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CenterPoint Energy Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
66 Reviews
3.7
66 Reviews
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CenterPoint Energy President, CEO, and Director David M. McClanahan
David M. McClanahan
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.  

    Stable company

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

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy as a contractor

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Working for the gas company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    My overall experience has been satisfactory. I've had some highs and lows

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

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is great. The overall work environment is nice

    Cons

    Salary is pretty low and not much room for growth and opportunities. Provide more training opportunities in various systems do analyst can be more well rounded

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK Place To Work

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

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very laid back, since they have no competitors. There is no urgency to get anything done. There seems to be some career advancement opportunitites, especially if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Very conservative place to work. Not alot of collaboration. Depending on your department, can be a bit unprofessional. Systems and processess seem "backwards." Although there seems to be opportunities to move up, there is not proffesional or career development available.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to end your career

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

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy full-time

    Pros

    Good people, laid back environment, family-friendly workplace

    Cons

    No career planning. When asked about growth opportunities, the answer commonly given is that within 5 years 45% of the workforce will be of retirement age. I would prefer to be evaluated on my performance vs when people retire. There are also a lot of employees that do just what they need to get by. Putting in extra effort does not get you anywhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work, most of the time

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

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For the most part, it's a good company to be a part of. Compensation is below the market rate, but that is not surprising for a utility. Work-life balance is good and benefits are average. 9/80's are a perk, but that seems to be the going rate for many energy companies. Corporate culture seems to be improving, though you do still see that "old boys club" mentality at times.

    Cons

    The majority of employees at this company have been here most of their careers (20-30 yrs) so one of the primary challenges is a resistance to change. Also I think tenure/years at the company is rewarded more than exemplary work, or even education sometimes. It's incredibly frustrating. Soon, a large chunk of the employee population is going to retire and knowledge transfer is going to be an issue. Not much room for growth in every department, only some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee's merit and performance rather than years at the company.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    10 years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy

    Pros

    There are plenty many opportunities for advancement as long as you have at least a bachelor's degree or higher.
    The company offers many perks ( free lunch on occasion, gift cards, tuition reimbursement, etc)

    Cons

    It is very easy to get terminated.
    Mandatory overtime.
    This company is very strick on attendance. One minute late is late..
    Due to emergency calls that are received, very easy to miss details and as a result, get terminated.
    You must go to work in hurricanes, fire, tornado. ... you are emergency response employee..
    The calls are micro managed. How much time you spend on a call.
    The things you say on a call. They promote saying "key words" on every call.

  9.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Low salary compared to other engineering jobs in Houston.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look at more competitive salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun place to work at

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

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

    Pros

    Company will be in market for a long time, has many ties and very stable. Decent pay and friendly top management

    Cons

    Not many chances for entry level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    No corporate mobility

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

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company will be around for a very long time, very stable. The pay is reasonable and they a have a fairly decent union on the electric side of the company.

    Cons

    They do not promote pass entry level management. Very few people actually get a chance to move up to the corporate level even if they are qualified. The natural gas side of the company has a very weak union and has a strong "Good ole Boy" system in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company really need some diversity at the corporate level. There is a real disconnect between your field employee with college degrees and upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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