Spark Energy Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
20 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growth & Love

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spark Energy

    Pros

    Personal growth and promotions are common.

    Cons

    A lot of people get positions or hired because of who they know versus what they actually know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place for developers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spark Energy as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    No pros here.they are out sourcing every thing.I suggest people be care ful taking offers of contract or employ roles here.

    Cons

    Bad manager and it director.2 ladies with no ehics managing IT department.You will be laid off or end your job if they dontlike you.they can remove your job with out any reason.This place can ruin your career.
    No programming work going on here from years.it is all maintainance.
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Spark Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong, Smart leadership. Advancement opportunities. Great Work/Life balance. I love going to work every day.

    Cons

    As with any entrepreneur owned company, change is constant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Small company and probably not thinking about growing that big, small salaries for L8s and L9s.

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    Former Employee - Sales Support Agent  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Support Agent in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The building environment is nice, outdoor breaks available.

    Cons

    Salaries are low, and company does not make you feel important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training, and better pay, and more involvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Uncertainty at the highest levels which is part of company culture now

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial owner. Work/Life balance is great and rarely anyone sticks around after 5:30-6p.

    Cons

    Very uncertain steps taken by the upper management every few months. No organizational communication leaves people hanging. The best of folks have already left/pushed out leaving the bare minimums working for paychecks and ready to leave at 5. Owner shows least care in the day to day as well as the future outlook of any of the organizations. The board members are close buddies that talk in owners tone. Senior management has changed at rate of once per year. Don't expect a salary raise so better negotiate everything before getting hired. Annual bonuses are not guaranteed even when the numbers hit and surely are never on time (sometimes paid in August for the prior year).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire visionaries that can create a map for next 5 years not 6 months. Make mandatory training/education on the current management. Most folks have lost confidence and are only stretching their time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dead-end job and place to work at.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spark Energy full-time

    Pros

    Nice campus and decent benefits

    Cons

    Typical retail energy company: here today, gone tomorrow.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Spark Energy management was incompetent in almost every way possible.

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    Former Employee - Operations  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operations in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Only good thing about Spark Energy is the building and facilities. Very nice offices in an A+ office campus.

    Cons

    Spark management is great at the bait and switch. When being interviewed you are told that the company doesn't pay top salary but has an excellent bonus program. Turns out that there is no real bonus program, Its at the discretion of managers and executive who have no clue what your job is or even how much effort you put in. The 'bonus' program is based on how well the company did, but the employee has no clue how the company did. Employees are never comfortable working there because the company has no idea what direction it is headed from one day to the next. No goals or focus. Its all at the whim of the owner who is increasingly non-existant. Very unstable company overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell your employees what the goals are and focus on accomplishing those goals. Reward the employees that have been there a long time that have worked tirelessly to get the company to where it is. There is no reward for hard work and extra effort. Tell the employees to truth about where the company is going and why. Communication is vital to a strong company and at Spark, it doesn't exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a decent place to work...until they laid off the entire team.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    A pretty entrepreneurial culture, a really nice office complex, and a place to come and put great ideas into action. Honestly, I've never worked with a more capable team.

    Cons

    Getting laid off was definitely the low point. It became pretty apparent that the company didn't have the patience or internal makeup to stay the course on a given strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to go in a particular direction, commit. Stick to it. Whatever you decide to do, go all in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Paced with No Direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Spark Energy

    Pros

    Wonderful work and life fit

    Cons

    Working with no real company direction

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Chaotic, high-attrition, but with that comes opportunity

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Spark Energy

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits, abundance of opportunity to assume more responsibilities and transition into other roles. Excellent springboard company - I see many IT professionals crossing professions and gaining experience in other technologies. A lot of managers come and go, so if you don't like your boss, all you have to do is wait.

    Cons

    High work volume, high attrition, and short deadlines are constantly challenging project completion. A lot of us experience burnout on a regular basis. Not a place to spend many years at and retire from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give serious pause and consideration if you're applying for a managment position. This is a high-stress, fast paced shop. I have seen five IT leadership members come and go in just 9 months. Be prepared to drink from the fire hose.

    No opinion of CEO

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