Enviva Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Enviva is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, an energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Enviva was founded in 2004 and was first located in Richmond, Virginia. Headquarters were transferred to Bethesda, Maryland in 2011. The company conducted an initial public offering in 2015 and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under EVA.
On July 2020 a former employee wrote for Indeed a review about working at Enviva, he said Run from there: Should be listed on Bethesda's worst places to work. Non-supportive environment, long hours, and no clear sense of direction or purpose. Management in the back office is horrible and does not project a sense of leadership or direction. No work life balance. Unless you enjoy 12-14 hour days and being on-call all weekend.
Current Employee - Corporate says"Everything about working here is a con."
Former Employee - Senior Accountant says"Very unprofessional upper management. Witnessed peers being cursed, threatened, intimidated, and work/life balance is non-existant. I have never worked at such a place or even heard of anyone else who worked at such a horrible place. It is an embarrassment for an American company to treat it's employees so poorly. It is a TOXIC environment and this is proven out by the very high employee turnover rate. Also, for accounting, there is a very insufficient and poor ERP system which means you are asked to maintain hundreds of Excel spreadsheets and for them to be perfect. If you accept a job with them you WILL regret it. No one is happy there."
Current Employee - Project Manager says"This is a classic example of the modern failure of companies. Management has empowered a bunch of inexperienced MBA finance people to run their projects in upper management Because they have been empowered by title and position, they are being told they know more than the people at the project level They don’t"
Former Employee - Projects says"Whatever the Pros are, they are significantly outweighed by the Cons. The most serious downside is upper management, especially that over Operations. They have high turnover for a reason. The several mentions of long working hours and poor work / life balance are here for a reason. There are plenty of other, much larger, 24/7 industrial companies that don't struggle like this. Yes, they pay pretty well. Other companies pay just as well and better. Why does upper management perform poorly? They overwhelmingly come from industries dissimilar to Enviva's core business, and their logic and decision making strategies don't align with what the company actually does. The plant's are not assembly lines, but management wants them run that way. Everyone is learning on the fly what it means to run a processing company, but instead of acknowledging their failures and changing course, it's as though they dig their heels in deeper. Despite several fancy business degrees running around the company, they've not yet been able to correct what all these reviews over several years have repeatedly said. I don't think management is stupid. I think they're arrogant. I saw many dedicated, hard working individuals get openly and publicly maligned and defamed by management. There are still several good people working here, and I firmly believe that if the CEO and the board did a major shakeup with upper management, Enviva would see tremendous growth."
Current Employee - Manager says"This place has not changed much. It is still a huge mess. For accurate and real review of this place, please read all the lowest rating reviews as they represented what actually happened and are still very true. Things to expect if you take a job here include, but not limited to utterly incompetent director, backstabbing snake coworkers, total lack of integrity/consistency/strong leadership/true embrace of decency and excellence from management. Overall not a good place to work at all."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Leadership absolutely does NOT walk their talk. Excellent spin doctors. Salaries at top are over compensated for size of company. Unprofessional treatment of professionals. ALL decisions go through the CEO. Unable to delegate authority and manages through fear and intimidation. HR weak and led by inexperienced puppet of CEO. Arrogance pervades the senior staff and deaf to suggestions. Proof is extremely high turnover rate. Odd for a growing company that should be offering growth opportunities."
Current Employee - Administrative Assistant says"Do not let those few sprinkled, well placed reviews fool you. I can guarantee they were placed there by HR (the worst HR department in history). Its a wonder how this company has survived as long as it has. Elitist attitudes behind the glass doors, plenty of people being paid well over 6 figures with NO knowledge of what they're doing, people running departments who've NO experience in that particular arena.... This place is just a big mess. The turnover is the highest I've seen in any company I've worked for, employees are clearly unhappy, there's no work life balance - you're expected to respond even when on vacation (you would think they know that violates work labor laws, but then again no one knows what they're doing here) and please don't think your education and past experience matters here because it doesn't..... Just run and run in the opposite direction FAST! Obviously the Board Members don't care about the survival of this company because, if they did, one would think they would've made MAJOR changes a long time ago!"
Former Employee - Associate says"Poor work-life balance. Toxic elitist culture, unskilled management."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Communication within the department"
Current Employee - Human Resources Manager says"Grossly incompetent managers, a revolving door of disgruntled employees and truly a miserable company to work for. Ships or plants catch on fire literally every month. One of my main duties is to put out PR statements casting blame elsewhere and extolling the wonderful nature of this company. Truly no one cares about fixing anything, and human resources spends about 75% of its time on job sites lying about how wonderful it is to work here, and 25% of its time trying to replace all the disheartened people who tried to work here but got burnt out."
Decontamination Technician (Former Employee) says"Stay away don't even think about it worst working area and environment ever your days off are not your days off they make up meeting to come to on off days pay time off yeah , You just swapping days get ready to be throwed to the wolf's if you going to work here NIGHTMARE JOB if your ready to end your life then please work hereLearn to pinch a pennyGet promises great things but only get lied to"
Operations Manager (Former Employee) says"Worst experience I have ever had in ~30 years in engineering. This company's culture is hostile, intimidating, and completely disfunctional to the core. Numerous examples of executive leadership resorting to yelling expletives to their subordinates. Numerous examples of short cutting safety. Even saw plant manager witness an employee enter a confined space with no lockout or confined space permit. Overall, hard working and dedicated hourly staff being led down the wrong path by leaders who have no clue about how to treat the company's most important asset...its people.NoneToo Many to List"
Operator (Former Employee) says"Myself along with several others are planning to quit, this place needs new management, and safety. They only hire friends. Need new management and more safety.PaycheckDeath trap"
Maintenance (Former Employee) says"If you are considering this, just stop. Back stabbing conniving people everywhere. Management is terrible. A revolving door of knowitalls that never ends. No accountability. Everyone just wants to be a boss and blame somebody else. Non skilled labor makes as much or more money than skilled labor.Make a paycheckJust about everything"
Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) says"the only reason i gave this company a 1 star is because it would not let me put down 0 stars. the mangement will act like they care about your saftey untill the plant goes down then it goes out the door. the hours are terrible and they will try to contol your life.noneeverything"
Accountant (Former Employee) says"Should be listed on Bethesda's worst places to work. Non-supportive environment, long hours, and no clear sense of direction or purpose. Management in the back office is horrible and does not project a sense of leadership or direction. No work life balance. Unless you enjoy 12-14 hour days and being on-call all weekend.A group lunch provided each Friday; suspended due to COVID-19Long work hours, no appreciation for staff; no support for staff; lack of leadership"
Operation Specialist (Current Employee) says"This company is a joke, management and above have no respect for their employees not unless they bought you on board. Or you are a part of the click that think they are important! Many there are hired based on who they know not what they know. And in most cases that is pretty much nothing. they have no knowledge or experience for what they were hired for! I have never worked in an environment like this before (very rude, unprofessional and outright unjust)!! Oh yeah and micromanaging is a big thing in this company especially for those who are not a part of the click who think they are important or close to those that feel they are. Very stressful environment and looking very hard to get out of here. They have lost a lot of good experienced workers because of how they treat them by the way they operate.Free lunch on Fridays & good snacksGood benefits"
Manager (Former Employee) says"Management plays the victim card. What I mean is, nothing is ever their fault. When something bad happens and it does with regularity, they immediately blame the subordinates for the decisions they made. This organization has a great mission and vision, however, it is at the cost of the employees. Senior VP’s and Directors bully and yell at middle managers like they are common rats. The turnover rate in management is astronomical. I would like to believe that the CEO John Keppler is unaware of the atrocities going on within his organization"
Manager (Current Employee) says"As a manager my team is the most important component in the plant. That is to include everyone that works here. My job is made hard with no support from upper management. My major complaint is safety from the staff. In 20 plus years I deem Enviva the most unsafe place anyone could work. After a recent incident I almost called OSHA myself. What is being done about it nothing. My employees deserve a safe working environment, it would increase production. And raise morale. It is hard to two jobs at once so alot of safety gets ignored in the name of production.Its a jobWhen will the next incident take place, management doesnt care"
Former employee (Former Employee) says"Everyone is a target. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Not a good experience. Members of management are incompetent of decision making. Everyone there thinks they're in charge but accepts no responsibility."
Manager (Former Employee) says"That's what a regional manager told the employees in a group setting. This is the morning after half the plant had worked well over 24 hours to return to service following a failure that was caused by senior managements failure to provide resources needs to prevent the failure.Good people at plant levelSenior leadership are tyrants"
Commodity manager (Former Employee) says"The company does not value the people. They preach their principles but they are selectively applied. Operate with a questioning attitude but do not ask too many questions or you are in jeopardy. The culture is corrupt and you either join it or you are replaced. Would not wish anyone to work there and deterred a fellow professional from interviewing."
Apo (Former Employee) says"This place is horrible. The operations manager is the worst. The wood yard supervisor lives with him. He keeps getting better jobs that aren't posted. The higher ups know this and continue to let it happen. It's a complete joke. They don't advance anybody. You get no raises. And oh ya it's a joke. If you like getting yelled at if you like not knowing what to do on a day to day basis. If you like working off of management feelings day to day on what they want. Come work here."
Manager (Current Employee) says"No amount of money is worth your soul because that is what they expect.... your soul. Production and volume at all costs. Confined space entry with no permits. Unbelievable. Want a divorce, health problems, pure slavery, then join envivaPay24/7 work expectation"
Pellet Operator (Current Employee) says"Good working people around you. Knowledgeable people. Upper management is greedy as it gets. No pay raises worth talking about. You want get pay raises that amount to anything. 30 or 40 cent. Upper management looks at the plant working as if it was some fairy tale. They work on a computer from home and make changes to the plant and don’t have a clue what they’re doing and expect you to run they’re unrealistic changes"
Control Room Operator (Former Employee) says"I was a control room operator in greenwood. You have to sit in front of the computer 12 hours straight. You don't get normal breaks for restroom or lunch. I have never had so many managers over me. They call you on the phone at lest every hour to 30 minutes swearing at you. Awful environment. They can't keep people longer than 6 months in this position.If you really need a job.75% management, 25% labor force."
Manager (Former Employee) says"Management is the problem, I read the reviews of former employees thinking the CEO is unaware, in reality the poor culture starts at the narcissistic C level managers of the company. Words, and initiatives do not work because they are not really at the core of these 6-7 people thinking they are running the business."
Heavy Equipment Operator/Laborer (Current Employee) says"If your needing a job it’s a great place but if you want to make a career out of something look somewhere else people are hand picked for positions not treated fairly not payed for what they do and expected to do more than they should"
Regional Finance Director - Southeast (Former Employee) says"Enviva is a company that has a very strong "in the club" culture at the upper management level. Turn-over is very, very high due in part to that atmosphere. Average tenure is less than 2 years."
Technical Support (Former Employee) says"If the job doesn't stress you your manager will and for no constructive reason. Go in do your job and hope you don't get fired because you're not a part of the click or someone isn't trying to climb the latter.Good pay in my experience.high turnover in management"