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Direct Energy Reviews

Updated March 23, 2019
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  • "Although they believe in a work life balance, it is sometimes hard to leave at the end of the day" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Long hours, on call work, lots of driving" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They seem to not just think, but act. Problems are recognized, studied, thought about, and then addressed. It's a lot easier working for an employer when they seem to be getting it together

    Cons

    When I last worked there the Comp structure in flux. Granted that isn't all that surprising.

    At the end of the day it was still a call center.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the details. Things like a clean inviting work place and proper equipment to do our job is THE employee retention program.


  2. "Company looks out for their employees as their number one asset"

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

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    Insurance is AMAZING

    Cons

    Hard for promotions if outside corporate headquarters

  3. "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Direct Energy full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment.
    Good company culture.

    Cons

    It is the contract position.


  4. "Laid back"

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    Current Employee - Sales Agent
    Current Employee - Sales Agent

    I have been working at Direct Energy full-time

    Pros

    Fun work place, nice people.

    Cons

    Excessive amounts of changes in short time.

    Advice to Management

    Communication


  5. "Direct Energy was a very good place 4 years ago"

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    Former Employee - Residential Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Residential Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent comp plan, great environment

    Cons

    Bonus plan changes too much, Leadership is all over the board

    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing when it comes to bonus ratings and President club


  6. "like working in a silo?"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is interesting, great benefits, nice break room with activities (ping-pong); days go by very quickly, free parking, private company, so not a lot of ridiculous rules and controls. 40-hour or less work week if your boss is not in your office. My direct manager is great - very helpful and great to work for. I am lucky there, but my manager is in another office and is too swamped for general collaboration

    Cons

    EVERYONE works in silos and is only concerned about their own agenda. IT gets a project and refuses to deviate from what it needs to do, even if the result will mean losses and risk for the company overall. People that have been around a while don't want to share information, so newer people have to constantly "reinvent the wheel." most people are not helpful and either don't have time, or don't make time. Upper management so concerned about revenue they forget about profitability (the administrative cost of carrying out what they want done to show the sales figures are up). Sure the company makes money, but could make so much more. Employees regularly want to discuss pay, bonuses, etc. weird. Does not feel like a unified company when all subsidiaries are left to run as they see fit. Some in upper management are subtly retaliatory and "speaking up" will not help the problem.

    Advice to Management

    Review your operational and administrative costs to get to the almighty sales figure. get your shared services team together with your "business" team. Someone should reign in IT and make sure their projects make sense with all areas of the business (end-to-end and not just sales & billing). engage in ANNUAL 360-assessments for all people managers so they know how they're coming off to everyone, not just the people they like and that like them. it's not a social club, its a for-profit business. find some way to track salaried people's time on projects and in general - consider creating a database for basic time-keeping on tasks and projects. you'll see some people work 60+ hour weeks, and some work 32 hour weeks. even those in management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ok place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, hours, pay snd benefits.

    Cons

    Management lack direction and the wrong people are in leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Have a long term view.

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work environment is very open and flexible. Depending on what role, there will not be much or any stress. DE promotes a healthy work life balance.

    Cons

    Great work place, can't say that the pay matches the work atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    management does a great job and has great effort into listening to their employees.


  9. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The building is okay and close to a lot of restaurants. New upgrades in the building. They will be moving offices in 2021 downtown and many people do not want to work downtown.

    Cons

    Male domianted company. Good ol' boys club.

    Nepotism runs rampant.

    Company is able to run rogue since Mgrs in Houston report into the UK so Mgrs get away with things they should not get away with & would not get away with it if they worked for a reputable company.

    Unfair and unqualified managers. Managers will pay their less qualified friends more than employees with more experience. They do not follow the values of the company.

    HR turns a blind eye to a lot of HR and legal issues. They don't want to get involved in any uncomfortable situations so.you are forced to.fend for your yourself. The most unprofessional and unethical group I've worked with. As other people have mentioned, beware of retaliation if you go to HR. HR will not protect you.

    When your stock price is as low as it is, that says volumes and shows the kind of people you attract to work for you. An international company should not consistently have stock prices way below $10 a share. This is not a reputable company.


  10. "Awesome place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology
    Place to play ping pong and other games

    Cons

    Too much red tape to cut through