Northeast Utilities

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Northeast Utilities Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
78 Reviews
2.2
78 Reviews
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Northeast Utilities CEO Thomas J. May
Thomas J. May
39 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 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Interning for a sister company of Northeast Utilities, PSNH, was a great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Technician  in  Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Nashua, NH

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Employees are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    I have not worked for the company long enough, but the merger with NSTAR has brought some changes not favored by the current employees such as cuts in benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PSNH has already a very welcoming working environment. Everyone seems to get along greatly. I would encourage the management to make the working environment even more welcoming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    decent pay, great benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities

    Pros

    benefits are great, pay is decent

    Cons

    micomanged, constantly being watched, nstar took away perks

  3.  

    I had a wonderful experience at NU, with many opportunities for upward mobility.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shared Services  in  Berlin, CT
    Former Employee - Shared Services in Berlin, CT

    I worked at Northeast Utilities full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Variety of work, many locations throughout several states. Get to utilize skills and education.

    Cons

    Corporate downsizing has reduced several departments' staffing levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your human resources, they are valuable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A nice company to work for

    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Windsor, CT
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Windsor, CT

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Management, they do a lot of appreciation for workers

    Cons

    Pay is not to good, would like more incentives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is pretty good

  6.  

    Great work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Berlin, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Berlin, CT

    I worked at Northeast Utilities as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I'm sure this varies, but my experience was great. I was only an intern, but the full-time employees are a fantastic bunch to work with. I was given a real project to analyze and develop (mostly) on my own, with help from a smaller group of employees in my department. The intern program is very organized, and it's a shame there is no intern program this year (2013).

    Cons

    Getting settled in was kind of slow (workstation set-up, etc), but work picked up after a week or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please bring back the intern program! I learned a lot in my time here, and it's a great way for students to learn about their career options and NU as a company.

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

    Excellent work life balance, lack of creative freedom, increasing outsourcing

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

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The job has an excellent work life balance. The compensation is not the highest in the industry, but the employees received raises amd bonuses through the recession. The stock has done well over the past years and employees get stock through their 401k and the ESPP. Depending on the manager, employees can set own schedules (within reason) and there is often little required overtime.

    Cons

    There is sometimes a lack of communication between management and the workforce. There are limited opportunities for creative freedom. The progression path is slow, but steady. New leadership is making drastic changes towards more outsourcing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Real Responsibilities

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Berlin, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Berlin, CT

    I worked at Northeast Utilities

    Pros

    real employee responsibilities
    everyone is very helpful

    Cons

    pay is low compared to other similar internships

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Northeast Utilities contains one of the friendliest environments you will ever work in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Intern  in  Berlin, CT
    Current Employee - Accounting Intern in Berlin, CT

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities

    Pros

    Northeast Utilities Service Company is one of the most friendliest employers out there. From day one everyone makes it seem as if they have known you for ages. Everyone is super friendly. The benefits are good, the facilities are nice and well maintained, employment at the company is secure i.e. no layoffs, and for the most part management is efficient.

    Cons

    The utility industry can be quite boring at times. Starting pay is less than most other large corporations. Takes a while to learn some of the archaic computer databases for different activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more time for staff.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Staff Accountant  in  Berlin, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Staff Accountant in Berlin, CT

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for NU is the opportunities that exist for growth and opportunities.

    Cons

    The only downside of working for Northeast Utilities is the lengthy hours at times to complete our goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people on the front line.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work if you like a large company

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

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities

    Pros

    Great benefits, great coworkers, great boss, great work assignments, good opportunities for job rotations, low turnover

    Cons

    Large bureaucratic policy structure, difficult to feel ownership and ability to have an impact, slow to react, rigid rules, overhead, administrative tasks, very little crosstraining

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate more job sharing/cross training at all levels to increase competencies and assure transitions, embrace more small scale power projects and distributed generation with creative financing and payback instead of taking on large, multiyear projects

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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