Duke Energy

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Duke Energy Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
153 Reviews
3.3
153 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 3 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.  

    Poor management at local power plant level.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Power Plant Employee in Owensville, IN
    Current Employee - Power Plant Employee in Owensville, IN

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

    Pros

    Salary and job security.

    Cons

    Poor management at the local level. And that would be the management above the front line supervision. It is very clear that the upper management at the plant I work at has little concern for the employees or the equipment and their sole focus is their own advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To upper corporate management: Send representatives to Gibson Station! Local management is running it into the ground. The equipment is falling apart, engineering is useless, and local upper management treats the front line supervision like dirt. The upper station management lets equipment fail even when told about problems, the excuse is always "the budget will not allow it". We know that they are being deceptive to corporate about the condition of the plant. The local upper management only is concerned about their promotability and in their eyes that means coming in under budget. The local upper management is failing the company and it's employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineering Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineering Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Duke Energy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some good technical experience. Great name to have on resume. A few coworkers were amazing to work with.

    Cons

    Not enough work given to interns. Often times sat around surfing the internet aimlessly for hours (after continuously asking for more work). A lot of the work given was database entry/organization. Lack of opportunity. No mentor-ship or professional development. Supervisor maybe talked to me 5 times the entire summer. Full time engineering jobs seem to be "cookie cutter" jobs across the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change culture in nuclear to bring the next generation of young employees in. Encourage professional development and reward hard working employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Duke has it's positives and negatives

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Duke Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Duke has a family-like culture. It's a more laid back, non-stressful environment. Good work-life balance, a lot of people work from home on Fridays. They are trying to get more progressive but sometimes it seems like they are stuck in a good ol boys culture.

    Cons

    I enjoy working here but there is a stagnant, non-innovating air to the corporate office. They don't convert contractors very often and they rely too much on contractors.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most passive aggressive environment

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    • 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 as a contractor (less than an 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
  7. 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
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    • 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
  8.  

    The forgotten state

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    - Great if you move to Charlotte
    - If your job is regional (digging ditches/climbing poles) then you are safe in OHIO.

    Cons

    - Ghost town because of consolidating, relocating and/or forcing retirement after becoming the largest Electric Utility in the nation.

    - Promising the North Carolina Commisions so many bodies will remain in Raleigh (old headquarters for Progress Energy) caused upper management to put importance on Raleigh and Charlotte employees and less importance on Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

    - Morale at an All Time LOW with many employees assuming that a buy out is pending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit fearing the idea of telecommuting from other states by promoting the false sense that "the only way to breed creativity is if everyone on your team is in the same room working together". If you want to retain top talent then let them collaborate using telecommunications and they will get the job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    lead engineer

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

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

    Pros

    job security and good pay / benefits

    Cons

    promotional opportunities are not much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My experience was pleasant and the company always put safety first.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fire Watch in Seneca, SC
    Current Employee - Fire Watch in Seneca, SC

    I have been working at Duke Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Safety regulations and procedures were extensive and followed through very well.

    Cons

    At the Oconee plant there was not enough parking during outages and it caused issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better parking system

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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