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Smart Energy Water Reviews

Updated July 9, 2018
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Deepak Garg
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Pros
  • "Working for Smart Utility Systems has been both exciting and developmental for my areas of focus" (in 6 reviews)

  • "It would be easier to find a needle in a haystack at the bottom of the ocean than a good reason to work for this company" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Don't expect to have any work/life balance, emails should be responded to immediately, be it 6AM or 11PM" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Bad Management , no work life balance" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging but rewarding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Energy Water full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire more higher skilled team members to avoid our past problems.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "sales"

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

    Pros

    nice office location. Friday food vendors are great.

    Cons

    Do yourself a favor and read all the reviews before considering working there or purchasing anything from them. The CEO is unprofessional. He has no regard for others and will make you feel unappreciated and call you uneducated. I think it’s safe to say myself and others can go on and on about this place but to keep it short and sweet just STAY AWAY.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Hard working people and growing company. Not everyone makes the cut - see reviews below"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smart Energy Water full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Room to Grow
    - Can move to new roles
    - Changing environment
    - Something new everyday
    - Fast-paced
    - Industry Leader
    - Great People
    - Opportunity for good pay
    - Great facility, with restaurant and gym available
    - Lenient with travel and PTO
    - Hangouts and free food sometimes

    Cons

    - Resources are tight - but they are always hiring
    - Management styles can vary
    - Management can improve by listening to feedback of employees
    - Bottlenecks !!
    - People don't always work because you do have to perform and there are negative reviews like the ones below

    Advice to Management

    Work on listening to employees and clients to keep them and fix bottle necks.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Would not recommend"

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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 Smart Energy Water full-time

    Pros

    Nice location and very friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Product isn't built to the standard that is sold to the market. Difficult to sell but impossible to implement with a happy client in the end which tears down team morale.
    Speaking of team morale, the employees are treated as machines and are expected to work 24/7. But the issue here is there is only fluff to work on. Ideas thrown out in meetings that take priority over work in progress time after time which leads to many promises (internally and externally) with no real results.
    Overall a confusing and demoralizing place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees.
    Follow through with the actions suggested in the long and frequent meetings.
    Learn to prioritize and communicate honestly.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "READY TO GO BELLY-UP!"

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

    I worked at Smart Energy Water full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only Pro for this company is the building and location.. But even that is not enough to overcome the damage it will do to your sanity.

    Cons

    MANAGEMENT! Starting at the top with the CEO. All development is done off-shore so you not only have to work your regular 10-12 hour day in the office, but then you have to be available to review requirements and development with the off-shore team (usually around midnight US time).

    Advice to Management

    Admit the failure - go get a real job.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Needs a lot of improvement"

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

    I have been working at Smart Energy Water full-time

    Pros

    The idea behind the product is excellent.

    Cons

    The CEO/Founder is praised for being the first one in and the last one out, but that's more so he can track who's coming in early and staying late.

    If you don't work at least 10 hours a day, you are looked down on by upper management because you don't care enough about the company. Don't expect to have any work/life balance, emails should be responded to immediately, be it 6AM or 11PM. They have meetings every day, a few times a day, to discuss everything that is going wrong, instead of just fixing the issues.

    Of all the meetings that happen, and there are a lot, you will spend your time pointing fingers for any issue and patting management on the back for anything that happens to be working for that day.

    The application, it is some of the most poorly written code you can find. The developers are all off-shore, most have degrees in unrelated fields, took a 2 hour long .net class and are brought on. If you happen to look in the code, you will find things are copy/paste from sites teaching you how to code. There is copyright information on the application that was a copy/paste, then find/replace with the company name, but still has references to the original company it was taken from.

    Turn over at the company is almost comical, you will see and forget new faces every week. They should be celebrating when a new employee hits 3 months because it doesn't happen often.

    When interviewing, they will tell you whatever you want to hear, to get you in.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the employee, they are making the business happen. Hire properly trained employees, spend a little extra and get a better result. Stop with all of the meetings, they waste time and help no one. HR needs to spend more time with each employee to really understand the issues and help change things. The CEO needs to take a step back and get the right people.


  7. Helpful (14)

    "Pathetic Company and People"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Smart Energy Water full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing Absolutely for everything is horrible here

    Cons

    This is the worst place to work with. Go with the negative reviews if you want to save yourself. Positive reviews are as fake as the people who run this weird place. Starting from top down people are pathetic in the first order. They traumatized me so much that even after all these years I cannot speak confidently in front of a crowd. The CEO is the absolute worst of the lot!

    Advice to Management

    Please shut down and go away!

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Does not care about employee growth or retention"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Smart Energy Water full-time

    Pros

    Good for learning the ropes

    Cons

    low pay, not enough benefits, bad work culture

    Advice to Management

    There is no organization or system followed in how work is done. Team cooperation is a challenge. management exacerbates the problem. In a negative environment, people are invested only in blaming each other to save their own hides and an organization that supports such a culture is not a place for constructive development or mental sanity.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Might as well work at McDonald’s for min wage...it all would add up to be the same and you would still have a life..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The concierge that opens the door for you before you get inside the building...they make you feel good for a split second of your morning.

    Cons

    Everything about this place; they will take all of your self worth and confidence and crush it to make you feel like you have “no intelligence” and try to manipulate you and work you to death so you can prove yourself to a CEO
    that finds pleasure making people feel bad about themselves

    Advice to Management

    Have a heart and appreciate human beings for the work they do


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Worst company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Smart Energy Water full-time

    Pros

    Nothing, I can think about

    Cons

    No transparency, No Professionalism at all levels, No trust for very old employees

    Advice to Management

    If things do not change, very soon you will need to change the company name again.


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