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Updated April 23, 2015
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CenterPoint Energy President and CEO Scott M. Prochazka
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  1. Great start to learning the business environment.

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    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.

  2. Career Adavancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  3. Good place to start.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. Stable company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6. Working for the gas company

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    • 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)

    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.

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

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    OK Place To Work

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    • 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)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    A good place to end your career

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

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

    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.

  10. Great company, depending on what department you work in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Service Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, lunch in, great people, great starting salary.

    Cons

    Too much, and stress. Management don't seem to care about employees. Understaffed by alot, and expects everything to run smoothly.

    Advice to Management

    Better training program, and better mentors.

  11. Good place to work, most of the time

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    • 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)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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