Energy Curtailment Specialists

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Energy Curtailment Specialists Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
16 Reviews
2.6
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Nice people, good working environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Solutions Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering Solutions Manager in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Energy Curtailment Specialists full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed environment, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Salary not competitive. Leadership not attentive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Empty Promises.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Energy Curtailment Specialists full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    ECS is ideal for the young professional, or maybe a seasoned professional looking to gain experience in the energy industry. The environment is very casual and management is lenient with schedules for employees' personal obligations.

    Cons

    Shortly after you start working at ECS, you'll begin to notice the amount of disgruntled and frustrated employees you meet steadily increase. Certain things you would naturally expect in certain work environments are simply inconsistent, vaguely explained, touchy subjects, or altogether nonexistent.

    The power structure is reserved for 3 people (now 2, being that the president "resigned"). These people are inaccessible and sit behind closed doors. They run the show via puppet managers who lack independent thought. The majority of those in management have been placed in their positions because the few in the power structure like them personally. Qualifications and experience are not considered when promotions are given. They're not even posted for you to apply. Just like that, you have a new boss. If you plan on moving up the ranks at ECS and you're a woman or minority, here are your odds: There is only one woman and zero minorities in management. Since its inception in 2001, ECS has yet to promote one minority to management.

    Communication between departments is, for lack of better words, a disaster. Even communication within departments is a disaster. The central database is obsolete. Each department has their own database that links to the obsolete one, and things fall through the cracks all the time.

    If you intend on working in the sales department, you will never see the commission structure. Your commission cannot be verified. It cannot be kept track of during the quarter. There will be varying formulas given to you by senior reps, but there will be no official formula given to you. You'll receive a check. It'll be late. It'll be extremely low, and when you ask management about it, they'll say commission should just be considered "icing on the cake."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It might not be the advice they're looking for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    A few highs with many lows

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

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

    Pros

    ECS is a good place for a young, college grad that is looking to get their first real office job. The benefits are very fair, the pay is okay, and ECS is a top player in a growing industry. ECS will be around for many years, but ECS will only get better, grow the way it should, and hit its true potential with new management in place.

    Cons

    Many things to write about, but don't believe everything you read on this site. The company is not always getting sued, we don't refuse to pay people what they are promised, every single manager has been promoted from within, and the former owners (terrible leaders with a great business idea) are long gone. The issue is that all of the "management team" that was left behind after the sale are just plain and simple terrible leaders and they refuse to accept it or even think that for one minute, they are a part of the problem and can improve themselves. They are perfect, they know everything, how to fix everything, yet we have the same issues each week. After a few months of working here, you will become very unmotivated, you will see that 18 out of 19 key managers are male, and you'll see how the part time president only speaks to 3 people when in the office. Many "leaders" hide behind closed doors and are not approachable. They are never proactive with issues, always re-acting. There is no communication across departments and there is no effort to ever improve that. We are a sales company that has huge compliance requirements, but the two leaders of those departments refuse to get along, the president can't fix it, and it is very clear to the whole company that they can't get along.

    Until something changes, it will be the same old ECS. A great business idea, plenty of revenue coming in the door, but the way management runs the place, employees will never be fully engaged in their job, they will never be held accountable the way they should, and true professionals will continue leaving ECS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bar needs to be higher for everyone. When the bar is set low, employees don't achieve much outside of the status quo. The whole management team needs to meet more than once a month or just when something is wrong. We need more diversity. Something needs to be done to get all employees on the same page and going towards the same goals, all as one company. ONE GOAL - ONE COMPANY. Decisions need to be made faster, and in most cases, a decision just needs to be MADE.

    My real advice to senior management is simple: look in a mirror and realize, hey I'm not Jesus, I don't have the ability to walk on water and turn water into wine, maybe I can improve some. It all starts with communication, respect, and teamwork...the stupid things that the CEO keeps pushing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    SERIOUS SALES REP'S LOOK ELSEWHERE COMPANY DOESN'T PAY AS PROMISED

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Energy Curtailment Specialists full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great Individuals to talk with and work with.

    Cons

    Company put's out incentives then find a way not to pay out!!!!!!

    Company promises high commission money. If you think a couple hundred bucks is high well then you would be in the right place.

    Company says they promote with in. Ask around you will find that is not really the case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company in transition, plenty to complain about but overall was treated fairly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Energy Curtailment Specialists full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, company outings are enjoyable/family friendly, always allowed us to leave a couple hours early before holidays, fair HR dept., decent pay, some really great co-workers, solid benefits.

    Cons

    All about making $, period...and they make the majority of their profits during the summer months so vacation time needs to be staggered between departments. Event days are chaotic (and can run 3-5 days straight, customers get livid) Communication between departments is laughable, 30 minute break is very restrictive and heavily watched, had to walk on egg shells constantly with any constructive criticism of company, managers will listen to you but won't change a thing to save their butts and not rock the boat. Favoritism is a factor (i.e. if a manager has a crush on somebody working with/below you, they'll be promoted first)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication between departments desperately...sales staff is told one thing, research is told another, also develop a better system of communication to customers. Often left in the dark too often about the intricacies of the DR program, especially during events.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Serious Professionals look elsewhere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior DR Program Advisor in Cheektowaga, NY
    Former Contractor - Senior DR Program Advisor in Cheektowaga, NY

    I worked at Energy Curtailment Specialists as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    They did provide flexible hours if needed. I met some very nice people that I hope to remain in contact with.

    Cons

    Poor communication with management, job was not as described, no way to track commissions, daily calling to potential clients to the point of harassment. Pay. Lack of training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and work with them to create a better environment. This is a perfect job for someone beginning in sales, not professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Small company with an identity complex

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pretty flexible if you have family concerns

    Cons

    In turmoil due to buyout. Some long-time employees are given undeserved deferential treatment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Favoritism creates resentment

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    A positive, fun, and enjoyable place to be employed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Energy Curtailment Specialists full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Very friendly and positive people.
    -Flexible work schedule... different start/end times dependent on the employee's needs.
    -Good benefits, including 401k, health and dental insurance, paid vacation, short and long-term disability, relaxed atmosphere and dress code, free gym access, and life insurance opportunities.
    -Early departure the day before holidays.
    -Bake sales, fundraisers, company gatherings outside of work.
    -Very flexible HR department when it comes to days off or making up time due to sickness, child care, home emergencies, etc. As long as you're honest, make the effort to be at work, and don't abuse policy, it all works out.
    -Safety committee... small internal group holds regular meetings, assessing potential hazards and coming up with positive changes to ensure the health and safety of the employees.
    -Industry leader as a demand response provider. Energy programs and services help commercial and industrial businesses reduce their energy costs and usage.

    Cons

    -Communication between departments can be difficult sometimes. Knowing what sections of a given department or departments as a whole are doing can stimulate creative thought, new possibilities towards solving the same goals, and keeping everyone in the loop.
    -A small number of bad apples in the company whose end goal is to whine and complain, yet never speak up or offer suggestions when called out by management or given the chance to make things better. FYI... you don't need to receive accolades each time your do your job correctly. That's what a paycheck is for. Sure, recognition is nice to receive from time to time, however your misery really doesn't like company and instead brings down others who find you insufferable. You need to remember that you have a job (and a good one, at that) in Buffalo, NY. That in itself is a win-win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Invest in your employees (literally and figuratively). Give them reasons to stay and continue to develop their careers with you. Ask for their advice. They may seem like a number at times, but these are the building blocks that can make this company greater.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company with huge opportunity

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

    I have been working at Energy Curtailment Specialists full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity
    Great culture
    Recognition for work
    Enjoyable niche market
    Marketing Department

    Cons

    Buffalo has long winters
    Nothing to bad to say, feel pretty great here.

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

    Repeated kicks to the nuts

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Developer in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Energy Curtailment Specialists full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -15 minute commute
    -Co-workers
    -Free Gym
    -Taco Truck

    Cons

    -Salaried employees are still required to clock in/out
    -30 minute lunch
    -StogieBoys
    -Nepotism rampant within certain sub-companies, which in turn makes your job harder as a competent individual
    -High developer turnover
    -Lack of professionalism from the top down
    -No benefits or personal time for 6 months
    -Will lowball your salary requirement
    -Treated like an office sheep, even with a strong technical background
    -Lack of ticketing system for IT projects, project planning and communication
    -Work on Saturdays (sometimes)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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