NRECA Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at NRECA full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Benefits, Benefits! :Paid Metro pass and 8-10k for college, on site Microsoft training, Paid Professional Memberships, a Pension (Yes a dying benefit) while also having a 401(k), Bike lockers, showers, a gym and towel service, a contribution to your retirmement medical expenses, and periodic socials, cookouts,.....
    Plus competitive salaries
    Management is improving under new CEO to be more transparent and everyone who has been promoted or put in place over the last year have been very good people.
    Great Collegues
    Nice offfice in a good location
    Hires older and diverse employees without hesitation if they have the skills for the job
    Provides good equipment and softward to do your job

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is as has been getting everyone to work effectively together. NRECA is so large and serves so many different electric cooperative purposes that it's difficult. Many of the recent changes have been difficult because it meant layoffs, office moves, and uncertainty but the allignment makes sense form a strategic focus standpoint whereas in the past people were shuffled around to give a manager more responsibilitiy whether it made sense to combine these functions.
    Becase of all the different functions, NRECA has built out a large and complex web of legacy IT applications and functionality. Recently the websites, unter the new CEO's direction, were better organized and consolitated. The results were far superiod to the ad-hoc results of the past.
    Like any organization, there are still some managers who are not as strong as others that should probably be replaced. Some already have in the reorganization.
    Being promoted is a bit of a challenge but does and can happen. But really - who works for a non-profit anyway looking to make it big? It's a very nice qualify of life and certainly had many opportunities to learn and grow if you seek them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The termoil during the transitions have create a lot of confusion and inefficiencies. Please try to make these as quick as possible if they are not already thorugh.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    Co-workers are really good and very helpful in sharing their experience. Organization is innovative, and serves for the betterment of people. Management is kind and takes into account all employees. New CEO has brought with her great deal of experience and open door policy.

    Cons

    None as such. Its a good place to work and start your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    NRECA is a very pleasant place to work with a great cause for our nation's cooperatives.

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

    I have been working at NRECA full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are helpful in supporting each other. Nice environment, with an open door policy with management. New CEO has offered a new outlook for the association including departments working together to complete mutual goals. Management also shows trust with employees to execute their job or special projects.

    Cons

    Management should remind employees of the department's goals more often, although this has already improved since the CEO and a few department re-alignments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at NRECA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Strong mission
    Very commited and engaged workforce
    Convenient location for commuting
    Telework option
    Pension plan and a 401(k)

    Cons

    Very limited business casual
    Management is inconsistent - even within the same department
    Lack of trust in employees by some members of senior management
    In the midst of transition as CEO has announced his retirement in 2013

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more respect for your strong performers who are assets to the Association; treat them better than simple job grade numbers that equate to a cubicle size

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Amazing place to work . . . We're All On The Same Team

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

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to partner with other professionals throughout the Association, working together to make a difference for the member-owners of electric cooperatives nationwide. Innovation and creativity are not only supported, but encouraged. The NRECA work ethic is almost legendary. Interdepartmental projects with work teams are frequently formed with great results.

    Cons

    The workload can be heavy yet good managers are aware and do what they can to minimize the load. Business casual is only on Fridays and in the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day). Some of the less engaged employees are somehow allowed to remain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and do not intimidate them when they suggest that some deadlines may be unrealistic. Treat your employees as the true resources that they are.

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  7.  

    NRECA Hits a Home Run

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

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, great technology, great mission and wonderful co-workers. New employees receive a great orientation that continues during the first six months of employment. Senior staff in many departments are true professionals who could easily earn more with other employers but are dedicated to NRECA's mission and members. NRECA is very progressive with its benefits and compensation program and regularly bench marks its salaries against comparable positions. Recently when commuting expenses rose due to higher prices NRECA quickly adjusted its transportation subsidy. The majority of NRECA employees are truly engaged and look forward to coming to work each day.

    Cons

    Business casual attire is only approved in the summer. Telecommuting is allowed but some managers are still reluctant to fully embrace full time telecommuters. The organization is still somewhat smoke stacked by departments. There is very little movement of personnel and talent between departments and the synergies that could develop from those types of assignments do not occur. NRECA management is reluctant to deal with non performers. Consequently when mistakes are made in hiring or work performance of long time employees deteriorates it is years before the problem is addressed. As a result morale suffers in those departments with the non-performers sucking the energy from those who are totally engaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain focused on our members. Deal with performance problems quickly.

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The very urban headquarters of the National RURAL Electric Cooperative Association headquarters (Photo thanks to Flickr user assortedstuff, available under by-nc-sa v2.0)
From the 10th floor balcony of NRECA, Ballston, Va (Photo thanks to Flickr user subfugitive with permission, All rights reserved.)

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