Ecova Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
33 Reviews

2.7
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    Ecova

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The people are great. The benefits are descent. This company is in growth mode. Working for a company that tries to help other companies become more sustainable is always a good thing.

    Cons

    Compensation could be a bit better. The biggest issue though seems to be with senior and executive level management. There have been a significant number of poor executive decisions over the last two years that have prevented the company from growing at the pace it should be. The CEO seems to be a really good guy (I like him); but him and his team have unfortunately made some really poor decisions that have put the organization in a hole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's probably is time to overall the ELT.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Be ready for change

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Ecova full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work is dynamic and many of the people are mission driven. You will work with smart people. There is some smart product development utilizing experience across acquired companies.

    Cons

    Lots of upheaval in management. Re-organization makes it difficult to know the direction the company is going to go at any given time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Terrible company - good luck Cofely you just bought yourself a lemon

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Spokane, WA

    I worked at Ecova full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The front line staff are great, hard working people. Some are truly dedicated to what they do.

    Cons

    Where to even begin? Incompetent management, extremely high turnover, dealing with angry clients daily over poor service from Ecova - no thank you. Worst job ever - you can make just as much money and have significantly less stress pretty much anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new owners should clean house, implement real policies and procedures, and actually pay the front line staff a reasonable wage for what they are asked to do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start my career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy my work. Ecova is constantly redefining how we do business, and that leaves a lot of room for creative thinking and thought leadership. As a start-up company that was started by a small group with some big ideas, there is a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that allows everyone to have a venue to contribute. There are some amazing people working for this company who really contribute to the success and growth of their peers.

    Cons

    Teams and leadership are fragmented and unorganized. The true spirit of environmental consulting is often compromised by profit margins and resource availability. You will not get rich working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from past mistakes, put the right leaders with the right experience in the right places; i.e., new business growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Could be better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecova

    Pros

    The strength of this company is definitely its people. Lots of great smart and hard working people that go the extra mile to keep things running.

    Cons

    Offices all over the country creates confusion. Often times the different offices seem to still operate like different companies. Bonuses are non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some meaningful steps to improve morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    My team was the Dream Team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecova

    Pros

    I was able to be apart of a team that was very flexible, understanding, and cooperative.

    Cons

    The pressure of any job, deadlines, management changes, expectation confusion, etc.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Opportunity for growth, so much to learn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecova full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Ecova was built from many acquisitions, so although it is large, it still has the small business feel. The training they have in place for their employees is amazing.

    Cons

    Ecova has been acquiring companies since 2010. This makes for an unstable feel as an employee. You constantly are looking over your shoulder nervous about department cuts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing & Depressing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecova full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A few of the people I worked with were smart, hard-working and dedicated.

    Cons

    Ecova acquired too many companies too quickly and instead of hiring someone to assist with the integration, they simply asked those already over worked to also handle the integration. This has created an unstable company that is losing customers at an alarming rate. Those in positions of management have very little to no idea of how to actually lead people. Their main priority seems to be focused on holding people down and providing as little incentive to stay as possible. Those who work hard each day are given no more respect than those who show up late, take long lunches, leave early, communicate poorly, leave without finishing work, anger or outrage customers, and call in "sick" on a regular basis. This is a significant morale killer and should be addressed by management; however they are often too busy focusing on what position to which they will be promoted to next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your leaders to effective. Managers who are there to only make friends or bar buddies are not effective. Open your eyes before it is too late. If you are making third quarter cuts to make your numbers for the year, perhaps you need to evaluate your yearly game plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A company of current and future needs in the energy management field- fast paced & always moving forward.

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    Current Employee - Utility Invoice Analyst  in  Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Utility Invoice Analyst in Spokane, WA

    I have been working at Ecova full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging yet clear goals for most teams. The managers I've had are very personeable, provide support & personal challenges that are attainable. WIlling to accomodate desk and organizational needs.

    Cons

    The fact that the company is consistantly changing poses challenge, and not everyone likes that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The managers I've interacted with are realistic in their job role support, however also very excited & helpful in giving support in moving forward through the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Paced Company That Seems to be Moving in the Right Direction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to impact the company, fast paced, 2013 benefits.

    Cons

    Communication across departments, unrealistic expectations, lots of new employees that are choosing what they want to do and not what they should be doing since the job positions are so vague here, 2014 benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the clouds and weigh all options before making decisions that are going to impact the organization long term.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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