Energy Solutions Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Inspiring place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Energy Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great people and mission. The company culture is relaxed and work is flexible. There are seemingly endless opportunities to develop and work on interesting and challenging projects.

    Cons

    There isn't always much structure or effective senior management providing clear company direction. Staff performance is not always correlated with seniority.


  2. Great company, great future, growing pains.

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

    I have been working at Energy Solutions full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Clear mission that is easy to align with. Staff level employees are best in class. Significant growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Value metrics can be clarified. Company is at a growth crossroads and is finding its way.

    Advice to Management

    clarify value metrics.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Drives talent away.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Energy Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work/life balance is pretty good, and the non-management-level people are good to work with.

    Cons

    The benefits are so terrible I'm surprised they're legal. Bad pay, bad management, no training for new hires, and high turnover.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Decent work/life balance, but middle management can be really frustrating

    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Energy Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off is relatively easy to take, lots of young, smart people working there

    Cons

    The biggest issue is management. Like others have said, middle management is not great. There is a tendency to promote people based on their ability to administer programs and achieve program goals. But that means your direct boss is likely to be a micro-manager who is good at task work, but not good at managing people. There seems to be an assumption on the part of senior management that if you are smart you can be a good manager and that's just not the case. These folks need training first. I would also echo the comment that the work can be monotonous.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Over I enjoy it as it's a good place to work, but not a fan of a few things...

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

    I have been working at Energy Solutions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and outgoing culture. Seeking growth. Great mission. Company shares similar goals: environmental sustainability. CEO has active part in operations--"practices what he preaches". Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Operates as an employee-owned company, which doesn't really make sense for goals of long-term growth. Not a fan. Pay is just not good enough. Lacking leadership in middle management--at times employees are lacking direction.

    Advice to Management

    Develop middle management. Effective leadership is essential, and it's clear some levels of management have no idea how to lead others. Reevaluate compensation packages in a way that they can actually compete with other opportunities. There's nothing worse than knowing you can get paid more for doing the same, if not less than what you already are doing.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good people, good working environment, low pay

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

    I have been working at Energy Solutions

    Pros

    flexible schedules; surrounded by intelligent, hard working people; strong values; great atmosphere at work; interesting mix of projects; mission driven company

    Cons

    there is a general consensus that everyone feels undervalued in terms of compensation; promotions seem more based on tallying up years of experience than evaluating actual performance

    Advice to Management

    a more competitive salary is needed to keep the great people here doing great work


  8. Helpful (3)

    Growing pains

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

    I have been working at Energy Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company culture, focusing on a great work-life balance. Mission oriented company with a diverse portfolio of work. Highly educated coworkers who are dedicated to energy savings and the environment.

    Cons

    Company has grown substantially in last few years and does not the internal processes to handle the change. Poor middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Develop middle management to better utilize resources.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good work balance and an okay place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Energy Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and good work environment

    Cons

    Lower than average compensation. No standard holidays. No PTO. If you're sick for 2 weeks you'll make $0

    Advice to Management

    push management for better compensation and better training opportunities


  10. Great company, but work can be monotonous

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

    I worked at Energy Solutions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great senior management, frequent promotions, happy hours

    Cons

    Low salary, work can be monotonous at times

    Advice to Management

    Consider offering a more competitive compensation package.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Okay place to work

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

    I have been working at Energy Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good employees to work with.

    Cons

    They do not take care of their good employees with adequate compensation.



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