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CenterPoint Energy Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
66 Reviews
3.8
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CenterPoint Energy President, CEO, and Director David M. McClanahan
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38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is good and benefits are average (in 6 reviews)

  • There is great life/work balance, great benefits, and the compensation is competitive (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • I have found that there is still some of the "good ole boy" system still left in the company (in 4 reviews)

  • Low salary compared to other engineering jobs in Houston (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get your experience and leave

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary, good benefits, SOME nice and knowledgeable people, nice building downtown, tuition reimbursement, and Houston METRO stipend.

    Cons

    There is so much to do with very little time to do it. By the time you leave here, you would've learned a whole lot of nothing, except for soft-skills. The environment is very political; they have an open-door policy, but the people with open doors are the politicians. Upper level management are just figure-heads with good ol' boy attitudes. Back-stabbing is constant, and there are egos galore. As someone mentioned previously, as long as you spout all the buzzwords you know during all your meetings, you'll do just fine! You can lie your way to a higher position.

    I'll reiterate what everyone else is saying, and yes, they mentioned the whole "most of the company will be retiring" mantra to me as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work if you like to settle for less

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable salary, work at your own pace. Good work life balance. No need for constant supervision. Affordable benefits. Good for people with children. Assists in (specific) school advancement. Nice for social events.

    Cons

    No upward mobility unless someone dies, quits or gets fired. Too many supervisors deciding the future of others they never physically see. Too many politics between co-workers determining future advancement. Upper level management moves around but never hires for new upper level positions. Too many employees settle and start to not care for others outside of their department. No new faces = no change in respecting others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The more raises and opportunities you provide your employers the better the work ethic and more advice-opportunities to make more money. If you are losing money then it might be time to change management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is pretty good and the pay is above average. I worked here as a contractor for a year and was treated as good as a FTE.

    Cons

    -Zero training
    -No sense of direction
    -Sink or Swim mentality
    -Very quick turn over, while I was there I saw four FA's in my group get fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what you want from a FA/BA and set expectations. Train accordingly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work life balance. Lack in upward movement, raises, compensation, and recognition. Good place to learn.

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    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy

    Pros

    Work life balance, good place to learn.

    Cons

    No matter how hard you work and surpass others it will not get you promotions or raises (you will have to wait it out). If you are already a professional negotiate your salary well or you will get paid less and have the work piled on and later regret your decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't play favorites or you will loose good workers.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Negative

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy

    Pros

    If you start in any other part of the company except customer service, its a great place to get experience in a large successful organization.

    Cons

    Customer Service department is not looked upon or treated well in the company. They are looked down upon and as such is very difficult for most individuals to get out of (promoted), unless and individual has extraordinary networking abilities and skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the information your employees can provide to you. Information is a valuable resource and if used properly, can save a company a lot of money. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon with the next new implementation, check with your employees to determine your requirements. That way what you implement will be EFFECTIVE vs constantly trying to band aid or patch it to work part of the time. Just because someone was successful using a procedure at another organization doesn't mean they will have the same success at CenterPoint Energy

    Approves of CEO

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