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Updated May 30, 2014

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2.4 70 reviews

12% Approve of the CEO

Northeast Utilities CEO Thomas J. May

Thomas J. May

(34 ratings)

27% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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 4 reviews)

  • They are constantly downsizing based on current upper management strategy (in 5 reviews)

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    Good electric utility, avoid Transmission Group

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Manchester, NH

    ProsOpportunities for growth, ever changing, great variety of work, wonderful customers

    ConsLeadership is lacking with new regime (growth problem), lower perceived value of long term employees, new mantra "work the job not the hours", plenty of unpaid overtime available / required

    Advice to Senior ManagementStep back and review 'do more with less', clean out useless programs and processes, outsource less (bottom line might look good but total costs are rising)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- People working there are great
    - Great team atmosphere
    - Supervisors are helpful
    - Many opportunities to learn
    - Paid well

    Cons- very bureaucratic, hard to get things done sometimes because of all the red tape

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good until merger, poor since then

    IT Business Applications Systems Developer (Current Employee) Berlin, CT

    Proscompensation and benefits are good

    Conslayoffs and outsourcing becoming the norm

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Better days are behind you. Current organization does not value quality talent.

    Supervisor (Former Employee) Berlin, CT

    ProsGreat opportunities for young professionals. Great medical benefits. Opportunities for growth. Much better conditions if you are union.

    ConsLimited growth. Overtime continues to be reduced or eliminated. Office culture is challenging, at best.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry not to shed too much talent, it may come back and bite you where it hurts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, Great benefits, post-merger changes are taking a toll on employees and organizational culture.

    Analyst (Current Employee) Berlin, CT

    Prosbenefts are very good - comprehensive with reasonable employee contributions; stock price is climbing; Employees are good people generally helpful and supportive of eachother and focused on getting the job done well.

    ConsPost merger cultural changes are taking a toll - a lot more "head down, do what your told" and less critical, creative dialogue to solve and improve. Management, particularly Director and above, is much more dictatorial and far less approachable than in the old NU where the feeling was much more of a partnership toward shared objectives. Work life balance, while strained in the old NU, is now almost nonexistent with little flexibility in most business areas

    Advice to Senior Managementconsider alternative work locations, alternative work schedules, reinstating storm pay for non-managerial salaried employees, and returning the option to buy and sell vacation time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was great, now it's depressing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Berlin, CT

    ProsThe legacy NU folks are some of the most hardworking people I've ever know.

    ConsNStar is crushing the life out if the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhy bother? They won't listen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Legacy NU was a family, employees were treated great, after NSTAR merger, it's engineering done by finance accountants.

    IT Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Berlin, CT

    ProsIt was a great company with great leadership before merger with NSTAR

    ConsThey are constantly downsizing based on current upper management strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe considerate to your employees who have worked for 25 to 30 + years for you

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An OK place to gain some experience.

    Meter Data Technician (Former Employee) Berlin, CT

    ProsGood benefits (at least back in 2010-2011). Excellent work-life balance.

    ConsNot many young employees. Outdated software systems. Limited upward mobility. Over emphasis on "years of experience" for promotions. Certain departments very disorganized. Overall reliance on temp and contract workers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to prepare for the mass retirement that is headed your way. I was one of 4 people below the age of 30 in my department. Myself and 1 other left after 2-3 years due to limited growth potential.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You Came, you saw and you conquered

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Berlin, CT

    ProsSince the merger, there are no pros

    ConsThe merger has taken NU in a very bad direction

    Advice to Senior ManagementWHY have you forgotten Connecticut?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for a start, left a bad taste

    Business Applications Systems Developer II (Current Employee) Berlin, CT

    ProsGood people, solid benefits but they're getting worse by the day, power company means stability during economic downturns

    ConsPay is just "ok", process has always valued years with the company over working hard, IT is in the process of outsourcing all development, despite all the problems they've had doing it in the past

    Advice to Senior Managementgood luck

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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