Field Service Technician (Current Employee) – Sterling, VA – April 4, 2015
job interviewer made it seem O.K. but in reality its less than anticipated. inconsistent allocation of work BARELY more than minimum wage for working with live electricity. management is grossly overworked. upper management has no idea what they are doing and doesnt care about its employees. no communication. If this company could get away with not paying their employees they would. no sick days no vacation. you'll have days off because the power company does but you don't get paid for them.. If i were you i would exhaust all efforts to find another job before taking this one. I was told $600 a week only had two weeks like that since december..... again this job IS NOT worth it...
Meter replacer (Current Employee) – Bow, NH – March 17, 2015
Before we start working we get trained in the classroom about safety, and in the field by a supervisor on how to change the meters. A typical day would be getting counted in at the warehouse,getting a daily route sheet, stocking the company vehicle with the amount of meters we need. After that we have a meeting with everybody and talk about issues or what we're doing right, then we leave the warehouse for our route which we do by ourselves, then we come back at the end of the day to get counted again. I learned how to change electric meters, what the risks are, and how to use the handheld device while we change them. We don't really converse with our co workers except for in the morning before we leave and after we get back.The hardest part of the job sometimes is finding the houses or meters if its a pole or pedestal, sometimes the covers are tough to get back on and latch up also. The most enjoyable part of the job is the freedom we have because we're by ourselves all day. What I don't like about it is that we don't get paid by the hour, we get paid by the meter. I started at $2.14 per meter and since its tougher during the winter they raised it to $3. That also makes it so we don't get any paid sick days or vacations because the money we make varies by the day. We also don't get many benefits, if any at all.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – VA – July 17, 2015
Worst company I've ever worked for! This is a mom & pop operation, but this family is filled with dysfunction. The focus of the company has changed many times over the years as technology (& their focus) became outmoded. With each change of direction and search for revenue comes another level of inexperience & lack of understanding by management; no one ever seems to know what is going on. They'll jump at any new field if they think they can make a buck out of it, no matter how unprepared they are. And being family owned, you may be drawn into family feuds.
Turnover is extremely high, so much so that the few long time employees don't bother to learn new employees' names until they've been there 6 months. Few new employees reach that point. Why? Many people are hired into jobs for which they are not qualified, or which end up being different from what they expected (hired as a Project Designer and told you'd be a Project Manager instead). There is no training, no onboarding, no guidance at all. Bottom line--not quality--is all that matters, so expect to be told to lie to your clients & be treated as a pariah if you try to insist on accuracy/quality.
Women are treated worse than men. In a common situation, a male interviewer told a female candidate, "If you have ideas, you can tell them to us and we'll tell you why you are wrong." Most of the time, men are brought in at substantially higher salaries than their female counterparts. There was a huge racial disparity, with only 1 African American on staff for several years.
The owners micromanage and treat employeesmore... as either invisible or as naughty children to be punished. Management fosters an atmosphere of fear and unhealthy competition. There is no sense of job security, as people are fired regularly, especially if they are due any sort of bonus. Lying & backstabbing is a huge part of this company, and you will feel your soul being sucked away if you stay too long.less
Experienced Field Technician (Current Employee) – Herndon, VA – September 20, 2014
A typical day at work is early start time. all day in the field with hardly any supervision, and you work at your pace. Management is overworked. Great co-workers. Hardest part of the job is the customers! The most enjoyable part of the job is quit time!
Process Quality Analyst (Current Employee) – Herndon, VA – October 4, 2011
This company is a great place to get started, unfortunately, the manager working with the Drafting team does not follow his word, leaves way to many things floating, making the days go bad, people get frustrated very fast and if they tell you that you would be promoted, DONT COUNT ON IT, specially if they tell you that you would be paid more