Smart Energy Water Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2020

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Smart Energy Water CEO Deepak Garg (no image)
Deepak Garg
94 Ratings
Pros
  • "There is no Pros at this company(in 13 reviews)

  • "I start working hard in SEW which was not easy but I am able to make it(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging but rewarding"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Energy Water full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I started my job 5+ years back when company was small but what i liked the team as they were very focus to work on challenges and provide solution. I start working hard in SEW which was not easy but I am able to make it. I seen growth like I never seen from 10 people to hundreds of employees/clients and lot of new opportunities and growth for me and others.

    Cons

    Company hired good amount of junior resource and not everybody was able to match what is /was required by company which really created a balance issue with in our team as some team members were working very hard and some were on learning curve.

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  2. Helpful (12)

    "Stay Clear of SEW"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Energy Water full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Every good leader and team member seems to be interviewing and exploring opportunities at other organizations

    Cons

    By far the most dishonest and toxic environment I've ever been exposed to. Starting from the false promises made during the interview process, to how projects are sold and delivered, even to how clients are communicated with. Leadership expectations placed on employees are unclear at best and completely ludicrous at worst. Employees regularly complain about being overworked, under appreciated, and verbally crushed by leadership. The US employees are also expected to work both US and India hours (e.g. after each 10-12 hour work day, US employees are expected to participate in late night calls with India every night until 1-2am). No matter how desperate you are to find a job, do not accept a role at SEW.

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  3. Helpful (8)

    "This place will make you think you’re bad at your job"

    1.0
     in Irvine, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Smart Energy Water

    Pros

    There are a few really nice people in the office and pay is competitive

    Cons

    The onboarding there is awful. No one knows a new hire is coming until the day they start, which makes everyone who holds a similar position feel like their job is at stake (this is by design as this place values competitiveness over collaboration). Once hired the job duties will be different than what was mentioned during the interview process, leaving everyone uncertain of what should actually be done and who is responsible. When you do start having a better idea of your job, you’ll realize you don’t have access to any of the tools or information required to make you successful. After all of this, you’ll have upper management check in and ask why you haven’t accomplished anything. That’s a quick summary of your first 30 days. Once you start to figure out the politics of the office (there are many) and actually get to do some work, something will happen (an upset customer, a lost sale, etc) and you’ll get thrown under the bus for not doing something that you were never informed was part of your duties. People there are quick to throw someone under the bus to save themselves, it’s not because they’re mean people, it’s because that’s how this environment groomed them to behave. It’s a mess. Directors are hired and their subordinates are told not to give them any information. You’ll receive a verbal approval, but nothing can move forward without an approval via email (and goooood luck getting that). Customers are often upset because of delayed implementations, which are often delayed because developers offshore are slammed with work. Projects , and change requests, are placed in priority based on how upset customers are, so for those projects who had detailed plans in place; your project will now be delayed due to other projects inefficiencies (sorry!). No matter what you do, how many loop holes you find, how many late night calls with India you have; it is never enough. This place will make you think you’re bad at your job .

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  4. Helpful (7)

    "Extremely toxic culture and fake people"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Smart Energy Water full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I can't think of anything positive at all. The only thing one can learn is how not to run a company or how not to treat your peers.

    Cons

    The moment you walk into the office, you can feel that everyone has their guards up. No one would be smiling which feels pretty odd. Only people who have been able to survive are people who are people who suck up to senior leadership. Deepak, CEO & Founder is a joke. Before accepting the offer just have a conversation with the guy and you would get the answer whether or not you should invest your time and energy in this POS "company". They have a culture of lying to their clients, employees, contractors. It's a sham of a company. Directors and HR know this fact and they are paranoid about it so they think twice before putting anything on mail or before saying anything out loud. They insist on keeping communication verbal - not leaving any paper trail behind.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Do Not Expect Any Growth"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Smart Energy Water full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart Energy Water offers competitive compensation.

    Cons

    - There is an undefined, disorganized approval process. Many times, projects will need to go through India and/or the CEO. Expect to be bottlenecked by this. - If you are a creative, you will receive direction from people who aren't creatives and need to produce pieces you know aren't good (see above for approval process). - Sometimes you will receive zero direction and sit around wondering what to do. - Too many meetings, too little action. - Appreciated HR's efforts to create a culture but that comes from the top down.

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  6. Helpful (10)

    "The Known IT All and Train Conductor, CEO"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Energy Water full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    SEW has absolutely no pros!

    Cons

    Worst leadership ever! antiquated processes, think word and excel for everything. CEO has to make every decision, including where people sit and what snacks are offered. He doesn’t trust anyone. If you disagree with the the CEO or at all pushback you will be written up. The team doesn’t know what they are building or selling because it’s a revolving door, the client always suffers. There are two types of SEW employees, those that have already left and those that are trying to leave.

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  7. Helpful (7)

    "IT Management Demeaning and abusive"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Smart Energy Water full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is nothing positive, that's why high personal rotation. If someone hates your company it's because your poor management.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, poor salary, the most unprofessional Product management and technology leader , the culture, micro management

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  8. Helpful (9)

    "It’s a place to avoid working at! Not a Smart Career Move to Cone here!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Manager in Orange, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Energy Water full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice gym in the building. It’s close to a lot of shops. Nothing about the company.

    Cons

    It’s a place to avoid working at! No work from home policy but expect you to take late night calls till 2am and travel 60% of the time

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Good location but bad management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smart Energy Water full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location, great target market segment

    Cons

    Lot of work with little or no appreciation

  10. Helpful (8)

    "Very poor culture"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Energy Water full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    HR Team is very engaged and is desperately trying to create a positive and fun culture in the office. However, theirs is a losing battle.

    Cons

    The company has a very poor culture. It does not collaborate very well, there is very little accountability, especially with the offshore India teams, there is complete inability to communicate in writing so daily, multi-hour calls are par for the course from around 9pm to midnight. There is very little process, no code reviews, and no pull requests. There are no sprints or backlogs or any kind of organized method of software development that I saw. There is little to no prioritization and the teams lurch from one crisis to another. The leadership is very reactive and does not plan very well.

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