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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Recent college grad - first job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome and young staff. Mission driven. Lots of fun. Super flexible. Professional, but I can still wear a t-shirt to work if I want.

    Cons

    Growing pains. Staff being switched to new pay structure. Recent grads benefitting from current pay structure making decent hourly + overtime which will change soon. Management needs to be figured out.


  2. "No company structure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Energy Solutions full-time

    Pros

    ESOP and working from home

    Cons

    No paid vacation or time off

  3. Helpful (9)

    "New Minumum Hours Requirement at 2040 Hours"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Energy Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Impactful, meaningful work, active, friendly staff, good intentions

    Cons

    Stressful work environment, a lot of pressure from many responsibilities, inconsistent workload, slow ramp up for project work, middle management doesn't communicate well

    Advice to Management

    An email from the leadership team was released in Jan 2017 with a new minimum hours requirement per year to qualify for benefits, bonuses, etc. the old minimum hours requirement was very attainable at 1800 hours. The new minimum hours requirement is 2040 not including sick time or paid vacation. The leadership team justified this by setting thevnew definition of full time as 42.5 hours per week. We still get no federal holidays off and no additional paid sick time. And we still accrue both vacation and sick time at 4% for every hour worked. New employees do not start with any paid vacation or sick leave time accrued.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Growing company with opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Energy Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a growing company, management is very aware of growing pains and actively addresses them. They are working on being proactive instead of reactive. Many of the cons listed in previous reviews have or are being addressed. Good employees are well taken care of and provided opportunities to grow, retention is taken seriously.

    Cons

    Need to continue to work on management and delegation to junior staff.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Just OK."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Energy Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start career and learn to wear many hats
    Happy hours
    Fun and passionate employees

    Cons

    Little to no attention is focused on the central departments (Finance, HR, IT)
    Finance and IT teams need more help
    No HRIS
    Unless you work on the engineering or PM side, there is no opportunity for growth
    Too much hand holding

    Advice to Management

    Your central departments can make or break you. Focus more attention on developing and supporting these teams before the ship starts to sink.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Growing company with a vision"

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, mission-driven, comps and benefits have improved a lot in past year. Great CEO and management has gotten better.

    Cons

    Promotion path could be clearer but seems like company is working on that. Company needs to make some room for potential new managers, otherwise they will leave the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Inspiring place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great people and mission. The company culture is relaxed and work is flexible. There are seemingly endless opportunities to develop and work on interesting and challenging projects.

    Cons

    There isn't always much structure or effective senior management providing clear company direction. Staff performance is not always correlated with seniority.

  8. "Great company, great future, growing pains."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Energy Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Clear mission that is easy to align with.
    Staff level employees are best in class.
    Significant growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Value metrics can be clarified.
    Company is at a growth crossroads and is finding its way.

    Advice to Management

    clarify value metrics.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Drives talent away."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance is pretty good, and the non-management-level people are good to work with.

    Cons

    The benefits are so terrible I'm surprised they're legal. Bad pay, bad management, no training for new hires, and high turnover.

    Energy Solutions Response

    Nov 3, 2016 – Human Resources Administrator

    Many of the areas for growth here have been addressed and we recently rolled out a new training structure for on-boarding of new hires. Turnover has been relatively low the last two years.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Decent work/life balance, but middle management can be really frustrating"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off is relatively easy to take, lots of young, smart people working there

    Cons

    The biggest issue is management. Like others have said, middle management is not great. There is a tendency to promote people based on their ability to administer programs and achieve program goals. But that means your direct boss is likely to be a micro-manager who is good at task work, but not good at managing people. There seems to be an assumption on the part of senior management that if you are smart you can be a good manager and that's just not the case. These folks need training first. I would also echo the comment that the work can be monotonous.


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