Northeast Utilities

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Northeast Utilities Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
86 Reviews
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Northeast Utilities CEO Thomas J. May
Thomas J. May
45 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Used to have flex hours for work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Used to be a good company to work for but since the merger everything is going down hill (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • All of Northeast Utilities has been turned upside down since the merger with NSTAR (in 6 reviews)

  • They are constantly downsizing based on current upper management strategy (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great coworkers - Weak + Uncaring Leadership

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

    I worked at Northeast Utilities full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were good, pay scale at average

    Cons

    No accomodations or compensation for overtime for salaried employees having to work excessive work hours. 50 or more not unheard of. Leadership is weak. Mantra is "work the work, not the hours". No consideration for anyone being overloaded, if it takes more than a 40 hour week, OT without pay is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more aware of the 'yes' men middle management practices. Causes tremendous pressure and dissatisfaction for the real doers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a great a place to work at... but all that changed significantly with the merger!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Worker in Windsor, CT
    Former Employee - IT Worker in Windsor, CT

    I worked at Northeast Utilities full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Although limited to the fact there was little people turnover, there was some opportunity to learn and move around within the company. The overall compensation package offered were very competitive with the industry.

    Cons

    Basically, the merger with N-Star was nicknamed the "Death-Star"! The culture got thrown out the window and leadership used the merger as an opportunity to outsource and let people go... very sad for people that spent a good part of their lives there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice - hurry up and retire! Current leadership = No leadership - Only interested in the mighty $$$$.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Contract work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northeast Utilities

    Pros

    Pay was decent. The office was comfortable.

    Cons

    Full timers are cliquey. They are the insiders. Everybody else is an outsider and they make sure you know it.

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  5.  

    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    mostly friendly and helpful co-workers,

    Cons

    they don't care about employees and salary is not the best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good pay, lousy atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scheduler in Meriden, CT
    Current Employee - Scheduler in Meriden, CT

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, benefits are better than average but being reduced.

    Cons

    There is no trust between union and management. Company seems to prefer to hire from outside instead of promoting from within. Training and advancement opportunities are spotty at best. Senior management is more interested in their multi million dollar stock options than the good of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take fewer stock options and put that money into operations and employee development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    purged IT

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Applications Systems Developer in Berlin, CT
    Former Employee - Business Applications Systems Developer in Berlin, CT

    I worked at Northeast Utilities full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are just plain nice. A lot have worked together for many years, and there can at times be an almost family atmosphere.

    Cons

    NU (A utility holding company) merged with NSTAR (A utility) a couple of years ago. A holding company and a utility are not the same thing, and have different business models. The new upper management (NSTAR folks) decided to spurn the tried and true shared-service model and outsource all IT to India. The result is layoffs and chaos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Merger destroyed corporate culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Applications Systems Developer II in Berlin, CT
    Former Employee - Business Applications Systems Developer II in Berlin, CT

    I worked at Northeast Utilities full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a stable industry, and there is some pay for on-call duty. Depending on the job there is also some opportunity for travel to satellite campuses.

    Cons

    The merger with N-Star sent the company into what felt like a death spiral. N-Star's philosophy is to use contractors for everything, so as soon as the company's promise to not lay off employees for a year after the merger has expired more than half of the company's employees were laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to encourage professional growth in employees and try to find some wiggle room in the official guidelines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Firm constantly misrepresents info to the public and to regulators

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Won't Provide Info in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Won't Provide Info in Hartford, CT

    I worked at Northeast Utilities full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Current management not to be trusted as it used to be before May came along!

    Cons

    New hires are coming in by the dozens with little or no training expecting existing employees to supply all the guidance. Sense of belonging to a team no longer exists. Top executives are being paid bizarre salaries for sitting around at the top of the food chain. I was there for ten years and I couldn't depart fast enough after Tom May showed up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Disappointing Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Manchester, NH

    I worked at Northeast Utilities as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice work environment. Great potential. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Long hours, work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No need to micromanagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't do it right, just do what mgmt wants.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Systems Engineer in Berlin, CT
    Current Employee - IT Systems Engineer in Berlin, CT

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

    Pros

    Adequate compensation
    Still has a pension.

    Cons

    CIO is sending IT talent packing.
    Emphasis on COA not quality.
    IT takes risks by not properly maintaining business critical hardware. Worker bees know how to do it right but management will not fund the work to do it "right".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include business clients in IT sourcing decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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