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DTE Energy Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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  • This is very applicable when working there full time, you likely will have to move (in 9 reviews)

  • Bad work-life balance,which leads to a high turnover rate of base level employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Student Coop"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Co-Op Student in Detroit, MI
    Former Intern - Co-Op Student in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DTE Energy as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Multiple paths and projects to follow to other departments in order to secure a full-time job

    Cons

    Supervisor did not supervise very well, student coops had almost too much freedom
    Downsizing and dissolving of the large student program made it hard to continue on for some


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newport, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newport, MI
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job security (a utility in a regulated environment). Talented, motivated, and helpful co-workers. Great opportunity to learn and develop knowledge and skills about a variety of subjects. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance,which leads to a high turnover rate of base level employees. All management has a short life expectancy (2 years max in their position), which means they don't have incentive to help things long term. They push hard for short term wins, which often leads to long term headaches. Prioritization is 100% reactionary, without successful planning to achieve long term goals.

    Advice to Management

    Work collectively. Don't intentionally hurt long term goals for temporary short term gains. If a strategy is not solving problems, stop using it. Just because an idea was used before does not mean it is a good idea to use again.


  3. "Student Intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Detroit, MI
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at DTE Energy as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strives to use CI & Lean Six Sigma. Good Grops are available in the company, good benefits, free classes and certifications online for interns.

    Cons

    Based on my experience, recruiting/aquisition department is not very active and not very responsive to try and assist students to transfer to full time opportunities upon graduation. Management/Leadership is also not proactive in helping with career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Please be proactive with students. Lead with energy by meaning and help guide students to strive for sucess. Most students want to obtain a full time employment opportunity upon graduation; help them without just by at least asking what their plans are for after graduation and where would they like to work and how you can help them! I was never asked and made me feel that something is wrong.


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  5. "Summer Student (Math and Science Majors)"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Detroit, MI
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DTE Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere. CEO was always around and active.

    Cons

    Medial, boring tasks. Direction of the company is not good.


  6. "Electric Controllers Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Accountant in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers and most (but not all) leaders are genuinely great people and care about the success of their peers and employees.

    Cons

    Management has great ideas - in theory - but is very disconnected from the actual work it takes to reach goals. Controllers organization is stretched very thin, and many employees don't have the time or resources to properly do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the consequences (good and bad) of even the smallest decisions made. Some things may sound simple, but actually require more time and effort that could be better spent elsewhere. And please, invest in a better financial reporting system.


  7. "Sumer Student Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Detroit, MI
    Current Intern - Intern in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at DTE Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Really laid back
    -a lot of down time

    Cons

    -Doesn't give you much work


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    DTE Energy is an established company that will always be around, as there will always be the need for gas and electricity.

    Cons

    There's not a lot of autonomy, as leaders are trained to be robotic in how they correspond with their teams in that all leaders must abide by a set forth script.

    Advice to Management

    Allow leaders to lead. Forcing them to use scripts limits and holds them back from truly connecting with their teams.


  9. "Engineering Co-op"

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    Former Intern - Student Co-Op in Trenton, MI
    Former Intern - Student Co-Op in Trenton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DTE Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mentor was former DTE co-op so she knew the best type of work to give me so I would get the most out of my time there

    Cons

    No housing stipend which can be problematic for students as there are not many nice/cheap areas to live near DTE locations
    Not competitive pay compared to other companies hiring engineering students

    Advice to Management

    Consider raising co-op/intern hourly rates to be competitive in the engineering market
    Connect more with interns/co-ops


  10. Helpful (3)

    "On Paper vs. Reality"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Dedicated to staying viable in the energy industry
    - Working with good people who take pride in their work
    - Benefits by far not the most impressive in the U.S. but not at all bad
    - Opportunity to work cross-functionally depending on where you work in the company
    - Engineering progression system...to an extent (see Cons for details)

    Cons

    - Leadership has a tendency to be short-sighted (fairly often)
    - Underlying "good old boy" culture still exists (not everywhere but enough where it is noticeable)
    - My work group in particular has just "restructured" and eliminated the Principal Professional (level 4) engineer position (just in time when I'm the only engineer eligible to even apply)
    - [Continuation of my last point] Concerning that there are literally <10 African-American level 4 engineers in the entire company of 10,000+ according to the corporate directory...yes I went there
    - Currently planning how to deal with the anticipated "mass retirement wave" in the next few year (see my first 2 points why this is a problem)
    -Leadership (in my experience) does not listen. Either "they have the solution" and want it done their way or they come around to outside ideas only if Senior Leadership above them agrees.

    Advice to Management

    With all of the strides made with Diversity & Inclusion things have definitely started in the correct direction [on paper] however antiquated company culture is very much so alive and continues to put up an avid fight against progression.


  11. "HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Program Lead in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Human Resources Program Lead in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DTE Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall environment is great to work in.

    Cons

    supervisor acts like god and doesnt listen to others.


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