IGS Energy Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
22 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wasted time...

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    Former Employee - Direct Customer Representative
    Former Employee - Direct Customer Representative

    I worked at IGS Energy as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Loved my co-workers. They were a good group of guys to hang out with on the way to towns we knocked doors in. Going into the field I met a lot of interesting people.

    Cons

    Wasn't paid for many deals I thought I was getting credit for. I was told our cancellation rate would be around 35%, but after a few months I was told it was actually 65%. There are too many stipulations and small errors that will cost you deals. The weather could be really brutal at times,and so could some of the customers, but that's just the nature of the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more scrupulous with who you contract your sales management to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Scam alert.

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    Former Employee - Trainee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Trainee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at IGS Energy as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Working with people is always a rewarding experience and tough sales jobs such as this certainly offer the opportunity for personal growth and if you can hack it, hone the skills necessary to succeed in the sales market.

    Cons

    This company hires on employees under the pretense that you are to be a trainee for management. I was hired as an independent contractor and this is how they get you... you have to work 6 days a week, 8 hours a day, with no base pay, and for commissions only. The average worker that I have seen makes 3 sales a day and is compensated $10 per sale.

    In the interview and pep talks after being hired, it was stated that they are looking for people who had not gone to college and have no prior experience in business so that they could "mold them". It became very clear that they had hand picked those that were desperate and/or had not furthered their education. They offer no benefits, no overtime pay, no compensation pay for gas (since it is door to door sales and you carpool around with your fellow co-workers often times in your own vehicle for great distances), no consistent sales training, no managerial training, and no cross training of any sort. Every so often a guest speaker comes in to make more promises and keep you motivated.

    It was obvious to me that they are manipulating the social networks of the "trainees" with promise of advancement. The language used to keep people selling is very cult like in its execution and intent. They even make a regular speech about how your friends and family will doubt you, your job, how they want to hold you back and keep you down... and how you just have to keep with it to reap the benefits. To illustrate the use of my metaphor; after coming to my senses I was greeted with anger and hurt feelings when attempting to bring the facts of our job to my co-workers.

    It is partially true about advancement. If you somehow manage to do decent with sales, and keep a roof over your head with food on your plate, you will get to open your own branch...And you will be expected to recruit a new batch of "trainees" to go out and make sales that you will then receive commissions on. In other words, you go from being manipulated to being the manipulator.

    In effort of full disclosure as to the dangers of accepting work here with high hopes; there are 40 people in the training program in San Jose. All are told that they will receive their own branch to manage. However, the bay area is only so big. Where are these people going to open up a branch? You are told you can move to other states that have deregulated natural gas...but on what income will any of them be able to afford a move to another state, or even a different city?

    This job is a scam. Please heed my warning and stay away!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with the respect they deserve and pay them fairly for their efforts to further the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Previously wonderful company has stopped caring about customers and employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and interesting work

    Cons

    Management, employee loyalty-they have no loyalty to hard-working, loyal employees. They love nepotism. When they started they were amazing and customer and employee centered. They have become obsessed with money and have stooped to practices that they once publicly criticized other companies for practicing. Their moral compass has become very skewed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire some of the newer upper management employees that have skewed your focus and return to the core values you once held.

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

    Drink the Kool Aid

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IGS Energy

    Pros

    Cafeteria that is on site is ok and they have a small gym

    Cons

    Hire young people
    Long hours expected
    attendance policy
    Don't listen to employees concerns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Diversity in hiring

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was misinformed of the products, therefore involuntarily lied to people

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    Former Employee - Energy Consultant  in  Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - Energy Consultant in Modesto, CA

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

    Pros

    The money was there, just out of reach. They put you up in 2 bed hotel rooms...3 or 4 to a room...

    Cons

    They lied to me completely. I was misinformed of the reading of energy bills, so I thought i was saving people money, but really I was raising their rate. I have recieved angry calls from customers who have my personal line...ugh. a nightmare.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs to be more professional in dealing with customers and employees ,

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IGS Energy

    Pros

    Very modern office with gorgeous work spaces

    Cons

    Interdepartmental arguing, no guidelines to help managers be successful. Interdepartmental arguing over things that doe not impact the bottom line is a waste of time. Very high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees on all levels, create paths toward success. Believe in each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not Great

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    Former Employee - Field Agent  in  Boardman, OH
    Former Employee - Field Agent in Boardman, OH

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

    Pros

    Talking to people, Exercise, walking Alot, Got Breaks

    Cons

    Not making money, rude People, Cops, feeling like i worked for free.

  9.  

    Energy Broker

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    Former Employee - Energy Broker  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Energy Broker in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Meeting new and interesting people.

    Cons

    Commission based. Long work hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees needs are important.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Working Man's Workman

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    Current Employee - Energy Broker  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Energy Broker in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at IGS Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to meet new people.

    Cons

    Commissioned based. You don't work, you don't make money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage like you would liked to be managed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    iT WAS VERY GOOD!!

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    Former Employee - Home Energy Sales
    Former Employee - Home Energy Sales

    I worked at IGS Energy full-time

    Pros

    They took the time to train you about the product you were selling. Pay. Benefits.

    Cons

    This was a sales job, and even though they took the time to work with everyone individually, it felt like you didn't always get the feedback you needed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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