What You Should Know
Employees at energy efficiency company EnergyLogic Inc. share the company’s environmental commitment. All staffers say the firm boasts a caring culture and hires people who fit in well. Employees enjoy flexible scheduling and four weeks of paid time off for full-time workers. EnergyLogic also hires many part-time and hourly employees, which contributes to its 98 percent rating for work-life balance. Those seeking diversity among co-workers likely won’t find EnergyLogic a fit. But perks like custom-painted work spaces, a community garden, dog-friendly offices and a monthly happiness survey -- that managers act on -– help make it a great workplace for every staffer. Says one employee, “Management tries very hard to include everyone and their opinions in the decisions about where the company is going and how to get there.”
WHAT THEY DO
EnergyLogic is an energy efficiency company that helps various industries build efficient homes. The company serves a variety of clients including builders, utility providers and other energy professionals.
| Website: www.nrglogic.com
|| US Headquarters: Berthoud, Colorado
| US Sites: 2
|| Major Locations: Berthoud, CO; Denver, CO
| US Employees: 46
|| US revenues: $3.4 million
| Worldwide revenues: $3.4 million
|| Founded: 2006
| Industry: Other
How much responsibility would I have? What kind of support is there for professional development?
Great Rated! conducted an anonymous survey of randomly selected employees to assess the quality of the workplace challenges the company provides. At EnergyLogic, 94 percent of employees report the company often or almost always provides needed training, fair promotions and personally challenging work. Another 6 percent report the company sometimes provides these opportunities, for a combined positive rating from 100 percent of employees in the Great Challenges category.
EnergyLogic employees help homeowners improve their homes by offering energy auditing and energy rating services. The company has approximately 46 employees in the United States, where they operate two offices.
Every employee surveyed (100 percent) says they carry a lot of responsibility in the organization, and 100 percent also say that their managers trust them to carry out these responsibilities without micromanaging them. For a large majority of employees (91 percent), their work at EnergyLogic is more than just a job: the chance to improve the energy efficiency of homes so they have the lowest possible impact on the planet provides special meaning.
At EnergyLogic, 91 percent of employees feel they receive the training and development they need to further their careers. While it is often difficult for companies to ensure that promotions are awarded fairly across organizations, at EnergyLogic, 92 percent say that promotions consistently go to those who best deserve them, exceeding what one can typically expect even at the very best companies in the country.
Supporting Employee Development
- Average annual training for part-time hourly employees: 10 hours
- Average annual training for full-time salaried employees: 30 hours
- EnergyLogic calls their performance reviews "Bobs" to represent a friendly, two-way conversation one might have with an ordinary guy named Bob. These reviews are future-oriented to see where an employee wants to go next and how to get there. The organization is committed to promoting from within and even encourages employees to move into different areas of the company.
Every person in the company has a special role. From the outset, I was shown where I fit in the company and also given an overview by all the major program managers. I was also already in the organizational chart on the first day of employment. It felt great to know not only where I fit in, but also where and how my job would function as part of the entire company.
What would my colleagues be like? How do people have fun? How formal a workplace is it?
At EnergyLogic, 98 percent of employees say they often or almost always enjoy their colleagues and find their workplace to be fun and cooperative. Another 2 percent sometimes benefit from these qualities, for a combined positive rating from 100 percent of employees in the Great Atmosphere category.
EnergyLogic operates two locations in Colorado. The company aims to make each employee feel comfortable at work by offering them the option to have either sitting or standing desks and letting them choose the color of their work spaces.
Fun and Celebrations
- EnergyLogic employees balance work with relaxation and always have something fun going on. They hold contests, brew beer and enjoy bocce ball tournaments on warm Friday afternoons. Many employees share a love of the outdoors and take advantage of recreational opportunities such as rafting trips, fishing, paragliding, climbing and skiing.
Caring and Support
- When difficult life issues arise, employees can talk with their managers to work out a plan for the situation. Staff at EnergyLogic often display spontaneous and generous support for each other. When a crisis or milestone occurs, they move into action: making and delivering meals, putting together gift baskets and related activities.
People celebrate special events around here.
EnergyLogic works hard to find creative ways to make our company special. We craft welcome spaces, give staff a lot of control over their physical space, involve everyone in many decisions and seek input on all decisions. Staff pick out the color of their work spaces, they select either standing or sitting desks, they have remarkable control over their time off.
What kind of perks and benefits are part of the employment package? What is the work-life balance like? Does the company appreciate hard work?
At EnergyLogic, 92 percent of employees often or almost always find the company compensates them fairly, provides special and unique benefits, supports their work-life balance and shows genuine appreciation for their contributions. Another 8 percent reports they sometimes receive these benefits as well, for a combined positive rating from 100 percent of employees in the Great Rewards category.
There are always special incentives and rewards for good work or special performances, and any manager is allowed to give those rewards out. If there is a deadline to meet, everyone pitches in without asking. We all feel like helping because we care about our company.
COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS
| $35,360 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Logistics/Customer Support
|| $40,000 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Rater
| 100% 401(k) match of employee's salary, up to 3% of an employee's contribution
|| 50% Company-paid health coverage for employees
| 20 hours Weekly hours at which part-timers receive health care coverage
PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
- Free snacks during the day
- Free beverages during the day
WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS
| 28 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment
|| 60 days job protected maternity leave provided above and beyond FMLA
| 9 days Paid leave for adoptive parents
WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS
- Unpaid sabbaticals
- Telecommute option (70% use it)
- Offsite subsidized child care
- Elder care resources
- Flexible schedule (80% use it)
- Job sharing (30% use it)
- Lactation rooms
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People are encouraged to balance their work life and their personal life.
The company does a great job of managing the work-life balance with ample vacation so you aren't made to feel guilty when you take time off to decompress and re-energize yourself.
HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS
- Dental care
- Prescription drug subsidy
- Vision care
- Mental health care
ONSITE HEALTH BENEFITS
What inspires employees' company spirit here? Do people stand by their teams' work? What impact do people have outside the organization?
At EnergyLogic, 96 percent of employees report that they often or almost always carry meaningful responsibilities within the organization and are proud of their accomplishments, community impact and the company's reputation in the world. Another 4 percent report that they sometimes experience this pride as well, for a combined positive rating from 100 percent of employees in the Great Pride category.
EnergyLogic has had a role in improving more than 10,000 new homes in Colorado. It's also a leader in programs like Energy Star and LEED for Homes.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
The owners of the company believe we provide a useful service to the industry as well as humanity. That is reflected in how they run the business and who they hire. Hiring people who share the vision makes for a culture that is supportive and rewarding to be involved with.
Supporting the Community
- $7,658 in philanthropic donations in the last year
- Every year, EnergyLogic makes corporate donations to many area and state charities, often based on where employees would like them to contribute. Employees also pitch in to volunteer time for causes, such as a special building blitz for Habitat for Humanity.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
We get to play house detectives on a daily basis which helps builders, home owners and utilities save energy and make homes more efficient, comfortable and safe. We diagnose building deficiencies and defects and help get these resolved, resulting in better, higher-performing and longer-lasting buildings.
How easy is it to talk with managers and get the information I need? Will managers listen to my input?
At EnergyLogic, 94 percent of employees say they often or almost always experience a free and transparent exchange of ideas and information within the organization. Another 5 percent sometimes have this experience as well, for a combined positive rating from 99 percent of employees in the Great Communication category.
EnergyLogic operates out of two offices with approximately 45 employees. Although many employees would prefer to work out of one central office, it is evident that communication works well at this company: almost every employee (98 percent) feels that their leaders genuinely seek and respond to their suggestions and ideas. The same percentage report they can expect a straight answer to any reasonable question they ask their managers, and they feel the leadership team is consistently approachable and easy to talk with. A significant 93 percent also say management makes its expectations clear, and more than eight out of 10 employees (88 percent) say managers keep people informed about important issues and changes within the company.
Management tries very hard to include everyone and their opinions in the decisions about where the company is going and how to get there.
What are managers' leadership strengths?
At EnergyLogic, 97 percent of employees say their managers often or almost always act with integrity and care, are competent in their positions and provide clear directions and vision for the organization. Another 3 percent say their managers sometimes display these characteristics, for a combined positive rating from 100 percent of employees in the Great Bosses category.
EnergyLogic employees widely appreciate the flexibility and autonomy their leaders encourage at the company. They describe managers as effective, honest and caring. A full 100 percent of employees feel their managers are competent at running the business. All staffers surveyed consider their leaders to be honest and ethical in their business practices and that managers' actions match their words. One hundred percent of employees also say they believe managers would lay people off only as a last resort. Additionally, 98 percent say they feel management shows a sincere interest in them as people, not just employees, and avoids playing favorites, 17 points better than can be expected at even the best companies.
Management honestly cares about the happiness of the employees.
Great Perks and Programs
- Flexibility: One of EnergyLogic's unique traits is its support of hourly and part-time employees. Hourly employees receive exactly the same benefits as salaried employees, proportional to the time they work. The company also offers the opportunity for people to work from home, and provides employees with laptops and iPhones to ensure they have the tools needed to work remotely.
- Environmentally Responsible: Employees value the contributions they make to energy conservation through their work and show their commitment to environmental responsibility in several ways. Company cars are fuel efficient, and management buys carbon offsets for the whole company. Employees are also dedicated recyclers and they have almost achieved a paperless field inspection process.
- "Rock Star" Awards: Employees who go above and beyond receive $50 and a rock star bubblegum card. Achievements and milestones, both professional or personal, are celebrated regularly. For annual anniversaries with the company, every employee, whether full-time or part-time, receives a $25 gift card. Employees who celebrate their fifth anniversary with EnergyLogic receive an additional 40 hours of paid time off.
- Happiness Project: EnergyLogic managers believe that happy employees make better workers and better citizens, and the company is committed to doing what it can to ensure people feel valued on the job. Leaders conduct monthly happiness surveys to track trends to see where their "problem spots" are. Every three months they also hold focus groups where they tackle one specific area for improvement. Managers take the results and recommendations from the focus groups and determine plans for implementation of those suggestions and changes.
- Dogs: Dog lovers will be thrilled to know that dogs are not only allowed but encouraged to be at the office. On any given day, several dogs may be roaming around the office, providing what some employees call an instant stress reliever!
Great Rated! collected feedback from EnergyLogic employees via an anonymous survey. Following are common reasons employees said they appreciate their workplace.
"I have never worked for a company that cared so much about its employees. We do "Happiness @ Work" surveys every couple of months and management tracks the trends and acts on the information that comes from them."
"Most management has done the field work portion of our job, so they are very sympathetic to operational changes and how they affect the job and personal time."
"Our company took the bold risk of hiring a number of part-time employees who needed to work around the schedules of their families. This team of workers flawlessly covers all the work requirements each day and also has the benefit of being part of their children's activities."
"This company is amazing in the way they allow for flexibility in the work-life balance."
"The owners care about the company and people."
"Management does a great job at hiring like-minded people. We all have very similar values and, therefore, get along very well. Even though we are widely spread across our work area, when we are together, we are like family."
"I appreciate the well thought out and progressive policies that make sense for employees and the company."
"People, management and regular staff really care about each other at EnergyLogic. Celebrating birthdays, work anniversaries, Salad Wednesdays and above-and-beyond accomplishments is standard practice and is done with genuine feeling. When necessary, time off and flexibility for managing personal schedules is also standard."
"The company is very flexible with their employees."
"Management is very grateful for the work that we do and continuously lets us know how much they appreciate our work and thanks us at every opportunity."
"One thing I love about working here is that we have a commitment to flexibility. Management trusts employees to get the work done -- and people are allowed to arrange their own hours and work schedule to a large degree."
"EnergyLogic values each person and their role here. I feel both empowered to ask questions and seek opportunity. Having requested to take time to take a training course, I was encouraged and applauded for my initiative."
How to Get Hired
We asked EnergyLogic for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
There is no substitute for the quality of the people that work in a company. EnergyLogic has sought out people who share the vision and the passion of our organization. We have found that a resume is just a starting place. Our goal is being part of a team that strives to build a better home, whether we work with a builder or a buyer. Because of that, we seek people who can communicate, people who try to put themselves in a client's place. Each person who works for EnergyLogic brings something unique to our business. Beyond the technical skills an energy rater needs, we seek people who can provide examples from their life of the following characteristics: leadership, enthusiasm, emotional intelligence and compassion for others.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
For our field personnel, it is essential that they have completed rater training. Beyond that, for every new hire, we want to see a genuine enthusiasm for working for EnergyLogic and a commitment to sustainability. While every job, from office manager to new homes rater, requires a general computer knowledge and acumen, overall what we want to see is heartfelt desire to be a "logician!"
Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?
Again, to be in the field, on the technical side of the house, every applicant must have completed, or be in the process of completing, rater training in order to be considered for an open position. For administrative personnel, each candidate should have basic computer, email, and smart phone skills and a great deal of enthusiasm, caring and humor! Also, you should like dogs and kids since they are in the office a lot!
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
We are always on the lookout for certified raters and auditors with a passion for making the planet healthier. We will be seeking enthusiastic logistics personnel who excel at detail and customer service.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
People interested in EnergyLogic should start with our website: www.nrglogic.com. On our website there our links to our blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Vimeo accounts. Read about our company, our team and our accomplishments. Feel free to contact us directly through the website or submit a resume via firstname.lastname@example.org.
||4Average number of applicants per opening
|32Applicants in past year
||4Openings in past year
|75%New hires by employee referrals