NRECA Reviews

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
31 Reviews

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Jo Ann Emerson
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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Out of touch with their membership, partisan, and management hasn't a clue

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

    I have been working at NRECA full-time

    Pros

    The association, along with the co-ops it works for, offers great benefits and 401K plans. Flexible hours - many people don't come in until 10 a.m. and they leave at 3 or 4 p.m., particularly upper level management. Lots of smart, talented employees who don't get any recognition but they toil away.

    Cons

    Most of the upper-level management, particularly the new employees, know little to nothing about the energy industry and they don't understand the needs of the members they work for. They make six figures and do very little leading. It's the rank-and-file who do the heavy lifting. It's VERY Republican there - the new CEO is a Republican who has made all of the messages and campaigns anti-EPA and created a VERY partisan atmosphere within the buildings. At a time when the association needs to be as non-partisan as possible - particularly given all of the Dept. of Energy grants they are accepting, they are sounding more-and-more out of touch and digging their heels in on coal. Many of the co-ops have determined that they must face the future in a more open-minded way. But this CEO just panders to her party. Democrats don't speak out but many are extremely uncomfortable with the red atmosphere dominating the association and it's public relations.
    The focus is primarily on making the CEO look good - and yet across the world of co-ops, she is considered by some as not being strong, solid leader. The departments within the building don't communicate well and often work at cross-purposes. People are quitting in droves. And the rest don't speak out because they fear for their jobs. For managers and the CEO, it's a "the-emperor-has-no-clothes" situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to make a big deal about tearing down silos, figure out what the next step is. Otherwise it just leads to the situation you are in now - every man for himself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    NRECA--Approach with Care

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Advisor  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Advisor in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    NRECA offers great benefits, a nice physical environment, and it has a great mission of bringing low-cost electricity to large swaths of the US. And some departments, like HR and IT, are absolutely great places to work.

    Cons

    The politics, the politics, the politics. Certain parts of the organization are wildly disfunctional, with people getting let go for no reason, some made up reason, the phase of the moon--who knows? The epicenter of problems is around insurance services, with the marketing department also having its share of issues. Beware, too, bullying supervisors--there are quite a few in this organization, and HR will not do anything to help you. Check out the various discrimination complaints and wrongful termination issues floating around out there--NRECA has more than its fair share. So disappointing for an organization with so much potential, and so much good that it brings to the communities it serves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a top-down commitment to fair employment practices, with supervisors held accountable for the treatment of their employees. Too often, people who are perceived as high-performers are allowed to mistreat their direct reports and internal business partners. That is morally wrong and undercuts NRECA's business mission at every level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Really disappointing

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

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    Nice offices, if you like granite and marble--and the sort of decor that looks like an interior designer's idea of down-home midwest.

    Cons

    Politics, bullying, bad behavior all abound. And for such expensive offices, this can be a very uncomfortable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with people. While the organization wraps itself in the whole aura of helping others, the reality is most of the organization's revenues derive from its for-profit activities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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