RICHARDSON, TEXAS -- I am a United States Navy Combat Veteran. I proudly served in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield onboard the USS JFK CV-67. I suffer from PTSD, MST and a long list of other elements including an Oxygen Tank. I am hardworking dedicated husband and father of 10 who back in 2014 lost my positions as Director of Operation for an IT company. Due to my qualifications it took me almost a year to find employment. During that time we lost everything and ended up homeless. During this time an associate of mine does business with Stream and sponsored me to join the business so now I am a dedicated team member .
I since have started our transition with support and stability and have the ability to function back in today's society. I am on a fixed income and I have explained to the sales representative. I have also explained this to them on 3 different occasions, not one I was given instructions as to proper protocol. Every time I am paid I pay my bills so my services have been interrupted 3 times and I have to explain the same story. Finally I was informed of the proper protocol in regards to fixed incomes.
So on 7/13/2016 my services were disconnected so I contact Stream energy and express my concerns and that I am paid on the 15th. "Could you please give me an extension until then?" Their reply was "I am sorry. There is nothing we can do." Well it is 100 plus degrees outside and I have disabilities that need energy. I was told they couldn't help us out. This was heartbreaking to me along with the representative having a aggressive tone. So I clearly asked to speak to an Executive Level Manager and I was told I would have to email customer service. So my reply was "Why I am talking to you now?" So I mainly felt abandoned and my concerns were null and void.
I explained to Stream's Customer Services Supervisors whom I couldn't understand due to a language barrier, that there are 2.8 million plus veterans and "Imagine the impact this letter would have on your bottom line." And this guy's reply was "I am sorry. There is nothing I could do to help." So I reach out to different resources like churches and other organizations and I was told "We do not conduct business with Stream Energy." So if our Community doesn't support them I will no longer support them as well.
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS -- Stream Energy is like any other electric provider until something goes wrong. I was a long time customer without any issues. However, the first time I had an issue I realized how little this company cares about its customers. As I do every time my contract expires, I search for better rates.
Around 13 Jun, I tried to see if a better rate was available at Steam Energy for long time customers but only what was published was available. So far no problems, I also asked when my 2 year contract expired and they indicated the 1 July. At least that is what I thought at the time. I called in June since I received several emails and voice messages indicating my contract was about to expire. Well you guessed it, I cancelled on 5 Jul based on the information provided but my contract actually expired 1 Aug and a $250 fee was charged.
Given all that I figured I would be able to work with the company to come to some consensus since they are the ones telling me my contract is expiring, but who am I kidding. First, I had a real difficult time understanding the agents I contacted but it was always the same scripted answer, the fee was legitimately applied. I think when I was on hold they just went for a coffee break because I always got the same answer.
The lesson here is do not sign up with Stream Energy if you think you will ever have any reason to contact customer service because they are there just to frustrate you. Absolutely don't make any decisions based on what they tell you, read the contract if you can find it after 2 years. I blame myself for not reading the fine print but I blame Stream Energy for its lack of understanding especially since they Lead me to cancel early. Also, I had a great rate, my current rate is much higher so I did not cancel for my benefit. It was only due to the incorrect info provided by customer service or lack thereof.
NORTHAMPTON, PENNSYLVANIA -- I have been with Stream Energy for 3 years and I renewed in December for 12 months. I looked at my electric bill this month and noticed my Stream rate is much higher than my electric company's rate. When I called the customer service area they said I didn't renew my contract. Since I didn't write down the name of the person I spoke to in December they didn't do anything. I cancelled on the spot. This is a rip-off company in my opinion.I know I renewed because I only renewed for 12 months since that rate was lower. I am so angry, my electric bill is big enough without some company taking advantage of me. Do not go with this company.
Absolutely the worst customer service of any company I've ever dealt with. If you are lucky enough to get an actual person on the phone, you won't be able to understand them due to their heavy accent. They disconnect you if you complain or ask for a supervisor. The wait time is ridiculous. I spent 3 hours one day trying to get an answer to a simple question. I signed up with them as a favor to a friend that was selling them. He no longer sells it because he said it was a scam and didn't make any money off of it. He also said too many of his friends were complaining about their customer service. Save yourself the frustration and go with another provider.
Stream Energy has the most incompetent employees I think I have ever encountered. Not only is there a language barrier when you call the customer service line, they have no clue as to how to resolve customer complaints. I signed on to this service as a favor to a friend. Never will I do that again.
I received low rates for the first year and in the middle of the second contract I stopped receiving bills. I called their service center asking what I owed and they said I no longer had account with them and that it was common for service to be stolen by competitors. At the time I was assured that the problem would be resolved and I would receive my bill in the mail. Four months passed and several phone calls were made. The final answer was that I switched my service to another provider and they had proof.
I called that provider and they had no record of my name, social or driver's license. I finally called Oncor and they told me that my service was inadvertently dropped and they would fix the problem. When I received my bill, it was enormous and I hoped to receive some compensation and that was a pipe dream. This company does not care about people or service, it is merely a vehicle for multi-level marketing. DO NOT USE THEM! Avoid the frustration.
LAREDO, TEXAS -- I have been Stream Energy customer for 3 years. I never had any problems with them, EXCEPT that this company CHARGES ELECTRICITY TOO MUCH the norm! It's ridiculous! I guess it's my fault though. I have moved out of my parents house and this is the energy provider that was recommended to me. For a small 1 bedroom apartment, no TV, no washer, AC is on only 10hrs a day since I work a lot, and I paid no less than $85/month from this company!
I put up with it for 3 years until I saw my boyfriends electric bill: he had his pool pump running few hours every day, AC set at 75 degrees daily, 3 bedroom house, with washer and dryer being used weekly, TV every morning and he pays mostly around $150! I pay $200 during summer peak with this company! I hope this review helps with those first timers like me. This company will rip your wallet. Please don't make the same mistake as I did!
FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- I have spoken to 6 of their reps. The last three have all hung up on me and the third was silent when I finally got off hold and then hung up. I have been receiving renewal calls for about a two months I believe. I had spoken with two people and advised I would not be renewing, I was getting married June 6, 2015 and would no longer be living in Texas but was moving to NYC with my new husband. I asked about the process and they informed me not to worry that I was canceling within a month of my contract and I would not have to pay a cancellation fee.
Then I called to get my final bill on Fri June 12 and the representative informs me he is charging a $200 cancellation fee even though I explained the situation. Now I have called three times today and the phone just keeps getting mysteriously disconnected when the first young man said 4 times don't hang up (seemed odd) when I asked for a supervisor. He then hung up when he was "attempting to transfer me". Now I have called back three more times today and keep getting mysteriously disconnect.
NORCROSS, GEORGIA -- There are many gas companies in GA to choose from. I randomly was referred to this one. Never again! I've never left a review for any company, ever, but for this one I will. I had nothing but problems with them from the beginning. From the date they scheduled my "turning on the gas date" to issuing my refund which they've been working on for 2 months now, mind you they're completely paid. I owe them no debt, and also was never late paying my bill. I've spoken to many reps and supervisors and currently still waiting on my refund from my deposit. I advised them I work in customer service and I feel sorry for the rest of their clients who have or are dealing with any similar issues.
I also told them never again would I use their services. And I'm pretty forgiving but they just really pushed the limit with me. They schedule dates and don't tell you the correct info. They promise you your money back within a timely manner like most companies do and they failed completely. It's an absolute shame. Please if you have another option besides Stream Energy in GA please take it from someone who knows, do not go with them.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I have been with Stream Energy for roughly two years. Yesterday, (02/03/15), I logged into my online account to make a payment and was directed to recreate my password for better security purposes. This included adding an uppercase, lowercase, number, and special character such as !, @, #, etc. This highly annoyed me, as I do not appreciate being told how to create MY password.
Upon entering my account, I went to pay my bill as I always do and realized that with their whole website change - they, without notifying me, added a convenience fee of $2.95 whether I pay by bank, or debit/credit card. I have been paying my bill online with no convenience fee and all of a sudden, without warning, they implement it. Absolutely unacceptable and for this reason I will be finding another provider.
I called their customer service and was told the only way to Dodge the fee is by enrolling in their automatic bank draft option. Well that's great, except for the fact that it takes 1-2 billing cycles to actually take effect. Maybe they should have considered their customers by sending a respectful email - allowing enough time to enroll in the bank draft to avoid the future convenience fees.
ATLANTA GA -- I used Stream Energy because it was recommended by the apartment complex I moved into. Little did I know, it would be the worst customer service experience of my life. Sadly, this is not an over exaggeration. If you want to never talk to a real person, accrue outrageous expenses on your bill for no apparent reason, and be charged a service fee ON TOP OF the service they are already charging you for in order to pay your bill (if their wonky website actually lets you pay your bill -- or they decide to pick up the phone) then you want Stream Energy. Seriously, one of the worst decisions I have ever made. I hope/know this company will go under.