Spark Energy
2.7 of 5 19 reviews
www.sparkenergy.com Houston, TX 150 to 499 Employees

Spark Energy Reviews

Updated May 31, 2014

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Spark Energy CEO William Keith Maxwell III

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21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Growth & Love

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPersonal growth and promotions are common.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Small company and probably not thinking about growing that big, small salaries for L8s and L9s.

    Sales Support Agent (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThe building environment is nice, outdoor breaks available.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore training, and better pay, and more involvement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work

    Director (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

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

    ConsAs with any entrepreneur owned company, change is constant.

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

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

    Senior Director (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Spark Energy management was incompetent in almost every way possible.

    Operations (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

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

    ConsSpark 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 Senior ManagementTell 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.

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

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    Dead-end job and place to work at.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNice campus and decent benefits

    ConsTypical retail energy company: here today, gone tomorrow.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsA 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast Paced with No Direction

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsWonderful work and life fit

    ConsWorking with no real company direction

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    Chaotic, high-attrition, but with that comes opportunity

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsHigh 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 Senior ManagementGive 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.

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    Horrible Place if in Technology

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsPTO and other benefits. Beautiful Campus.

    ConsExecutive management feels that technology employees should work excessive overtime. It is an unrealistic and outdated mindset. People in meetings are disrespectful. I can honestly say that of everywhere I have worked, this has been by far the worst environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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