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Comverge Reviews

Updated April 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay, fair benefits and good work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • They are the Demand Response company of the future (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • By no means should you speak up to upper management or else you'll get a stern talkin' to (in 5 reviews)

  • New management team has no experience in the market segment (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Comverge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment for software developers of all levels. Difficult problems to deal with on a daily basis. Love that the office is in downtown Denver.

    Cons

    Annual review process for developers is mostly subjective, unclear, and poorly explained/communicated. Just to be clear I don't have issue with the compensation itself, but on how or why we got to that number.

    The other minor problem is that metrics are subjective and per individual on performance reviews. This is a problem because it is often emphasized that collaboration and teamwork are the foundations of how software is built at Comverge. So the annual snarky comment going around during review time is "We want you to work collaboratively to achieve individual goals".

    Advice to Management

    It would be better if bonuses and raises where allotted per team. Allow team lead(s) to distribute.


  2. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Services Manager in Kennett Square, PA
    Former Employee - Field Services Manager in Kennett Square, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Comverge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to work, interesting field and opportunity for growth within.

    Cons

    The company's work, growth and jobs are driven by utility sales, which can sometimes be slow due to state run incentive programs.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  3. "Great Quality of Life, Good Product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Comverge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's fun being in software development and knowing you're working on something important for the future of the world. Comverge is in the clean energy sector, and the employees almost all feel as if what they are working on is important.

    This is a very family-friendly company. While developers typically work in pairs, and it is important to be at the office most days, the company is also very flexible if you need to work from home on occasion. Arrival and departure times average 8:45 AM and 5:00 PM, respectively, but are very flexible depending on personal circumstances. Fairly rare for developers to have to work late nights or weekends.

    Benefits are in-line with other software companies. PTO is 15 days first 4 years. 3% matching 401(k), good health/dental/vision options, standard disability and life insurance. Some tuition payment benefits if you want to continue education while working.

    Snacks and coffee/tea stocked in the kitchen. AMAZING VIEWS of the Rocky Mountains from the 23rd floor of our downtown skyscraper.

    Cons

    PTO policy seems a bit stringent when other software companies can advertise "unlimited" PTO.

    Can be difficult to get managerial feedback about performance and long-term development plans.

    Since headquarters are in Atlanta, sometimes the developers feel cut off from the long-term visions and plans for the rest of the company.

    Open floor plan layout can be difficult on more introverted developers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on developing the Atlanta/Denver ties. Come up with a few more places in the office for a developer to "hide" if they need to be away from the noise of the open floor plan.


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  5. "Appalling company in the energy sector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Proposal Manager in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Proposal Manager in Norcross, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Can't think of any, Can't think of any, Can't think of any

    Cons

    Appalling (lack) of leadership, CEO floats around like a well dressed prima donna without engaging with staff, shocking management, and subsequent decisions, over-reach in 2011/12 leading to 10% lay off's! Whilst there were some wonderful people there (they know who they are), the company was one of the worst I have ever worked for.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and respect them and their efforts more - reward them!


  6. "Good People to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Norcross, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone was nice and easy to get along with. Enough people knew what they were doing to get things done.

    Cons

    Lack of documentation for test development.

    Advice to Management

    Document test procedures.


  7. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Services Manager in Waxahachie, TX
    Former Employee - Field Services Manager in Waxahachie, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Comverge (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good upper management team

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Run, Don't Walk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Comverge offers a good work/life balance and decent salary/benefits offering. First level management is very passionate and talented, which leads them to invest their time to cultivate entry level talent.

    Cons

    When upper level management is requesting employees to write positive reviews on boards such as this, you know there is an issue they are failing to get in front of. If you're not a team member from one of the CEO's past lives, then you're not "in" the club. Upper level management is like a fraternity that follows each other from company to company - it doesn't matter what they can offer the company or it's employees, it's obvious they are there strictly because of the relationship they've maintained. You see a lot of strong talent quickly leave the company because there isn't any true investment or management coming from the senior executives/managers.

    Advice to Management

    Put action behind your words to see an improved company culture, and stop the revolving door of employee turnover.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Adding Great Talent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Comverge full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Challenging job opportunity with the ability to move-up if you are talented
    - Good pay, fair benefits and good work/life balance
    - Industry leading Company with many smart co-workers
    - Good, honest people, culture is reserved but overall good people

    Cons

    - Former team members create a lot of drama, just read this message board to understand
    - Company is complex so if you don't want to mentally push yourself you will likely not be successful. However, if you engage this Company offers amazing growth opportunities
    - Geographically dispersed by nature, creates some relationship challenges

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on adding talent to the organization. Advances made over the last 12 months have been positive. Take every opportunity you have to get out to the teams and engage with their work and thank them for their effort, this will go 10X further than any vacation reward etc. Overall, this is the healthiest this Company has been in many years so keep pushing the culture of transparency, communication and teamwork.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Stay away..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerical in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Clerical in Norcross, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Comverge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is above average. Very intelligent people that actually do the work. Upper management is a mess and they're firing good employees just to save a buck.

    Cons

    Everything. Positive reviews on here are fake, created to offset the reality of this company that is going downhill, very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Sell Comverge to someone else


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Comverge on a roll"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Comverge full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Capitalizing on new markets- strong performance in 2015. Great people and customers. Organizational ability to execute.
    Solid product offering
    Good work life balance
    Nice blend of experienced and new employees

    Cons

    Under performing former employees unable to keep up with the pace throwing stones. Distributed location of employees can prove difficult at times.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, disregard the frustrated Xs


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