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Patriot Energy Group Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  1. "production manager /shift supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Blacksville, WV
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Blacksville, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Patriot Energy Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good leadership excellent salery

    Cons

    worked a very tough work schedule for 16 yrs 10 days on 2 days off

    Advice to Management

    none I just retired


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Lots of talk, nothing to back it up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Patriot Energy Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a small company so you get to know your coworkers very well. There are some gems in the office that really cannot be grouped into the overall rating of this company.

    With a few new HR initiatives and a couple of the senior management being positive and professional workers, efforts have been made to improve the overall work environment. These changes are very minimal however in the examples of no more ties for men, music played whole working, a pinball machine, and bagels on Monday only. While they are nice to have, they don't really do much in changing the big picture of the company.

    You rarely need to work overtime/late

    Cons

    The CEO is really terrible, he is a very hostile personality and especially unpredictable in a negative way. No matter what position or department you are, keep in mind this company is very small and you will be interacting with him to some exten during your tenure here.

    It is almost like he is trying to play the part of a quirky but brilliant business mogul however he is not really either of these things. Senior management is often afraid to bring him into meetings with partners or to finalize deals because he can be a relationship killer. Additionally, the other reviews describing him as "greedy" are not lying. When checking in on deals or conversating at company events, he always refers to them as "MY money" or "MY beer". He may have paid for it but of course it is very unprofessional and hostile to refer to things this way.

    A huge goal of this company is to hire younger talent. CEO says he wants to "hire rockstars" however he refuses to pay anyone a decent salary, so the talented ones either don't get hired because they know they can get paid better elsewhere, or don't stay too long because of the pay and non challenging environment.

    The technical skills required to be successful here are very minimal, you do not get any chance to practice a real skill set applicable to another position for your future (i.e. Advanced excel, financial analytics, coding/data science, etc) so this company does not do much to prepare you for the future. The technology and software used is dated.

    Overall as well, the personalities at the company are not ambitious. The high majority are content where they are in their careers currently and you don't feel like you are in an environment that is contributing to making you better as a professional. In other words, the "I don't care" and "good enough" attitude are the defining characteristics.

    Along with the low pay, benefits are better but still not up to par. HR has made a push to get employees better benefits as well as get them more informed, however you can still find better benefits elsewhere. 401k MATCH DOES NOT EXIST HERE unless you work for a few years. It is a joke that the dental plan here is terrible, but it is very much a reality.

    Working from home is not an option. In the winter during snow emergencys where the state of Massachusetts tells you to stay off the roads, usually work is not cancelled and you must use a vacation day if you do not want to come in to work even though they say "if you don't feel safe coming to work don't come"

    Temperature itself is an issue for the HQ, ironically because of the industry they are in. Super hot or super cold on random occasions.

    Personal email sites are blocked (gmail, yahoo, etc) along with other random sites that you might enjoy while taking a break. This was a personal choice from the CEO to encourage higher work output, also claimed personal email raised a security risk for viruses on the servers. In theory makes sense, but no employee will enjoy that nor does any reputable company outside a government job block like this.

    For paid time off, you get 3 weeks vacation and 1 week personal sick. The kicker is that 1 of your vacation weeks MUST be the week of July 4th of Christmas. For some this may not be an issue as they take those weeks off anyways, however if you are not one of these people it's a real pain in the butt and dampens your ability to plan vacations.

    They attempted or are still attempting to get into the efficiency industry (demand response, solar) however those have not taken off. The salesforce overall has not bought into it because it is a new thing they have to learn and is a bit more difficult to explain in a sales meeting than a fixed price contract, this goes to show the overall drive and competence of the people you would be working wth. As said before though, there are a few gems in the office that cannot be grouped with the rest here, and those have done a good job learning and pushing these new products. They used in house employees to get this up and running, however dumped the entire workload on a few people without taking away their other responsibilities and without any extra compensation. Seems like a thankless extra effort by them.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees a competitive rate, and understand that the way you are running this company, tongue in cheek called "The Patriot Way", is incredibly outdated and will not be successful in the long run. New professionals that are smart enough to get the company to where it wants to go are also smart enough to avoid a company that is as unattractive as this one. A HUGE roadblock is Lou's attitude and outlook on this company. It seems senior management has at least some sense of why strong young professionals are not drawn to this company however they are not willing to stand up to Lou whether it be alone or together, and the problems here don't really affect senior management since they are taken care of financially and seem to have the option to take days off whenever they need, so nothing really changes. What makes it worse is that the managers who understand this will hear you out and say they understand, which they very well may, however like I said before nothing changes and conversations like those just let you down because you think something may change.

    As a company whose big hiring pitch is on culture and unity, there is way way too much resentment regarding the pay, benefits, and leadership to make that a viable selling point.

  3. "Overall good company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people. Company has a great spirit, and rewards its employees with gracious bonuses regularly. Good business work environment. Good place to work.

    Cons

    Organization has growing pains just like any other up and coming company, but overall management, leadership and ownership make this a good working environment.


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Electrician in Wharton, WV
    Current Employee - Electrician in Wharton, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, co workers are friendly everybody does their job and helps you out when they can. Overall good place to work.

    Cons

    Don't always have the stuff you need to work with. But other than that it is a good place to work

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the management would be to keep up the good work and keep it a good place to work.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Hard Work Pays Off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The confidence that shown with the company speaks volumes to its growth. This company believes it can keep growing and expanding in such a weird, unknown industry, and has proven year after year it can. Staff and management are amazing people. Always laughs, parties, friendships. Bagels on monday, random free lunches with meetings. Its a job, you have to work for it, if you are not motivated you will not feel happy here.

    Cons

    Sometimes a lot piled on to your plate, however its a job, if your employer didnt think you could handle it, they wouldn't ask you to do things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep reassuring your staff, if they are doing a good job tell them. Little moral boosters like parties, lunches, breaks help and make employees happy and want to stay.


  6. "Toxic Enviorment"

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

    I worked at Patriot Energy Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free bagels, nice co-workers (misery loves company). HQ is in a nice location.

    Cons

    Everyone that's not in the 'inner circle' works out of fear that they're either going to get yelled at or fired. Market is extremely saturated and they provide zero marketing or sales tools to help. I could go on and on with reasons why patriot was a toxic work Enviorment but I don't have the time. With a turn over rate of around 80% you'd think they'd get the idea and start treating their employees well.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people. Invest in your sales team!!!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Place I've Ever Worked"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job. It's a paycheck. Most co-workers were pleasant (excluding HR)

    Cons

    Environment ruled by fear, constantly changing comp plans that are virtually impossible to meet, management gets in employees faces saying get on the phone, computers shut down if not enough calls made. So cold in winter to point where people had to wear coats. Stifling hot in summer, A/C constantly breaking, garbage bins overflowing around the office because only collected twice/week, dirty kitchen.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat employees with respect.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Patriot Energy Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can learn the energy industry and polish your sales skills. After my years of experience at this company I doubt the positive comments from others on here are from legitimate past employees, based on my experience there. Perhaps it's HR and marketing in Damage control? Just my opinion based on my years of experience there

    Cons

    the longest tenured rep in the home office is a couple of years at best. You should ask yourself why is that??? Too much turnover at executive level- CFO, HR. micromanaged their employees, unable to pay commissions accurately, lack of core training- sales or industry related. Greed of ownership

    Advice to Management

    I suggest the company focuses on its employees and not how to move customer from Patriot energy to its sister company so the owner can make more money while charging customers who didn't approve the change in vendor even more money on the raw cost of energy through the sister company. They make it sound like a deal for customer but it costs them more. Be less shady


  9. "Hard work pays."

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    Former Employee - Commercial Account Executive in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Commercial Account Executive in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The owners have passion. The company has been able to grow while most companies fell off during tough economic times.

    Cons

    It's a highly competitive market. You have to be on point. Bare bones. No marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the employees. Invest in marketing. I've heard good things about the company since 2011. Keep it up!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Patriot Energy Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing. I was told I would be duct taped to the chair to make calls. No lie. Get water and make it last until lunch.

    Cons

    Leaving the company. Best thing ever did. It's a sweat shop. I was miserable. The CEO was horrible. He literally treated his reps terribly.

    Advice to Management

    Stop screaming at the reps.


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