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Power Costs Reviews

Updated January 23, 2017
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  1. "Good small/medium company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Norman, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bonus at the end of the year. Promotions every year.

    Cons

    Stingy with the Base Salary to begin with. Expensive dependent insurance. Not every year you get a good raise.

    Advice to Management

    Could do better at balancing workload and personal life. Dependent health insurance is very expensive.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are really nice.

    Cons

    It is an unstructured company - which could be a really good thing.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Nice Culture but Poor Software Design Practices"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Power Costs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Terrific company culture. Human resources goes above and beyond to make PCI a nice place to work. They are champions of learning new things.

    Cons

    The software development process is poor and unstructured. Yes, the company implements various development lifecycles; however, little is done to ensure software is written the "right" way - i.e. properly gathering and documenting requirements, designing from UML models, analyzing complexity metrics, etc. They are always in a rush to get something out the door and code quality suffers as a result. Maintenance costs are adversely impacted because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Don't set deadlines that are unrealistic. Design according to engineering principles. Make an effort to reduce source code complexity and reduce future maintenance costs.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Among the best places to work in OKC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    colleagues are super nice. manager is good. very flexible working hours.

    Cons

    more up-to-date technologies could be used instead


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Love this place!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Norman, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Power Costs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work time is extremely flexible, is mostly left to your responsibility and as long as you deliver results there aren't complaints.
    The whole company embraced Agile practices and is constantly working to improve both in the use of Agile and in terms of products quality.
    There is an open door policy and very little hierarchy making it easier to gather information and solve problems.

    Cons

    The company is growing very fast and there are plenty of new arrivals as well as people working out of Norman office most of the time, sometimes is hard to keep up with all this movement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the great work, we have an amazing culture and is important to preserve it.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Unfortunate Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Management in Norman, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Power Costs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee and soft drinks. The pay checks cash each month. The people below sr mgmt are great to work with. Very stable industry.

    Cons

    PCI used to be a good place to work. Even great maybe. Unfortunately that is still not the case. Greed and cheapness will be the eventual downfall of the company. 4 years in a row we have sat and listened to the CEO/owner tell all the employees how great the company did financially and how a certain amount more is put into the bonus pool. And 4 years in a row nobody seems to know who really got that money. People have started to openly talk about compensation which is never a good thing for companies. 1% raises on a year that the company shattered revenue projections is pathetic. There are a few people getting filthy rich off the hard work of the masses. You are expected to sell your soul to this company. You are expected to work and be available 24/7. There is no work life balance and they don't care. All they care about is the bottom dollar. They stopped investing in their people. They stopped caring about there people. And the sad thing is they don't see it. They really believe they still care. They are blind to what is going on anymore. And the benefits are a joke. They shop it every year for the cheapest they can get away with.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to caring about your people. Get back to investing in your people. Quit being so cheap. Invest in quality and the future. Stop chasing the quick dollar. And if that is what you want, then atleast be honest with your selves about it. And your people.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Coordinated Chaos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norman, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norman, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Power Costs full-time

    Pros

    Most people who work there are awesome. Genuine, friendly, and helpful people who believe in cooperation and teamwork.

    It's a nice perk to have soft drinks readily stocked in the office, along with occasional employee appreciation days.

    The HR department actually tries very hard to represent the best interests of employees. You often hear that in large companies how HR is there to protect the company, but at PCI the HR folks seem to be fighting day to day to make the environment great for the workers.

    Cons

    At some point in the hierarchy, the company seems to be run by Type A sharks. No soul. No compassion. No understanding.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, if I felt that management actually cared about feedback, I'd put something here. Unfortunately, it seems the management most capable of positive change is silo'd into a sort of echo chamber fortress where anyone on the outside is a threat.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoy working there, they are nice pople.Good company

    Cons

    Work hard, not a place for lazy poeple. A lot of stuff

    Advice to Management

    Good place to start


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Definitely not the best company to work for - Not even close"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst - Client Services in Norman, OK
    Former Employee - Business Analyst - Client Services in Norman, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Power Costs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly and helpful people, decent learning curve and product suite, team outings and team activities on a regular basis, great work hours (Never had to work over 50-55 hours a week at the most)

    Cons

    Very poor pay, lack of incentives, bonuses, and a HORRIBLE and POOR review system. They do have an annual employee review system, which is great..However, the way its conducted is horrible - Most likely the bad things are discussed..The good things are hardly brought up (atleast in my case that's how it was). The most pathetic thing I faced was nitpicking on the most minute mistakes / errors (Seriously??? True!). One time I was almost yelled at for a spelling error in my synopsis - Great Example!! Total lack of innovation ..Wonder if there are any at all. No focus on learning of the product / Application, And last but not the least a very flat upper management structure. A good analogy - Too many cooks in the same kitchen. Weak HR process.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, first respect your employees and what they have done for you. IMPROVE your review system and the way its conducted. Every coin has two sides and one suggestion is to listen to both sides of the story (boss and employee) and then evaluate / analyze before making a decision. Anyone can make mistakes and no one is born knowing everything in this world. The employee's concerns matter as much as anyone in the company. And when you let go people, atleast learn to say calming words like "I'm sorry! But there might be a better opportunity waiting for you" or "You would be better off somewhere else". Layoff is a pain and understand that! These are simple things that do not have to be taught. HR should be more involved in the review process - Try to get a group meeting setup with the employee, boss and whoever, listen & analyze the circumstances carefully before making a decision. Treat everyone as a valued asset and not like a doormat. Oh and one important thing - In a review learn to talk about good achievements and bad things (not just the mistakes committed). That helps motivate employees to achieve better. Take this advise or not - Your choice!!! This is only for the company's growth in the right direction.


  11. Helpful (15)

    "It's a horrible company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Database Administrator Technical Director in Norman, OK
    Former Employee - Database Administrator Technical Director in Norman, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Power Costs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They don't actually chain you to the desk, there are some times that you don't have to stand in line at the restroom, and some days, the parking lot isn't totally full.

    Cons

    The company expects employees to work all day and then be available any other time. They equate hard work with time spent, and don't value innovation at all. There are a select few that have been there 10+ years that get all of the rewards. Everyone else is stuck with 2% raises, poor bonuses, no training, no career growth, and every action they take subject to an incompetent CFO and CTO. The CFO is the CEO's sister-in-law and the CTO is the CEO's former grad student. Neither should be in their roles, but they run the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get a real CFO and CTO, tell the CEO to either retire or start leading the company again, buy the systems needed to support the organization, and quit lying to employees about compensation.

    Power Costs Response

    Aug 12, 2015 – Sr. Director of Human Resources

    Not every company is the perfect fit for every employee. PCI continues to grow with employees who are enthusiastic about the organization and the work that we do.



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