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POWER Engineers Reviews

Updated January 7, 2019
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Pros
  • "Positive work environment, Interesting work" (in 18 reviews)

  • "A relaxed dress code and weekly happy hour" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Compensation is average to below average for the field, tends to matchup with cost of living at least for some of the offices" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Company ownership is based on the good old boy network and who you know" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Strong culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work hard and you're rewarded. Shareholder options available.

    Cons

    Most of the leadership is based in Idaho, making interfacing difficult for out-of-state offices.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain strong risk management approach.


  2. "A wonderful, supportive place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at POWER Engineers part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits, wonderful support network, interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Not great pay in the first 5 years and industry-typical vacation accrual. This changes after the 5-year mark though.

    Advice to Management

    Make POWER the best place to work in an engineer's first five years to increase retention. New engineers work really hard and are highly billable, they in the very least should ramp up to 3 weeks vacation over the first few years rather than staying at 2 weeks for a full 5 years. Make us better than the competition.

  3. "Electrical Engineer III"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at POWER Engineers full-time

    Pros

    This company takes care of its employees. Good compensation, good benefits and family oriented.

    Cons

    Less clear on the direction of the company

    Advice to Management

    Less managers layers and more employees


  4. "Review"

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

    I have been working at POWER Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Culture, pay is alright, longevity is strong here.

    Cons

    Pay can be competitive sometimes but too many factors play a role.


  5. "Review"

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

    I have been working at POWER Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Hard to move around in the company


  6. Helpful (6)

    "It’s Really a Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at POWER Engineers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful atmosphere, laid back schedule, family comes first attitude, patient with new engineers/designer/drafters to teach them the ropes, very relaxed dress code “t-shirt & shorts”, annual bonuses at EVERY pay grade, 4% 401k match, donuts & beer Friday’s, paid lunches all the time, great annual parties, opportunity for everyone to get out in the field, and easy to move around through company.

    Cons

    The compensation is well below average, hence the reason I left.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people based on geographical location, and be sure to give raises to the people that deserve them. Compensation is your biggest crutch, if you could figure out how to be more competitive in this section you might just have the biggest and baddest employee’s in the business. People will be talking. At some point I could see myself returning to this company. I do highly recommend.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "An ok place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to a decent spread of work.
    Good work life balance.
    Not stressful

    Cons

    No structure or incentive for older engineers to include younger engineers.
    Trying to get into new markets is like steering a ship without a rudder.
    Pay is not competitive with other similar sized companies.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better and engage them more and you won't have a retention problem.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer III"

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    Current Employee - Engineer III in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is by far the best I have ever encountered. Casual dress to work every day, drink beer with the boss, have fun, do good work, make money. Simple as that.

    Cons

    In the consulting world, there are slackers. You come to know them, and wonder why the hell they still have a job.


  9. "Great Culture"

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

    I have been working at POWER Engineers full-time

    Pros

    The culture is positive and the management works to make employees feel appreciated.

    Cons

    No cons to report.


  10. "Architectural Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at POWER Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Good pay (but the money is not worth your career, health and well-being). With all other companies busy with work, you can get paid as much and be happier being treated with respect someplace else.

    Cons

    The architecture division is a toxic group to work in. The managers are the most catty people I have ever met. As such, the architecture department is a revolving door of employees coming and going = failed retention rate. For the few architectural staff that do stay longer, there is no upward movement nor real incentive to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Higher management really needs to investigate how the middle and lower management treats good workers.