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Helpful (1)

Buy a big generator...

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Peon in Detroit, MI
Current Employee - Peon in Detroit, MI
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

For the most part, job security is good. Benefits are good, but not what they were 10 years ago. Pay is very good, at least in the plants. The people I work with are great.

Cons

Predatory attendance policy, especially for shift workers. If you miss 3 days in a year, a fourth gets you a letter. Each time you are off after that, you get another letter. They stay in your file for 9-12 months, if you get to the 4th, you're out. Senior Management cuts repair and outage budgets to the bone, even on equipment that is well past "end of life". Most of our tradespeople are within 10 years of retirement, and we have half the number of journeymen we had 10 years ago. Even when we get the money and parts to fix something, we no longer have enough people to get it fixed in a timely manner. Senior Management awards themselves huge bonuses, stock awards, and pay increases, while the message they send us is that we should do more with less. They built a multi million dollar reflecting pool at the 3 office buildings they have downtown, now known as 1 Energy Plaza, formerly 2000 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI. At the same time, they discontinued the profit sharing for represented employees, the ones that make the power, and get it to our customers, and cut a periodic outage on a generating unit back 80% on time and money. Upper mismanagement are looting the company, and inventing executive jobs for their friends. The only concern downtown is what did the stock price do today, and how much money did we make.

Advice to Management

Get some people with an Operating and/or Engineering (real engineering) background in upper management, and listen to them. The plants are falling apart. Stop looking down on the people that do the work, and work with us to fix things, instead of focusing on workforce reduction, and cutting our benefits at contract time. Our company is full of very intelligent people, many of whom are disgusted by the waste and excess downtown, while being told to do more with less, or else. We all want DeCo to thrive, we need partners in Senior Management to make that happen. Not adversaries.

Other Employee Reviews for DTE Energy

  1. Helpful (5)

    It's a decent paycheck, but you'll hate your job most days

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the few companies in Michigan not doing massive layoffs compulsive gamblers will enjoy being right next to the MGM casino

    Cons

    ZERO advancement unless you happen to be in one of the little cliques. 20+ years in the exact same position is common. Many people are vastly overworked and all the execs want to do is "cut cost" more. Management deliberately forces 50% turnover in contractors each year and treats them like dirt, so there is no knowledge transfer in many critical systems.

    Advice to Management

    Do you ever check employee morale, or do you even care? Get off the cost cutting fetish, all that's left is bone. You cheaped out on tree trimming and see what it got you?


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work in a bad economy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly stable place for employment, moderately flexible, free parking, management has integrity, interesting things going on in the company related to renewable energy

    Cons

    Distribution of work is not balanced, some employees are bored, some are overworked. Lack of career advancement opportunities. You can get stuck in the same job for 30 years and then they will promote from the outside. Older workforce. Low employee engagement scores. Low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the talent you have in your younger employees. Harness their ideas and energy and provide opportunities for them to make meaningful contributions to the company. Hold managers accountable. Embrace technology.


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