IGS Energy
3.1 of 5 16 reviews
www.igsenergy.com Dublin, OH 150 to 499 Employees

IGS Energy Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.1 16 reviews

                             

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Scott White

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Wasted time...

    Direct Customer Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsLoved 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.

    ConsWasn'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 Senior ManagementBe more scrupulous with who you contract your sales management to.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Scam alert.

    Trainee (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsWorking 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Previously wonderful company has stopped caring about customers and employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Dublin, OH

    ProsCompetitive pay and interesting work

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Drink the Kool Aid

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore Diversity in hiring

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

    Energy Consultant (Former Employee)
    Modesto, CA

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

    ConsThey 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery modern office with gorgeous work spaces

    ConsInterdepartmental 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 Senior ManagementListen to employees on all levels, create paths toward success. Believe in each other.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not Great

    Field Agent (Former Employee)
    Boardman, OH

    ProsTalking to people, Exercise, walking Alot, Got Breaks

    ConsNot making money, rude People, Cops, feeling like i worked for free.

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    Working Man's Workman

    Energy Broker (Current Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    ProsOpportunity to meet new people.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage like you would liked to be managed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Private organization at its finest.

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Dublin, OH

    ProsExcellent management, pay, office culture, and company values. Doesn't matter what field you're in, you would love to work it with IGS.

    ConsLimited job advancement opportunities. Once you find your niche and you are successful, you will probably be doing that role for a while. Most of management is young and isn't going anywhere soon.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreatest place to work if you are interested in this industry. This company is in it for the long haul so if that fits what you're looking for, great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Activity will be the only way you can make quota... lots of activity!

    Home Energy Consultant (Current Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    ProsI like jobs that make me feel like I am making an impact on society. Bottom line- This Country was built on the beliefs of having choice and the capitalistic business model. IGS is a company that believes in serving its customers in the best way possible. Deregulated energy is one of the newbies in the American marketplace and is a very tough sale (not to mention what happened when the telecom industry was deregulated). No need to digress here. IGS promotes good energy... green energy and being responsible users of energy. Who could not like the great slogan of "an energy independent US!" I do wish we all had the means to build better solar panels, wind turbines, and heat producing worm farms (at least until liquid thorium flouride or MIT's new electric generation wonder comes on line). For now we must be ever conscious of the lowest rates from the least corrupt type of supply- right! or figure a way to use less of what's being produced into the GRID". What happens to the energy that's left in the grid? Will we have more energy reserves? An intagible product like energy/even natural gas IS somewhat a hard sell because of the govt regulations and possession of how it "flows". Now that Einstein's theory of relativity is not so much of a theory and "unification" seems to be on the horizon... a new era of "the power of tomorrow" may become reality?

    ConsBrainiacs and forcasters in Dublin need to do a better job of offering rates where utility users really can see a savings on their 1st bill after the sign up. Systems- Mac is a great company, but the use of the ipad air needs much more work. Telling HEC's that customer service is important but not having any type of CRM is "hogwash". If more money is coming from FERC or PUCO (Feds) it should be distributed fairly to the real workers- not the seedy sales smooth talkers *be aware!

    Advice to Senior ManagementWatch out for the sale gurus" that sweet talk you into hiring them. They are artist at making things sound better than they really are. Semantics, or should I say better semantics, are not going to be the answer to pitching the products on American consumers (yes, peeps in West VA, Ohio/Pennsylvania/Maryland, etc. are Americans). It is what it is, A BILL (not one of those on Capital Hill) and folk's hate seeing them in the P.O.? Mail Boxes.
    Fuel Rewards is a great idea- keep it going! If we can't save people money... let's come up with a good reason to choose IGS Energy. Something better than just "price protection"?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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