Duke Energy Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

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    Former Employee - Project Manager, Contingent Worker in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager, Contingent Worker in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duke Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Their commitment to Worker Safety is beyond good. The long time employees are testiment to the former company environment... Salt of the earth and excellent to work with

    Cons

    Very political. Senior management uses their employees as political pawns in a mamoth chess game. If an employee/contract worker is unliked by the wrong person, they are gone.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people with respect and value what they bring, not just how they can advance your climb, and they will move mountains for you.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Protection

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Protection and Control Tech in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Protection and Control Tech in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Energy full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of work. Consistant paycheck.

    Cons

    Once you're in you are an indentured servant. They will actually threaten other companies to keep you on board. Why give you a raise when they can just cut you off from any other jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people or let them go.


  3. Helpful (1)

    A rudderless ship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Numerous Leadership Positions in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Numerous Leadership Positions in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are extraordinary (legacy Duke; not the former Progress employees who have brought in very negative elements). Great teaming, great focus on the customer at most customer facing parts of the organization but noticeably absent at critical levels.

    Cons

    Risk aversion nature killing innovation and suppressing the skills that are desperately needed. Duke is turning into a place that welcomes mediocrity as long as it doesn't disrupt "the ship." Really talented people in their fields would never / should never consider Duke.


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    Sr. IT Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a good company.

    Cons

    Culture changed. Was no longer a fun place to work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Nuclear Security Officer - McGuire Nuclear Station

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Huntersville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay...could be better based on the horrible work schedule alone! Not to mention the wear and tear the excessive equipment puts on your weapons belt but on your body. Oh and they are in the process of issuing each officer their own assault rifle to carry on top of a pistol, handcuffs, gas mask, pepper spray, flashlight, & 3 pistol mags.

    Cons

    Horrible Horrible Horrible upper management in the Security Department. You will not advance if your not a part of the "good ole boy" system..and can completely forget about if if your a WOMAN! Since the merger with Progress Energy things have gotten worse, which we didn't believe was possible. They have gone to a incentive based pay increase system, which again gives the "good ole boys" a way to push everyone out whose not a part of their BS and refuses to be!

    Advice to Management

    GUT the entire upper management and back office and restaff or you have yet to see the worse of your problems!


  7. Helpful (3)

    Bloated Bureaucracy and Nasty Coworkers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Southport, NC
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Southport, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay & Benefits Are Satisfactory. The beach and major amenities are nearby and the cost of living is rather low. Plenty of "opportunities" to succeed. For engineering: for the most part documentation is strong making information relatively trivial to find. Engineering management is very good and fair. Many meals are comp'd by the company which definitely shows the company is showing us we are worthwhile. They also have an amazing relocation package (there are significant cons to it, see cons).

    Cons

    Chronic acceptance of plant problems by management and personnel. They must close their eyes while they are saying "we will not accept problems". If you end up identifying longstanding problems(like they tell you they want you to do) it becomes your problem to solve them. It can be quite frustrating and overwhelming. Coworkers are thickheaded and not receptive to innovative ideas and can be extremely cynical and negative - it is contagious. There is a reason why this facility has struggled for years to even simply make par with regulating organizations - the culture of its employees is terrible! More on that: personnel are very clichy. If you don't agree with them on issues be prepared for your job to be impossible. There is a subliminal level of harassment to this. In all honesty I'd have left within a couple on months of the job initially; however, per the relocation agreement, I'd owe every cent of a hefty sum back if I left within two years of my hire date. There are still quite a few new hires that have left within a couple months of being hired and paid back the money anyway just to get out. I am counting down to my two year mark.


  8. Helpful (2)

    The organization leadership is poor at best

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere with minimal accountability and expectations

    Cons

    Leadership throughout the organization is not the best. Individuals are placed in roles without experience or knowledge. Most managers have never been trained to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Place individuals in roles for which they are qualified to perform. Instill a performance based compensation structure and remove all of the incompetent leaders from their existing roles. With an average employee age of 55, the organization has yet to begin succession planning. Run the business like a business, not a monopoly for which the cost of running the business is consistently overlooked and passed on to the ratepayers.


  9. Dysfunction

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You could work 40 years doing nothing and still get paid.

    Cons

    Management is completely incompetent. If they were not guaranteed to make a profit they would already be out of business.

    Advice to Management

    Next round of headcount reductions, start by getting rid of the person you see in the mirror.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Will not advance in this company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I really didn't like working for this company which is why I left

    Cons

    More managers than workers. Management out of Charlotte treated employees badly, made them feel worthless, made derogatory comments, accusations, sarcastic comments. If you weren't a Duke employee and were a former Progress Energy employee then they basically treated you like crap.

    Advice to Management

    10 managers and one worker doesn't work, treat the people who actually do the work for you with some respect and show appreciation when they complete projects ahead of schedule


  11. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Duke Energy full-time (More than a 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 Management

    Too much to list.



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