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Clean Energy Fuels Reviews

Updated October 31, 2018
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Clean Energy Fuels President, CEO, and Director Andrew J. Littlefair
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Pros
  • "great benefits, good tone at the top as management really cares about improving processes and producing good quality of work" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Good pay relative to competitors" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "The people who rise to the top are either socially or politically connected to the executive team" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great company and management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing management. Let's you do your work. Very helpful if you have questions. Amazing company culture. Everyone is happy. Always wanting you to learn the business. The company is helping the world go green. Weekly meeting so everyone stays in the same page. Each departments are very open with each other.

    Cons

    No cons to management. Management is always there to help. Sometimes it seems like there is a disconnect between the senior execs. But that is just because they are located upstairs. Amazing communication between the managers and your supervisors to the senior execs.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  2. "BDM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Energy Fuels full-time

    Pros

    Great employees and understanding management, generally happy work environment. No micromanaging.

    Cons

    Very top heavy in management, nepotism allows mostly men to grow within the organization, not very many opportunities for promotion.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Energy Fuels full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're a white male that is connected to the executive team, you have a chance at moving up without any proven work experience. Also, you won't have to worry about being laid off either. Huge plus. Can you sense my sarcasm yet?

    Building is nice. Food trucks come by 2x a month.

    If you're lucky, there are usually air freshener sprays in the bathrooms.

    And oh, there's fruit in the break room for us to share. Most of the time there's nothing left because the accounting department is so deprived from perks, that they will jump on the free fruit before you get there because you are chained to your cubicle.

    Cons

    Entire executive team is out of touch with their employees. They take credit for the work you do and undermine you when you raise issues with clear evidence.

    Lack of work/life balance.

    Forget about the idea of bonuses. They don't exist.

    Pay is not up to par with the cost of living and job title. Many employees have side hustles or second jobs in hopes that they can quit this place.

    If you are a female, prepare to have your ideas shot down, then see an executive steal your idea and make it his own.

    Screaming matches in meetings are pretty common.

    The HR team is the most incompetent group of employees. If you go on disability or need to work from home--be prepared to explain your situation multiple times.

    Prepare to have a bully for a manager and for the HR team to do absolutely nothing about the situation. The bathroom is a great sanctuary when you need to get away from the drama.

    No flexibility with being able to work from home.

    Vacation accrual is a joke.

    Medical benefits are expensive.

    Career growth is impossible. As stated above, executives and managers take credit for your work.

    There is a lack of transparency between departments. Prepare for wasted time and effort.

    Moral is so low, a great number of people are looking to jump ship.

    Just because this company is called "Clean Energy", keep in mind that this is a pro-Trump workplace. Don't dare to speak out against his policies. This company does not care about the environment. Profit and politics are more important.

    Advice to Management

    Purge your entire executive team. Stop the nepotism. Stop rewarding employees that don't put in the work. You need more air refreshners in this builiding....too many executives and managers making this place smell like poo and your low stock price is a metaphor to how this place is run.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Management on East Coast. #1 Micromanaging #2 ego"

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    Current Employee - Field Service in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Field Service in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Energy Fuels full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work outside

    Cons

    If you like being watched on Camera, then this is the company for you. They are rolling out vehicle cams to further micro manage you. This is the easiest job I ever had, but the managers make you feel like the world is about to explode.
    On call ALL the time!!

    Advice to Management

    Please consider replacing our current east cost management. We are loosing people left and right.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Liked my co-workers incompetent management"

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    Former Employee - Plant Operator in Boron, CA
    Former Employee - Plant Operator in Boron, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clean Energy Fuels full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company makes a lot of money and generous to a point, pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent especially at the Boron plant, and backs are stabbed and scapegoats are made to ensure his job. HR is on his side so if you dont care about your self worth your job is safe.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for this management, you as errogant and ignorant as they come, so any advice would be ignored. Dollar signs are all that matters.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic, highly politicized organization"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Energy Fuels full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The business plan of the company was essentially a good idea, use a cleaner/cheaper fuel that is sourced in north America.

    Good pay relative to competitors.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company's leadership is amongst the most challenged in the country, in 35 years of work experience, I've never seen a worse company culture. The people who rise to the top are either socially or politically connected to the executive team.

    This has led to a company that has lost most of it's growth.

    Avoid employment with Clean Energy Fuels unless you are desperate for a job.

    Advice to Management

    Current management team is not capable of taking advice, not worth wasting breath to give them advice. Echo chamber. The current stock price of $2 per share is reflective of the management team, only way this company will get better is with a new management team. Current board of directors does not seem capable of doing what the organization needs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "okay place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Energy Fuels full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, good tone at the top as management really cares about improving processes and producing good quality of work

    Cons

    lots of politics, very volatile industry,

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Absolutely Look Elsewhere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Energy Fuels full-time

    Pros

    Location - close to freeways, and the weather is typically mild in Newport.

    Cons

    Everything else. This company doesn't care for its employees, the management is woeful at best, and the performance expectations are not commiserate with the compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking credit for the work done by staff. Stop moving unqualified people up the chain of command. Seek training in proper managerial skills. Stop paying exorbitant bonuses for title and do reward for contribution. Please learn how to exhibit consistent common courtesy. And please learn how to properly communicate - if you don't possess the basic skills necessary to impart an idea (like spelling, or email etiquette) your staff will continue to leave in droves - at least those with any talent or those you haven't laid off due to your inability to function.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Accounting Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Energy Fuels full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    New expensive building/office space in south OC, gym personal trainer, free coffee and sometimes bagels or donuts for breakfast but only if your good

    Cons

    Management skills, Sweeps errors under the rug, unable to recognize good talent and skills, neglects to give credit to the regular employees who do all the work - instead the managers are credited and acknowledged for your work, too many managers, directors, vp’s for made up departments of only 2-3 people, Sorry to say but my forecast is belly up for this company Clean Energy went from SO AWESOME to EPIC FAIL

    Good luck to all of you who are still there

    Advice to Management

    Get yourselves some additional management training sor at lease take a refresher course because you lack skilss


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Service Technician II"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Energy Fuels full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of freedom, ability to choose your own work hours.

    Cons

    Management is unorganized. Zero room for advancement.