Duke Energy

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Duke Energy Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
144 Reviews
3.2
144 Reviews
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Lynn J. Good
23 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • There is a good work/life balance, but only if your manager upholds this value (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • 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)

  • You can get put in some high stress situations and work long hours on depending on what is going on at that time (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management Intern
    Current Employee - Project Management Intern

    I have been working at Duke Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Multiple chances for professional development (professional training courses, resources in company library)
    -At power plants, opportunity to see the outcome of engineering projects
    -Chances to get out of the office, with walk downs, trainings, and other aspects of power plant operation

    Cons

    -Working in the nuclear side of the business, everything slows down due to heavy risk management
    -It is easy to lose sight of goals for large projects, that span 4-6 years.
    -Important, but security concerns/reviews/approvals can greatly impact work and schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be ready to make changes, the traditional utility business model may see change in the near future. Management should make sure employees and the company culture is ready for that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Marketing Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Duke Energy is an excellent company with great benefits.

    Cons

    I do not have anything negative to say about Duke Energy. I worked there for 27 years which tells you how much I loved working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great job that you are doing. I love that Duke Energy is a progressive utility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid Company

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

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

    Pros

    Solid and steady company
    Bonuses are great
    Culture and Values are great

    Cons

    Individual development is lacking
    Salary is not competitive and increases are minimal
    Growth and opportunities depends on manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to promote development of individuals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Duke Energy review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CAD Designer/Drafter  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - CAD Designer/Drafter in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed working for Duke in the past

    Cons

    Would like to work in an area where my skills are put to better use.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Duke's way or the highway

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    • 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 for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    People are good; colossal industry challenges; overworked; under-staffed/paid

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

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

    Pros

    * First of all, Lynn Good is the new CEO so this site needs to be updated. So far, she is strategic and practical. She is personable, well liked and most employees agree this was a good move.
    * On the whole, Duke Energy employees are decent people. Fun to work with.
    * There is a good work/life balance, but only if your manager upholds this value. It is not consistent throughout the company.
    * Nice work environment, but not for the majority of employees. Many work in run down and depressing buildings. Executive offices in old buildings are the only nice areas.
    * Executive leadership is smart and on the whole, good people.
    * Employees really do care about how we serve our customers and go to high levels to make sure our operations are safe and clean.

    Cons

    * Change, change, change, change ... get the point?
    * Don't try and teach an old dog a new trick. Duke Energy hurts itself because too many people have been there for a LONG time and they do not comprehend the importance of integrating modern ideas or technologies into the company culture.
    * Internal technologies and platforms are HORRIBLE and/or outdated. No money for improvements, but a lot of money for other unimportant things.
    * Cuts, cuts, and more cuts! Departments are operating on fumes while overworking their staff with no relief in the foreseeable future. Employees are told to do more with less, but the problem is that they have been doing more with less for years, but now it will get worse.
    * Regulated Utility=No $$. The government and EPA regulate the heck out of the company. Hard work will never equate to a good living and high earning potential unless you are an executive. Go to BP or Shell.
    * Limited potential for promotions. You'll need to leave to climb the ladder.
    * Not all, but most of mid-management (different titles across the company) is the problem. Many do not have the experience or got the job because of good old Duke tenure. Duke fails to train people how to be managers, directors or good communicators.
    * Very top leaders are good peeps, but one who runs several units is well known for ruling with a fist of fear. Those business units are stifled with fog because everyone is afraid to make a decision. This is another reason things will not change.
    * Wasteful spending on loads of contractors.
    * Purple Dinosaur Barney "safety" messages. They treat employees like little kids and even video taped employees to get bad habits on camera!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement 360 evaluations, especially for mid- through top-level leadership. Right now, there is no accountability to employees, who happen to be stockholders.
    Stop using corporate speak

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke Energy

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits for interns.

    Cons

    Not enough interaction with other interns. Did not have much opportunity to tour facilities.

  11.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Distribution Dispatcher  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Distribution Dispatcher in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Duke Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Duke really seems to invest in their employees. There are many programs available, including tuition reimbursement. If you are motivated, the company genuinely appears to be willing to help you upgrade yourself and your career.

    Cons

    Some of the more senior employees are not very receptive to Duke wanting to advance both the company and it's employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a position to assist employees that want to upgrade themselves find applicable programs that would best suit their career goals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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