Enviva Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Excellent Company!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enviva

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, but flexible for family.

    Cons

    The turnover in upper management Can be frustrating.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Hiring of a Construction Team to act as CM or EPC isn't working - its a joke and costing Enviva excessive money

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Enviva

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They offerwhat seems to be a higher than normal salary , but inst after expenses Enviva believes they can save money by acting as their own CM / EPC / GC firm as is attempting to create one ____ but have had no success on projects to date. It seem to be that Contractors on past and present projects have hit them up with Change Orders ( because of changes and ill defined scope ) which they believe they can better manage themselves.

    Cons

    Very high turn over of direct hire Construction management personnel on all (2) projects in the past year. Actual project starts dates are delayed for 6 months plus and relocation to job sites delayed . Employee must pay their own expenses to stay in Raleigh while the project is delayed, or drive 60 - 150 miles( 1 way ) from jobs sites to Raleigh to report to work each day ( with no reimbursement ) if they relocate to Job sites and project is delayed. Projects that are not out of the ground yet are already over budget , money is being transferred from one project to another to other projects to make financials look good . 2 projects already funded will likely be over budget prior to completion , seeing as they are already forecast to exceed the budget and are transferring money . There was a huge push for hiring in Raleigh in 2014 and it appears to have been to meet a quota ( possibly for tax credits or IPO ) and not based on actual project needs ,, ground breaking , or actual project start dates . There is little or no direction provided to project teams, No management in place to provide any direction to teams. Only 2 people at Enviva that were involved with previous projects over the past years are currently with the company. Turnover of new hires - PM , construction managers and staff is very high over past 12 months . Most existing salaried Construction Team employees believe they will not have a a job after completion of their current project assignment , and are seeking other jobs already, But some are retirees and are just riding this gig out and dont care about the future. The company expects to hire people and require them to relocate their family to Raleigh, simply to assign them to job sites elsewhere basically full time . They will not to pay for travel home to any location other than Raleigh and they refuse to pay perdiem at the job site , but say they will pay actual expenses out of town. Overtime is expected with no reimbursement IMO , The company is hiring excessively large teams ( 10-15 people) to manage 100M projects , there will be limited or no work for these people after completion of each project Enviva thinks they can purchase equipment smarter , cheaper and t more efficiently or cost effectively than Large Contractors that do it all the time. But is inefficient in doing so.

    Advice to Management

    These are small Capital projects . Hire an experienced CM firm , GC or EPC and let them have complete responsibility for the projects and assume the risk. A team of no more than 3 people at Enviva should be required to manage this size project if the design design is firm . Enviva does not have the experienced personnel or procedures to manage and direct 30 + employees in Construction Management ( more in Engineering ) and should not take on procurement and ownership of all Equipment packages. Let Contractors carry the risk . Act as a professional Ownerand hire an Engineering Company, EPC or GC and focus on driving them.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Challenging work environment but unappreciative and elitist senior management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Ahoskie, NC
    Former Employee - Operations in Ahoskie, NC

    I worked at Enviva

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

    Pros

    Peers are good people. Business if exciting and new. Growth of company. Early culture was incredible.

    Cons

    Safety and environmental performance is horrible. New plants that look like they were built 20 years ago. Lip service to quality and environment. Good safety systems but poor plant design leading to issue with dust. Current culture reminds me of a slave ship. Daily beatings until moral improves. Production above all else no matter what they say. Words and deeds mismatch.

    Advice to Management

    You are out of touch with what is happening at your plants. The accountants, finance teams are destroying value nearly as fast as moral. A culture of fear driven by a management team all kissing up to senior management. CEO is an insincere sociopath. He will probably do great things for the company but at the expense of the environment and the people.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Over ambitious goals but no systems or staff in place to get there

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Enviva as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some really good people with enthusiasm and drive.

    Cons

    Mostly contract personnel on the project team. Not consistent with the company message of "team" Subordinate admin personnel have undue influence over senior management who should know better Management constantly changes the goalposts... there is no way to meet previously agreed goals Treatment of contract employees is deplorable - 2nd. class citizen at best

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Many good people have left / will go if you let the level of incompetence of your senior staff go unchecked


  6. Helpful (5)

    Company does care or value employees

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I worked at Enviva full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A few employees try to help you learn your job.

    Cons

    Senior management only cares about themselves and not their support employees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people the way you want to be treated. Another employee let go 2 weeks later and he got 2 weeks severance and I didn't.



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