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Does Duke Energy Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update February 7, 2020
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If a job in the energy sector interests you, you might ask: Does Duke Energy hire felons?

At Relaunch Pad, we ask companies this question directly. We also find out the answers to the following and more:

  • Does Duke Energy hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How can I apply for a job with the company?
  • Does Duke Energy do background checks or drug tests?
  • Do people like working there?

Our number one job is to assist you in applying for work with a criminal record. Many of us have been in your shoes and that’s why we want to help.

Does Duke Energy hire felons?

does Duke Energy hire felons in all roles

Official company policy for hiring felons

We’re not sure. We’re in the process of contacting the company to find out.

Duke Energy hired felons in the past?

There are online comments from staff that say they have.

Does Duke Energy hire people with misdemeanors?

We don’t know. However, keep in mind that felonies are more serious charges and they’ve apparently hired people with those before, so it’s possible.

Is Duke Energy on the Ban the Box list?

There are two initiatives in the United States to help ex-offenders when they apply for work. Here they are:

Ban the Box lists employers who want to find out about your qualifications before your criminal history. To help them do that, their job application forms don’t have a criminal record check box.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge is made by employers wanting to show they give all job applicants a fair change by not discriminating against former felons.

These programs will not help you get a job at Duke Energy with a felony or misdemeanor — the company doesn’t back either one.

Does Duke Energy have special programs for hiring felons?

Based on our research, no, they don’t.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Average likelihood of being hired with a felony

Our guess is that the odds are average and here’s why:

  • We don’t currently have the company’s official policy.
  • Staff commented online that you can get a job at Duke Energy with a felony.
  • The company doesn’t support two important programs — Ban the Box and the Fair Chance Business Pledge

What are some entry-level jobs?

The best example we found of an entry-level job at Duke Energy is a Customer Service Representative. The company’s website doesn’t say that you need a High School Diploma to get it.

However, you have to pass an online assessment that measures your aptitude for the job and analytical thinking skills. This position is responsible for handling customer calls — whether they’re from individuals, businesses or government.

How to get hired at Duke Energy with a felony

Check out the company’s careers page. This helps explain how to get hired at Duke Energy from the company itself.

Do your homework to write a top-notch resume that shows your values are in line with the company’s. Here are some tips:

  • Duke Energy wants staff committed to their jobs, so here are some examples of what to include:
    • List any time you volunteered at work, like at a food drive or helping United Way.
    • Add any committees you sat on, such as health and safety.
    • Did you show the ropes to new staff? Mention that too.
  • The company encourages you to improve your skills with training opportunities, so here are things to put in your resume:
    • Include any courses you took related to your job duties.
    • Note what certificates you earned for improving your skills.
    • Are you a high school dropout that went back for your GED? Say that.
    • College courses taken while in jail count too!
  • Duke Energy needs good team players, so make sure you cover this. Here are some tips:
    • Describe jobs that had teamwork, even with one other person.
    • Write down other teams you were on, likerec league sports or the school band.

Interviews can be nerve-wracking! Even so, this is the perfect time to show the company what you’re made of. Practice what you’ll say if you’re asked these questions:

  • Why do you want to work for us?
    • Include what you like about Duke Energy.
  • Tell us how you’ve dealt with failure.
    • Here’s your chance to explain your success after serving your sentence.
  • Explain how you handled a challenging customer service situation.
    • This could be a difficult person or a service problem that was hard to resolve.
  • How did you handle conflict at your last job?
    • You may not like everyone at work, but you must be professional. Focus on the skills you used to get the job done.

Does Duke Energy do background checks?

Honestly, this is a difficult question to answer. There’s nothing on their website and not enough online advice from staff. However, be ready to prove that you can legally work in the United States. They will check this through the E-Verify program. 

This is what you really need to know about the way background checks happen across the U.S.:

Some states only check back seven years. That helps if your record is older than that. Here are the states that do this:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

These states aren’t interested in offenses where you’ve been found not guilty:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

Be aware that it you apply for work in the following states, your whole record shows up in a background check:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

Duke Energy gets some high marks from 950 employees on Glassdoor. They rate them 3.6 out of 5 stars and 71% would recommend working at the company to a friend. Here are the main points:


  • Positive work environment
  • Good work-life balance
  • Great pay, benefits and incentives
  • Excellent management


  • Long hours
  • HR not helpful
  • Poor upper management

That’s not all! Duke Energy has won a variety of awards. Some recent ones are: Fortune’s 2018 list of World’s Most Admired Companies and Forbes’ 2018 Best Employers for Diversity.

Indeed has 197 reviews that score the company an average of 3.9 out of 5 stars. Duke Energy comes in above average for work happiness, compensation and learning opportunities.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Maybe you’re wondering: Does Duke Energy hire felons with assault convictions? The company is no different from most employers — they need staff to get along with one another. Offenses involving physical harm, harassment or intimidation might be a red flag for workplace violence.

If your criminal background was related to substance abuse, like a DUI charge, it could be a problem. Be ready to convince the hiring manager that you won’t miss work due to drinking or come to work inebriated.

Whatever your offenses, be ready to explain the circumstances and what you’ve learned.

Does Duke Energy drug test?

We can’t confirm one way or another if the company drug tests new hires.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Help our readers! What’s your experience of how to get a job at Duke Energy with a felony or misdemeanor?

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Sandy Bell-Murray
Reentry Educator

Sandy Bell-Murray worked for more than thirty years for the Ontario public service, mainly in adult and youth justice. She began as a Probation and Parole Officer, then became a policy analyst, program supervisor and manager. Currently, she delivers workshops focused on building personal resilience and managing stress. She is an active member of Toastmasters International.