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Reliant Energy Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
34 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent Marketing Department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Reliant Energy is a great place to work — for the paycheck. The company pays their employees about 15% more than other companies, which is easy since they charge their customers about 15% more for their electricity.

    Cons

    The leadership simply does not know what they are doing which makes them incredibly insecure around the few employees that do. The marketing department is run by a gaggle of mean women who confuse “girl power” with a “good ol’ girl” mindset that makes for a dysfunctional sorority. Leadership only hires and promote their friends, regardless of their level of competence or experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the Marketing/ Communications department to Princeton and hire either an agency or team with proven experience. How many more customers does Reliant Energy have to lose before NRG makes a change?

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

    Don't waste your time !

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Reliant Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I got a free nest thermostat : )

    Cons

    This is a MUST READ if you're considering being a sales agent for Reliant Energy/Tecomax !
    You're literally hired on the spot but don't be deceived , most don't stay . We had a hired class of about 49 people and maybe only one or two stayed .
    Here's why . Your day starts at 8am . Then you spend an hour or so listening to the millionaires of the company talk of their financial success . Then you sit around the office trying to hype each other up until about 1pm . From there you go to your territory . You're dropped off in a neighborhood from 1:30 to around 9:00 pm knocking the same doors over and over . While you're knocking doors your supervisors spend the day in their cars eating and staying out of the elements . Even if you have an emergency and have to leave they will not come get you . They say the ones that are successful endure it . That's your day .
    Also don't be deceived by the pay ! It's NOT $100 a deal the way they say . It starts at $80 a deal BUT the regional managers cut is also taken from that so you start at $60 a deal .
    Only the higher ups profit that's why they hire in volume knowing most won't stay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wise up . Be honest with new hires

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    sad - safe yourself a headache

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Special Projects Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Special Projects Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Reliant Energy as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this place.

    Cons

    The managers, supervisors, coaches, and team leaders are all political. If they don't like you, they will get rid of you. All I can say is please do not waste your time working for this company. They will keep you in the same position for years and not offer you a promotion if they don't like you. I was one of the top salespersons here at this company. I went to luncheons, I won prizes, and all of my co-workers marveled at my performance, and when I moved to my new department my work was often structured, hidden, or deleted. I complained about it to my coach, and her reply was, "What do you want me to do?" My work badge to gain access into the building was deactivated more than once prior to my knowledge causing me to be locked in a hot stinky stairwell. I had to walk up like 5 flights of stairs to gain access back to my floor. By this time, I was sweaty and frustrated. Then, I would get back to my work station and receive an email saying that my badge was deactivated after the fact. When I told my coach that my badge was deactivated causing me wackiness to my morning, she laughed. On top of it all, they will find reasons to not pay you your incentive checks. On my last day of working there, after my supervisor told me I wasn't getting my incentive, she laughed hysterically all morning until the lady from Primary came and escorted me out of the building. I asked her why I was being let go, she said, unprofessionalism. When I applied for unemployment benefits, Reliant had told the unemployment people that I caused a scene, cursed out loud, and that's why they fired me. This is a bold face stupid lie. I didn't curse anyone out or use profanity. Not only will they lie to get what they want, but they will make up stories to hinder you from getting unemployment. Do not waste your time with these jokers. They will make your life a living hell. I constantly suffered from higher blood pressure than normal while working here and they only want to pay you pennies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront and straight up with your employees. Lies are dangerous and could potentially make a situation worse. Treat everyone the same. If you are going to give one employee VRH(voluntary reduced hours) to prevent them from getting attendance points, do it for the next one. Listen! Listen! Listen! Lies are no way to solve an issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Pretty good

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Reliant Energy

    Pros

    Its a big company with lots of potential

    Cons

    Lots of politics, don't pay alot. no appreciation.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Difficult Place to Work during Ownership Transition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reliant Energy

    Pros

    People committed to their customers and each other
    Strong work ethic from employees
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Loss of benefits with new NRG ownership
    Lack of clear leadership from Senior Management
    Inconsistent support for retail business

    Doesn't Recommend

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