Chesapeake Utilities Reviews

Updated Jun 6, 2020

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Chesapeake Utilities President and CEO Jeffry Householder
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3 Ratings
  1. "Great Place"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Accountant 

    I worked at Chesapeake Utilities full-time

    Pros

    Family Oriented Culture, Great People

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of...

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Management is Poor and Practices are Out of Date"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Newark, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chesapeake Utilities full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Community involvement Lenient on work from home once per week Minimal tuition reimbursement (nothing above average) Some coworkers are alright HR is not helpful, and flirts with the idea of being extremely unhelpful

    Cons

    Chesapeake recently went through a reorganization and the fallout was brutal. Management found no issue in cutting ties with employees. Not doing their best to find everyone a place within the organization. The environment is toxic when it comes to dealing with managers. You're not allowed to question things as to why they are doing them the way they are...you're just supposed to be quiet and take orders. They want to give you their knowledge and not for you to obtain any on your own time. This is standard across all departments. When the recently announced CEO came into position, it was a swift motion of the wand to put as many people out of jobs as possible. PTO is not competitive anymore...perhaps it was 10 years ago. Out of date business practices.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Management stands by the age old saying “We’ve done it this way for so long, why change it?”"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Analyst in Winter Haven, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chesapeake Utilities full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Chesapeake is helpful to the community in Delaware. Their subsidiaries are useless and inactive in Florida when it comes to volunteering, but they do good work in Delaware. If you favor the ideology of getting promoted based on how long you’ve been with the company and not by your current efforts, then this is the right place for you. You’ll know what to expect in your day to day, because change in the workplace is unwanted, especially for their Central Florida Gas, Florida Public Utilities, and their former PESCO (recently sold) divisions. Exited the midstream marketing sector and are now focusing solely on acquiring smaller utilities.

    Cons

    Benefits are no longer competitive. The new CEO is cutthroat. Leading the charge to sell one of the subsidiaries he practically started 20+ years ago without a hint of hesitation once he stepped into power. The CEO didn’t even give PESCO a chance to rebound off a bad year and he hadn’t been in the new position even a year before deciding to cut ties and layoff 20-30 people. Great look for a new CEO... They brought in fresh new talent knowing they were going to sell the company. Doing this to try and make their PESCO division look more “sellable” to an outside buyer. Many employees were hired within 1 year of the sale. Pitiful, to say the least. The team responsible for conducting majority of the sale of PESCO managed to do a terrible job, holding only the interest of the buyer/seller in mind, and not for the employees who were going to have a long road ahead of them. The HR team also managed to withhold pertinent information that manipulated employees decisions with the lack of information. Florida Public Utilities and Central Florida Gas are far behind the times...almost 20 years I’d say. Every company in the industry has the two things that both FPU/CFG have yet to get on board with... 1. Neither company has an Electronic Bulletin Board. This is estimated to be 5+ years out. For a utility not to have such is unheard of in our industry nowadays. 2. No “on-call” personnel to assist with holiday and weekend nominations, cuts, and adjustments. Yet one more thing that is unheard of in today’s natural gas scheduling / trading sector. All in all, I could go on, but I think the above says enough. Chesapeake is a dying company that leaves a nasty taste in the mouth of all those who speak thy name.

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    "So-so"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chesapeake Utilities full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Health Benefits are good. Volunteering is highly encouraged. Some departments are well run but others are wildly inefficient, unprofessional, and run on relationships rather than the best interests of the organization. Management makes an effort to know every employee. Company makes an effort to develop a culture and core values but often they are the butt of jokes among corporate.

    Cons

    Below market pay. Some very poor quality managers, directors and VPs. Executive management is in a state of flux. Lack of internal controls and procedures in some departments (but not all). No real conversation on work-life balance and it shows, especially in corporate. Many good employees are stuck in the same position for years/decades. Professional development is focused on for directors and execs but not for analysts. Management often does not understand what is going on within the business units.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Run"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chesapeake Utilities full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, stability for now, small town location

    Cons

    Corporate atmosphere instead of family atmosphere it used to be.

  6. "General"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Dover, DE
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chesapeake Utilities full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The location is perfect for transplants to the state who do not want a hectic commute.

    Cons

    Too many locations throughout the state makes it difficult for collaboration.

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    "Layoffs! BEWARE!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Dover, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chesapeake Utilities full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good employees across all business units. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Horrible Management: Culture was destroyed by new leadership, new leadership laying people off and not announcing anything, great people and outstanding employees being fired, new leadership manage through retaliation and intimidation, remaining employees are terrified.

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    "Run away fast!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dover, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chesapeake Utilities full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    New CEO. Hopefully he makes big changes

    Cons

    Very bad management. They continue to be scammed by a CIO who is clueless when it comes to IT. He only cares about getting his company car, a paid apartment while he lives out of state, and a nice salary. This CIO brings in more clueless people he calls Directors. The IT department is so focused on Business Analysts instead of producing results. The business units don't need a babysitter to get in the way of doing something their unit is capable of doing themselves. Another waste of resources. They need to focus more on building stronger systems instead of dancing around waiting on everything to fail before hiring contractors or even outsourcing to Indian based companies who have a direct personal connection to the CIO. Who is cheating who? Management continues to use bully tactics towards employees. Not just IT. HR does this as well. Don't feel safe with HR either. HR always backs the management. Stay clear of the company. They use a handbook that states it's up to management discretion for all rules. They don't apply to everyone. They also divide the raises up based on their favorite employees and not by performance.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Finance Leadership"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dover, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chesapeake Utilities full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Company besides Finance Group.

    Cons

    Below par, miserable and poor leadership in Finance Group.

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Corrupt management"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Dover, DE
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chesapeake Utilities full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Perks benefits time off weekly pay

    Cons

    No job security, hateful management, can be fired at anytime for anything, management lies, HR lies, management retaliation. Management cares more about company image than anything else.

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