NRG Energy Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
73 Reviews
3.0
73 Reviews
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NRG Energy President, CEO, and Director David W. Crane
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good (for Corporate America)

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

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

    Pros

    I believe this company is poised to be the "google" of energy in the future. Management (in general) treats employees well and provides opprotunities for growth and development. Employees are generally very knowledgable and talented within their fields. Pay seems good for the energy industry.

    Cons

    As with any huge company, it seems that sometimes the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. Also, the hours can be greuling at times. While most managers are good, as with any large company, there are managers who are not so good. Lots of M&A activity, which could be good or bad, depending on whether you like that type of environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If this company is going to be the "Google" of energy in the future (and I believe we can), Human Resources MUST improve and change drastically. Many feel that business partners are more focused on telling the business what can't be done rather than working together to create a path to success. Development opportunities are lacking- there is no retention strategy to speak of, and HR in general feels very much part of the "corporate machine" rather than a partner with the business. Take a page from some of the other companies you emulate and then re-vamp your entire HR strategy and team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    NRG Energy is a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Safety Manager - MANE  in  Montville, CT
    Former Employee - Regional Safety Manager - MANE in Montville, CT

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

    Pros

    Good working environment with plant personnel, people are dedicated to doing an excellent job. Management knows the direction of the environment and is involved. I miss the people who made the job a real pleasure.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to get all plants on the same page across the US. People in other parts of the US sometimes have the right answers and the learning curve isnt that steep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye towards the future

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job, low salary. All of the good salaries are reserved for management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - C&I Billing Representative II  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - C&I Billing Representative II in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The people and the company culture are good. I never had a problem with any concerns that I had. Immediate management always listened to my concerns.

    Cons

    Their salaries are at the low end of the totem pole. Actually they are the bottom of the barrel as far as the energy industry in Texas is concerned. Learn the industry here, but go elsewhere if you want to get paid a living wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the salaries to keep qualified people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun and laid back

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

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

    Pros

    Get the unit online and then do your work and your not nagged by the boses

    Cons

    Unions are prevalent no need for them really but some like them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities to tradesmen you act like you cant them, the are your biggest asset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Dynamic work environment that pushes employees to work hard to compete to disrupt the utility competitive space

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

    I have been working at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Relatively flat organization structure so that the best ideas rise to the top to have an opportunity to be executed

    Cons

    Synergies goals competes with objective to be innovative so employees are sometimes to exhausted to give more so the best ideas are on tomorrow's calendar

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best ideas comes when we are having fun so nurture the work space by giving employees a day every two weeks to work on projects that are independent from their daily job responsibility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Paradigm shifting potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    People, vision, passion, motivation, pushing the energy envelope

    Cons

    Some business systems need updating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I have learned quite a bit working at NRG, as many different technologies are being used here.

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Supportive managers, interesting and challenging opportunities abound. Great benefits including insurance, 401k, profit sharing, and yearly performance based incentives.

    Cons

    Not a lot of options to move up the corporate ladder - though this may be temporary. Work from home generally not allowed except in extenuating circumstances.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Strong company in a changing industry.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRG Energy as an intern

    Pros

    Great company. NRG has a diverse but strong business model. Innovation is talked about a lot by executives and is still trickling down the ranks.

    Cons

    Employees are not very youthful. Work culture is a dry in some aspects. Communication among employees could be managed much better to make the company more efficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize social gatherings and interdepartamental projects. If innovation is a key part of NRG's model, embrace it in all levels of operations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Growing, fast-paced, execution-strong

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

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Intelligent people, strong focus on execution excellence. Clear strategic plan. Great market, environmentally conscious. Diversified portfolio and strong financial performance. Great place to learn about the energy industry

    Cons

    Open office environment, many people work long, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider telecommunting options,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company with a promising future

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

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leadership has vision and executes quickly on opportunities

    Cons

    Growth and change are constant. I personally see that as a good thing, but many shy from it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to acknowledge the employees for their hard work and commitment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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