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Patriot Energy Group Reviews

Updated July 15, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hard Work Pays Off"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Client Care Representative"

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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

    I have been working at Patriot Energy Group full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly, work hard and get rewarded

    Cons

    Volatile Industry. need to be ready to hear some "no's"

  3. "great place to work, with many different sorts of people."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -open door policy. If you need anything from anyone. they are easily found.
    -Weekly meetings -(keep you up to date with everything).
    -They have all sorts of parties throughout the year. (makes you feel more comfortable with everyone).
    -Give out awards for many things picked by others who work there.

    Cons

    -Always too cold or too hot.
    -Computers could use upgrades. (they are getting better, decommissioning the old ones).
    -Could get better chairs for everyone.
    I don't have any real complaints.

    Advice to Management

    -Management is trying to make this place better.
    -Can be better with pay raises.
    -Listen to all the complaints (if any).
    -Training process for many of the fields are lacking. (They are working on this).


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Run"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    At one point it was the people, most however tired of the manic, greedy owners.

    Cons

    Shady leadership, questionable business decisions, outright lies....

    Advice to Management

    Pack it up.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "A strange combination of Weird, Bad, and Good."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Energy Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Energy Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great name and talented people working within a flawed and myopic organization

    Cons

    I worked at Patriot for 4 years and left late last year. Patriot is stuck in a quasi 1950's semi militaristic hierarchical attitude toward management, women, culture, and world view. Some of the highest performers are women but it is not unlike "big pharma" in the 1990's where the most attractive person in the waiting area was also the Dr's sales rep.

    Any positive review on here is written by management. The "hard work pays off" attitude is ruling class wealthy (1%er) scripted language right out of some Alger Hiss fantasy. That attitude which is Patriots mantra is pure propaganda disguised as a social or cultural value directed at the em[employee as a means of self imposed economic imprisonment.

    If you do everything that you are told you may be handed lucrative existing accounts and hot leads. This is still a subtle orchestrated ploy by management to shame the under-performers in to compliance.

    It is compulsory to attend work during a blizzard even if the government is shut down. If you decide not to attend you wil be "docked" a personal or cacation day. You car allowance is less than 500 hundred dollars a month and if you do the jod well you will drive at least 600 miles a month. You will use your own phone, be admonished when you don't answer it and not be compensated. There is no cold calling. You may not leave the office with out a set appointment. You will make hundreds of phone calls without the the aid of an organized, targeted, strategic and tactical online advertising or information gathering internet campaign.

    Office favorites will be played.

    Any group of people organized around a common goal oscillates on the edges of what defines athe fine line between cult or business entity. With Patriot Energy the ostracization and punitive actions associated with non conformity make the red flags rise and the needle move toward the weird.

    Advice to Management

    Change your commission structure. It is obvious to even the feeble minded that new business is only worth more than residual business to the people counting the money.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers (excluding upper management) and job security are the reason people stay.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Extremely inflexible in regards to time off, working remotely (which certain staff are permitted for no particular reason). Gloom and negative energy especially on mandatory cold calling days. No transparency or communication from management to staff. Like a dictatorship. Attrition rate very high. Low salary + uncapped commissions that won’t be paid out if you exceed targets. Will be overlooked for promotion if you put in the time by an external/random applicant.

    Certain the only positive reviews were submitted by the CEO himself.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to suggestions of those who have left to make it better for us still here.

    Allow all sales staff to work remotely or none at all.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Patriot Energy Group full-time

    Pros

    401k and health insurance

    Cons

    Refer to aug 2016 review. nothing changed since then.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff/hiring, trust your staff (by less or no micromanaging) & don’t be hostile to employees

  8. "production manager /shift supervisor"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Lots of talk, nothing to back it up"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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