Green Mountain Energy

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Green Mountain Energy Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place To Work For The Right Personality Type

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    Former Employee - Sales Agent  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in New York, NY

    I worked at Green Mountain Energy part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great, friendly team members to work with, supportive team-leaders/management, FLEXIBLE scheduling, potentially good pay (commission only) IF you're good at street sales.
    IF you're good at street sales (i.e. being able to stop people on the street, rapport, overcome objections and close a sale and not get discouraged by a lot of no's), the pay can be good ($20+ per hour. and beyond). I was not good at street sales, but definitely saw team members that were who had been with the company quite some time. If you're have a friendly, assertive, persistent and out-going nature and, of course, care about the environment, it might a great fit for you.

    Cons

    You have to sometimes carry a somewhat heavy table to your scheduled places. It can be quite taxing attempting to stop people for five hours (typical length of a shift) and have so many people ignore you, etc. You have stay positive in spite of that in order to keep the good sales vibes flowing. Commission-based (when you're doing good it's great, when you're not, commission only sucks). They do have a minimum wage guarantee, however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think more paid training should be done on field with few senior agents to get inspired by different styles. I also think that newer agents should get additional refresher training with seasoned agents (on the filed-- intellectually talking about it and role-playing isn't the same), revisiting the same topics on a deeper level and fine-tuning as they progress.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The people make it worthwhile, if you can sell.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Portland, OR

    I worked at Green Mountain Energy part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people you work with are the best part about this job. There wasn't really anyone I worked with that I didn't like, or wouldn't have a beer with after work. The schedule is very flexible, and the response to the product is good in the Portland Area. If you can sell you can really make a good amount of money for little work.

    Cons

    The work can be exhausting, you're constantly battling the weather and walking for long periods of time. If you work within 20 miles of the downtown office (which is pretty much everywhere you will go) you will not be reimbursed for gas or any other expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reimburse your employees for their expenses, and they will work harder for you. Also take some of the load off of the sales team leads or pay them more, they bust their butts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Green Mountain Energy used to be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Green Mountain Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Green Mountain Energy used to offer great company-paid benefits (medical, dental, vision & life insurance). The office culture was very laid back. The dress code was business casual, but there was a lot of latitude given. The work-life balance was usually pretty fair, except during critical projects where extended hours were required. The company had a great vision and mission, in an emerging market with vast potential for growth. The paid time off was very generous and getting the days approved was never an issue. It was a great place to learn about the retail energy industry.

    Cons

    The big downside to working there was that the culture of the whole company gradually changed after being purchased by NRG Energy in 2010. Most of the tenured employees have left the company and it really now is more of just one of NRG's many brands than an actual independent company. The insurance benefits are no longer paid by the company, the dedication to the environment is gone and employee recognition programs have been terminated. The laid back office culture has been replaced by micromanaging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    okay

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Agent  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Field Sales Agent in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Green Mountain Energy part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Super flexibility, good company philosophy, and the uniforms are quite nice.

    Cons

    Hard for people without cars. No guaranteed salary and very inconsistent, especially if you're a weak sales agent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beef up training and add more benefits.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fun while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Green Mountain Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    GMEC was a great place to work for several years. Great benefits if low pay. Great culture. The employees and leadership made the company the leading green energy brand.

    Cons

    Shortly after corporate acquisition by NRG, GMEC leadership changed and with that everything else. Now Green Mountain is fully integrated into a large family of generic energy products from multiple brands (and former competitors). GM would be the lead "green" brand but there isn't much left to distinguish GM from the rest. High turnover in the past 18 months. How long will the Austin office last?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Job review

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    Former Employee - Renewable Energy Sales Agent  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Renewable Energy Sales Agent in New York, NY

    I worked at Green Mountain Energy part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to be in if you have a lot of energy. The job provides a lot of flexibility with regards to hours.

    Cons

    Team lead posted schedules very late (sometimes the day of the shift).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make sure each team lead posts the schedule at least 3 days in advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - SG&A  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - SG&A in Austin, TX

    I worked at Green Mountain Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture built around respect for the environment and passion for the future of energy in the USA.

    Cons

    Nothing negative: Plenty of opportunity to problem solve be part of the team. At the time, Green Mountain only served in Texas and New York, mainly due to the differing regulatory bodies in each region. I believe it is available in more states now.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was a horrible experience

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    Former Employee - Marketing Consultant  in  Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Consultant in Bethlehem, PA

    I worked at Green Mountain Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay is good if your good at this area of work or able to train yourself to be good

    You can make a lot of money

    You have a full day to make money Thier is no scheduled time to clock out

    Cons

    The pay sucks because you enroll one customer but it's a one shot commision it's not a residual income that every month they pay for the product you will gain money , it's a one time deal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better managers that are independent contractors and that don't screw you over by not paying you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good product Poor Leadership

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Green Mountain Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Promoting and distributing clean energy is a good thing. There is a sense of "I've done something good today" at the end of a shift.

    Cons

    Some of the management lacks experience, confidence, and competence. This leads to them fearing that those whom they "manage" may be advanced above them within the company. The result is some managers spending their time discounting the contributions of their best reps while simultaneously taking credit for any and all success that the sales team has. Promises are made and then never fulfilled. Sales Reps have no tracking system to ensure they are paid for all of their enrollments and bonuses. Promised expense reimbursements are not paid. Green Mountain falls under the NRG umbrella along with Reliant and others. In many markets Green Mountain is competing with Reliant and NRG for customers. It can become very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on performance and competence. Allot more resources towards full time sales teams by employing professionals with some guaranteed pay. Be realistic in your growth projections, don't hire every person that walks through the door as a sales rep, and put your top producers and experienced people into full time, salaried positions.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mission to change the way power is made

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Austin, TX

    I worked at Green Mountain Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great mission, PTO is generous, Platinum LEED certified work environment, and hard working/ passionate co-workers

    Cons

    No room for advancement unless you are willing to move. The company is merging more and more with their sister companies and becoming a brand - not a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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