Clean Energy Fuels Reviews

Updated Jan 14, 2020

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Clean Energy Fuels President, CEO, and Director Andrew J. Littlefair
Andrew J. Littlefair
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "The business plan of the company was essentially a good idea, use a cleaner/cheaper fuel that is sourced in north America(in 5 reviews)

  • "Good pay relative to competitors(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Most of the managers have little to no experience working anywhere else, and thus learned bad habits(in 3 reviews)

  • "Upper Management focus is not on developing the company and improving staff moral and processes(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great company and management."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Energy Fuels

    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.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Simply awful work environment/awful company"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice building/area for corporate office

    Cons

    Upper management has built a culture of taking credit for the work of the employees that report to them while finger pointing and blaming those same employees they have hired for their own shortcomings. Opens seats literally everywhere on both Clean Energy floors, everyone feels like they are walking on eggshells, employees openly discuss quitting and looking for other work. Such an absolutely miserable work environment that after time, begins to negatively effect your self esteem and self worth. The company is in severe debt and does not know how to make a profit. Stock price has plummeted over the years and has not recovered and there is good reason for that. Incompetent upper management without leadership abilities. Little to no support provided. My boss once walked onto our department floor after a leadership meeting and threatened our entire department, saying loudly that people are going to "lose their jobs" , while all the other departments heard in shock. Absolutely awful, life sucking work environment. Do NOT work here unless you have literally no other options. You can do better, I promise.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "2 years as a FA"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment, Open door policy with management, VP etc., learned a lot of skills beyond Finance, great starting compensation package out of college/ 1-2 years in the profession.

    Cons

    Not a lot, but what I did notice near the end of my 2 years was that training for new hires in the beginning can be rough if there no immediate experienced manager to give a general overview/proper training. Learn as you go is a must, as with any job.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Management doesn't value employees"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting technical knowledge gained while there

    Cons

    Poor decisions by management. Crony driven and no respect for the employees. Low pay.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Review of accounting department."

    1.0
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist 

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

    Pros

    Great location to work at. Managers are there to assist you at times when needed.

    Cons

    Redundant. Department chemistry was all over the place, passive aggressive comments.

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Out of Touch Management"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Energy Fuels full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work with challenging projects that can be technically rewarding.

    Cons

    Management is way over their head running a business. Most, if not all, decisions are self serving to management and the particular hierarchy they belong to. Zero cohesion between departments and rampant cronyism with a large dose of nepotism. Promotions based on friendships, not competence. See stock price history and profit for further evidence. Executives channel luxury lifestyle through company. SEC should investigate.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "BDM"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Director"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    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 for 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.

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  9. Helpful (7)

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

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    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 for 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!!

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "Liked my co-workers incompetent management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Operator in Boron, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clean Energy Fuels full-time for 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.

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