CenterPoint Energy Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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CenterPoint Energy President and CEO Scott M. Prochazka
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is good and benefits are average (in 6 reviews)

  • Great work environment and great benefits long term (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The natural gas side of the company has a very weak union and has a strong "Good ole Boy" system in place (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Solid utility, limited growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, growing utility not affected by significant downturns in the market. Company is continually growing and makes a good use of its resources and people

    Cons

    Limited opportunity if you aren't interested in operations/field, but they are working on that. Career growth is limited by aging workforce not retiring.


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    Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy

    Pros

    Not too much work to do

    Cons

    People are too relaxed sometimes


  3. Helpful (2)

    Stable, but slow moving

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager-level in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Manager-level in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you seek job security, this is a great industry and you can work here for life - many employees retire with 40+ years of service. The benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    If you seek innovation, love to be challenged, or like to feel you can influence and make a difference, this may not be the place for you. It's a good ole boys club, advancement is based on who likes you, or how long you stuck things out rather than on ability and performance.

    Advice to Management

    Develop better visibility of career paths, show respect and reward your top performers before they become your competition.


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    Great benefits, big company, a lot of oppurtunity.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Beaumont, TX
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Beaumont, TX

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits. If you work in the field you can make some decent money. Always room to advance if your willing to hop around.

    Cons

    Just a number. Directors micro manage.

    Advice to Management

    Look at what's going on in the smaller rural offices. If you've had a turn around of +-15 people in the last 5 years ( typically people stay in +10 years in that position) look at the management their something is definitely wrong.


  6. Comfortable, Slow

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    If you don't like to work that much, you'll feel comfortable at CenterPoint (the sick leave policy is incredibly generous). Honest, ethical people who are generally nice Job security for the next 15 years or so until the electric industry implodes. If you're in Houston and don't want to travel/move during your career, it's a good choice

    Cons

    Very slow to change, and openly hostile to change Lack of competition in utilities means it still runs like a company from long ago (technology, processes, general attitude of people who've been there forever). SAP everywhere Can't keep really valuable younger people

    Advice to Management

    you can save a lot of money by looking out at modern technology. "what are other utilities doing?" is rarely the right question. They're just as behind as you.


  7. Great start to learning the business environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and helpful management.

    Cons

    Heavy workload, could have been more structured and more guidance for interns.


  8. Career Adavancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Consultant

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good stable company with challenging work

    Cons

    Lack of local career adavancement

    Advice to Management

    Value degrees


  9. Good place to start.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to start, getting trained and move on.

    Cons

    Still a "good ole boy" mentality. They will only move you up if "they" think you need to be moved up.

    Advice to Management

    Be open minded to change. Allow employees to better themselves and be a better, more positive influence for the company.


  10. Stable company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy as a contractor

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company, not volatile like other energy companies in Houston that go through ups and downs very frequently. It does offer opportunities for personal growth.

    Cons

    It is stable because it takes its own time to change. One has to be patient because it takes a while for the management to make decisions. If you are a go-getter in your prime, it may be a bit frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    There is a disconnect between the senior management and employees in the trenches. I am certain the projects are planned but it seems like a very seat of the pants execution of projects. Please involve the employees actually doing the work in the planning process, or keep them abreast of the plans.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Working for the gas company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can work yourself into a higher tax bracket if you wish to. There are enough hours available to work yourself crazy. A good portion of your work day is set at your pace and management, or it was when I was there. My immediate supervisor was a nice guy. Lot's of variety, many different places and people in a single day.

    Cons

    A good portion of the overtime is REQUIRED. The shifts are like nothing most normal people have experienced. Think crab fisherman or something of that ilk. Not a great job for a family man. There is a somewhat toxic environment established, it can be avoided or tuned out, but if you are sensitive to disrespectful treatment, scapegoating or being talked to like you are a child you may want to avoid this place. Overall, it was a good place to grow a skill set, I hold no ill feelings toward the place. These things mentioned are simply a heads up to those who may not appreciate this style of company.

    Advice to Management

    Local management is controlled very closely by the out state headquarters. Any advice would be wasted.



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