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Spark Energy Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • Lack of concrete processes which is typically for a growing company which also translates to unnecessary finger pointing when critical issues arise (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Small and Growing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spark Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work 1-on-1 with some of the smartest group in the Energy Retail space
    Work/Live balance
    Location is great (just off beltway and I-10)
    Growing company with opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Growing company pains
    Merger and Acquisition activities are daunting

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up and remember your greatest asset is your employees


  2. "Great place to work if you can handle mass workload but small pay."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with if you are looking to build knowledge across multiple markets at a fast pace. You will never get bored for sure.

    Cons

    Leadership has frozen all raises across company but management have been instructed to overwork employees and to give them 120 more work. When employee ask what are the pay brackets by department they refuse to provide it. I understand that pay should not be discussed but thats at individual level. Why would they not provide department ranges to give the employee an idea where they are and motivate them to work harder to get to the next bracket. Some resources from company made it clear that leadership are still getting raises and really high bonuses but the small employees who end up doing all work get to work from home on days off but still get paid minimal salary.

    Advice to Management

    Be more understanding toward your employees they want to make money and know where they stand just like you do. People want to know what range they fall in and set gos to reach next bracket. Having all raises frozen for the time being is understandable but not sharing what department pay ranges are makes it seem like your taking advantage of your employees and all that is doing is breaking the loyalty some employees have towards the company. A happy employee = a productive business.

  3. "Better Alignment of Deptment Priorities Needed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Spark Energy full-time

    Pros

    benefits appear to be above local norm and HQ still small enough to know the key people required to get things done.

    Cons

    Multiple IT systems not in sync with each other. Sr Mgmt not tuned in to key points of conflict between depts, systems.


  4. "Best company I have ever worked for!"

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture. Employees are developed and performance is rewarded.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say. These people treat me like gold.


  5. "Nice Environment"

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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 Spark Energy full-time

    Pros

    - Small company setting
    - Easy to know everyone you interact with on a personal level
    - Good pay and benefits
    - Free parking :-)

    Cons

    If not careful, you can find advancement impossible


  6. "Lots of industry knowledge for a beginner"

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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 Spark Energy full-time

    Pros

    Company into 20 states so great opportunity to learn and become experienced with different utilities. Great for the self starter. Work/life balance flexibility if you prove your worth. Industry level or above in regards to compensation at the graduate level positions

    Cons

    Can be overwhelmed with internal politics. Lack of concrete processes which is typically for a growing company which also translates to unnecessary finger pointing when critical issues arise

    Advice to Management

    Processes and procedures need to be defined, be concrete and implemented


  7. "I'm Very Thankful for Spark Energy!"

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

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

    Pros

    The top pros, in my opinion, are work-life balance, my respective Leader, my team members/colleagues, my role, pay/benefits and the culture. I am very thankful for my career at Spark Energy. They were very accommodating to me during a personal matter, which makes me more dedicated/loyal to them in return.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons. Sometimes it can be stressful but all jobs have some level of stress. The pros far outweigh any stress.

  8. "Spark Energy Great Place to work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are really really great!

    Cons

    Personally, only major con is location.


  9. "Great company, very respectful and professional"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Spark Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Treat employees with respect.
    - Everything is professional and proper, as we are publically traded.
    - Calm, friendly environment, with a family feel.

    Cons

    I have no cons to mention, as I am very happy at Spark Energy. If there were any cons, I would have listed them.


  10. "Great Company/Family!"

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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 Spark Energy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is an amazing company to be a part of. I love and enjoy coming to work everyday and being part of this family. My journey so far has been full of fun and continuous opportunity.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about Spark Energy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. All of management seems to be focused not only on our customers and consumers but our employees as well. The team has made Spark energy feel like a big family.


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