I worked at E Source full-time for more than 10 years
Pros – Great mission, effective influence on industry dialogue, getting paid to learn and teach
Cons – Executives have governed more by consensus in the past (slow, muddling), every new idea seems to be stuck behind a multi-year web platform development project, my trust and respect for at least one senior exec was seriously damaged when he gave an about-face lie and mischaracterization in a performance review.
Advice to Senior Management – Allow people to focus on what they are good at. Listen to the needs of the Research Department that generates all content for the company. Invest and support Research needs.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-10-14 08:55 PDT
I worked at E Source
Pros – The people are generally pleasant to work with. The benefits package is adequate, and there is some flexibility in terms of work schedule. If you like a lot of structure, where you know what you are supposed to do, this a good place.
Cons – Innovation is actively discouraged despite management's lip service about how wonderful it is. They mean well, but they don't know how to really embrace it. There is a lot of resistance to trying something new because most of the upper management have very narrow experience in their fields and are extremely risk-averse. It is a very conservative company in terms of its business practices, and the fear of failure at this place is pervasive. Employee management practices, particularly with regard to performance reviews, are inept and often destructive. As I said, they mean well, but they lack the depth of experience necessary to practice what they preach successfully. Most of those making the calls have alot of experience at Esource but little elsewhere.
Advice to Senior Management – This company needs a board of directors populated by people with broader experience than those currently running the show.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2011-11-03 09:39 PDT
I have been working at E Source
Pros – Flexible hours, can work from home, variety of work, decent people, well-respected in the marketplace/industry, mostly transparent management, fairly low-stress (don't often take work home).
Cons – Very silo-ed, sluggish for a company this size, too many internal barriers - can't get things done, few consequences for mistakes (which I suppose is good if you're making them - I see it as a con because some people don't get reprimanded for poor work), the industry can be boring/unimpressive.
Advice to Senior Management – Remove barriers to innovation - people have good ideas and the preliminary scoping process is too cumbersome.
2010-07-06 21:08 PDT
I have been working at E Source
Pros – E Source has a unique and leading market position with electric and gas utilities. The culture is tight-knit and the bond with members is solid.
Cons – The tight-knit culture can be parochial at times. There is some lack of trust among employees and clear silos across groups.
Advice to Senior Management – Culture is everything. The management team must display desired behaviors more and drive the culture forward by example. Also, more discipline and accountability across all teams.
2009-10-10 15:20 PDT
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