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Duke Energy Reviews

Updated January 11, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015
16 Reviews
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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.  

    Like working for the government.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke Energy

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Think like a utility rate payer.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The Merger ruined a perfectly good company

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

    I worked at Duke Energy

    Pros

    The family of people working there

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Meeting "delivery" requirements overshadows doing the right thing.

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Middle Management focused on their own accomplishments and bonuses.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Putting people above profit unless you are a contractor

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nuclear is backwards and not at all up to date on tech as the interview makes you think

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

    I have been working at Duke Energy as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Stable if you can avoid the political pitfalls, good people when they are not playing politics

    Cons

    some people have been at the company so long that they are stuck in thier ways and they have no respect for new talent they want a zombie that follows orders and is willing to work in the stone age of .net.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that new approaches are not the devil and your support staff need to update their skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Most passive aggressive environment

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

    I worked at Duke Energy as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    the pay was very good

    Cons

    no training, original supervisor replaced by a contractor who had no people/resource management skills. shabby office conditions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront with expectations and goals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Duke was a good place to work several years ago but with all the mergers and management changes its not the same..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operator in Terrell, NC
    Former Employee - Operator in Terrell, NC

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

    Pros

    Very high pay for the work done. You get a lot of days off with a rotating schedule. Top pay is almost $35 an hour for fossil operators.

    Cons

    There is no support from management. Hard work gets you no where with the company. Benefits have been cut over the last few years and now they are pushing high deductible insurance on everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to worry less about mergers and more about your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    North & South - a tale of two misaligned cultures

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Steady income, just okay benefits

    Cons

    Organization doesn't know innovation and ostracizes employees who attempt to bring new ideas to the table. Management is too busy putting out daily operational fires to care about a long or short term strategic vision. Little to no career paths. Mergers have further divided company into factions and simple decisions now take months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to start listening to employees and learn the definition of innovation. If you weren't selling electricity, you'd be out of business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Duke's way or the highway

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Crystal River, FL
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Crystal River, FL

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. The people I work with (local) are good people.

    Cons

    Progress Energy was bought out 2 years ago by Duke. The corporate machine changes are now coming down and all is not well. Duke is changing things just to let us all know who is in charge. Some things don't work for particular sites, but that doesn't matter as long as it matches what every other site in Duke is doing. Too much emphasis on corporate matching. On top of that, Duke just slashed it's non-bargaining unit employees pay and benefits in Florida, and is currently working on doing the same to the bargaining unit employees. It's not a cost cutting measure to save jobs or keep the company afloat. It's not even industry standard, it's pure corporate greed and Duke trying to be the "trend setters"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees that actually make the company money, not just senior level managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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