.

    This individual, because he was uneducated and incompetent, micromanaged, bullied and otherwise made our lives MISERABLE. He piled on work to those of us who would do it, because he had absolutely no control over the slackers who wouldn't. I was insulted that he had the opportunity to review me as an employee and had any say in my future with the company.

    Advice to Management

    The bigger the machine, the more scrutiny. Hire and promote the best people for the job. Nepotism, favoritism, racial preference is RAMPANT at the site level and should stop. Half of our department left because of the manager, by either leaving the company or going to other departments. Did you even take note? You had good people leave simply to placate the NAACP.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Poor Middle Management focused on their own accomplishments and bonuses.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Team Supervisor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Production Team Supervisor in Orlando, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is great, benifits continue to decline away to about nothing. not to many positives with the new Duke. It was a much better company to work for when we were Progress Energy and before that Florida Power. There was at least family values within the ranks. Now it's 100% business.

    Cons

    This companies upper and middle management talks the talk but does not walk the walk.. It's all about whats best for them. Safey is always the talk... Don;t get me wrong, I totally beleive in safety, but you have to know how to appoce it in a better way. It's always easier to pull a rope rather than push it. This companies leadership is just to pushy. Wrong approce in so many areas.

    Advice to Management

    Change is NOT always good, tradition is best. Stick to things that work and have always worked . Don't forget your employees have families and lives as well.You will always get more out of someone if you recognize their strengths and not always looking for their weaknesses to beat them down with.


  10. You do not want to be a SRO at Robinson Nuclear Plant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Reactor Operator in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Reactor Operator in Hartsville, SC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people outside of Operations seem to be very happy.

    Cons

    When we were Progress Energy SRO's were paid overtime. Duke doesn't, but we still work the same hours. We typically cannot fully staff 5 shifts of licensed operators, that means overtime every week. It doesn't seem to be getting better anytime soon; our license class throughput has been less than 50% for the past 6 years, and our most recent class was only 28%. Because of the staffing it is very unlikely to continue a career path. It's not like other utilities were SRO's are expected to rotate with other departments (Training, Maintenance, Engineering, etc.). It's just not possible with our staffing.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Putting people above profit unless you are a contractor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Duke Energy as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work from home, safety oriented. Steady work.

    Cons

    If you are hired as a contractor you will always be a contractor. They have no loyalty to contractors that have been there for any real length of time, i.e. 2+ years. I haven't seen a pay raise in 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Give loyal contractors more incentive to stay. Bring us on as employees. Pay raises would be nice too.



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