NRG Energy Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
76 Reviews
3.2
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NRG Energy President, CEO, and Director David W. Crane
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52 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay in easy job environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people to work with especially in Reliant part of the business (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • It really comes down to one thing ---- Zero work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior Management does not have a good strategy for the company (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interesting Option

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable and dedicated people. Competitive compensation. Nice company perks.

    Cons

    Aging IT infrastructure, understaffed and overworked employees, complicated internal procedures and systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade IT infrastructure. Streamline administrative procedures. Hire more people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The pay will make you stay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nrg Home Solar in Sea Girt, NJ
    Current Employee - Nrg Home Solar in Sea Girt, NJ

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Awful training and awful upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None they'd never listen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    NRG has most of the ingredients of a great company, so it is baffling why they can't execute better in solar.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Larkspur, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Larkspur, CA

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart team with great credit and banking relationships. CEO appears passionate about solar energy and electric vehicles.

    Cons

    Mid-level executives saddle solar with unrealistic return expectations, and price themselves out of the market.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Coal is Dead

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

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Big company with lots of mobility (as long as you like Texas)

    Cons

    Lousy (I mean lousy), medical benefits. Sub par 401K match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the fossil plants (half of your portfolio) like an underclass

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent place to work, but many obstacles

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Good co-workers
    Free lunch in Princeton office

    Cons

    No organization charts
    Constantly acquiring other companies
    Frequent change
    Little management support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overburdened without focus

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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 NRG Energy full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic company disrupting the old energy utility paradigm

    Cons

    Overflowing plate of work projects does not lend well to focus; analysis paralysis to get management decisions; no work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the workloads or salary structure otherwise company knowledge will depart for greener pastures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Seek out those that add real workplace value.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    There are some very knowledgeable and capable people that know the industry extremely well. Benefits package is above average and the ability to further develop industry insights is reasonably well promoted.

    Cons

    Too much continuing growth of policy and procedure promoted by middle managers that add very little to the value equation. Lack of change management expertise, which does not bode well when in M&A mode.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Widely implementing the business practices of a $2 a share takeover company (Genon) without greater scrutiny is a poorly conceived strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Advancement?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Support Representative in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The company is progressive in terms of products and renewable energy generation. At some point I can see NRG monopolizing the energy industry.

    Cons

    Pay is completely insufficient. Experience doesn't matter so much in terms of advancement ...internally it's more likely who you know. It's easy to get pigeonholed in a position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate your employees and match their performance with their pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    They know where they want to go but they have no map or compass

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Software Development in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    As a former Energy Plus employee, I am still managed by mostly the same great people: smart, friendly, approachable, dedicated to their job and committed to making your life better. You don't get that everywhere you go within NRG, but I love the people I work with on a daily basis.

    At the small functional unit level, I feel like most people here enjoy the people they work with, and NRG does have a workforce of nice, young, smart people (on average). There is also a degree of "old guard" mentality from some of the older (both in terms of age and seniority within the company) so sometimes you feel like you've hit a wall because "this is how we do things" and there's no wiggle room for change, but the company is evolving in mostly the right direction.

    I think NRG tries very hard to make you feel like you can make the rest of your career here. If you're willing to put up with some downsides, I do think it's a pretty stable place to work.

    Cons

    I was an Energy Plus employee and we were acquired by NRG a couple of years ago. Energy Plus was a fun place to work full of dynamic, young people and I had a blast working there. While I still work at the same office, with a lot of the same people, and even though NRG promised they would let us continue to conduct business the way we conducted business and became a 150-million-revenue-a-year company in less than 5 years and wouldn't change the company culture, in the end it was all baloney.
    I feel like NRG has completely neutered what we once were, and now that I've seen how they acquire companies (they've been doing a lot of M&A lately), I can see that we're not an isolated case. The dress code is still casual at least, so that's nice, but I really don't feel like NRG and Energy Plus had all the "synergy" that upper management claimed we had. From what I've heard from folks in Finance, NRG acquired us to offset another business of theirs that was hemorrhaging money.

    At some point I was offered a job at corporate, but I refused even though it paid more, since I wanted to stick with my team and hierarchy (very glad I did). At this point I'm really only staying here because they moved me to a new team where I'm learning a ton of new things, so it's a smart move career wise, but I look forward to moving some place else where there's less overbearing corporate BS going on.

    To touch on the title of this review, upper management has this great vision of turning NRG into the Apple of the energy world, focusing on green energy and making energy management as seamless for you as possible using fancy technology. Very lofty and laudable goals but they don't seem to have a clear vision of how they're going to get there. It is extremely hard to innovate in an industry such as utilities, where people mostly just expect to be able to flip a switch on their wall and the light will turn on, or turning on the flame on their gas stove, all at the lowest possible price. Most people aren't willing to spend thousands of dollars on going 100% solar, so, again, while the company's vision for its future is GREAT, I don't think it's viable, especially in this country where overconsumption is practically a way of life.

    There is a greater problem where it feels like most things get done (not) by scurrying every which way and hoping for the best. In short, there's a lack of organization, a lack of process, mixed with bad communication and that sometimes makes it hard to get things done.

    Finally, corporate IT is a mess. They have some very bright people on the team but, again, as a whole, they suck at communicating, and they're clearly overworked. Individually, they're good people for the most part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on improving employee morale. Just as an example, even though it does not affect me, the drug-free policy is something I feel very strongly against -- I don't see why you should care what I do outside of the office, so long as I'm doing a good job. You're setting limits on employees' freedom and invading their privacy, especially with the tacked-on threat of random quarterly drug testing. It may not affect me since I don't do drugs to begin with, but I view it more as an issue of infringement of people's liberty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Change is the only constant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work environment is very entrepreneurial with the ability to lead and own projects outside of your normal skills and work scope.

    Cons

    Due to the entrepreneurial environment, sometimes there is a lack of alignment on meeting key objectives which can cause friction or duplication of effort which is not the best use of employee resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure consistent accountability throughout the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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