Centerpoint Energy – Monticello, AR
Reads gas meters by operating automated reading equipment: Mobile Collector / Hand Held units. Loads assigned computer discs into the Hand Held unit… Percipio Media
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I worked at CenterPoint Energy full-time (more than 10 years)Pros
The good news is that you really have to make a huge screw up to get run off from this company. The bad news is that if you are anywhere in the area of the screw up, higher ups will try to pin it on you to deflect blame from themselves. Yeah, they are trying to incorporate a safe work environment, but if you don't do your work in the average allotted time, you will be on the short list if they have to have layoffs.
People get old, they die, and some retire. That is how you move up. And when that happens, its amusing to see the chain reactions of vacancies being filled from within because a worker moves up/out of the office.Cons
The company is self insured for natural disasters. This means that if there are any Katrina, Rita or Ike scale hurricanes that hit their service areas, you can bet there will be a request for voluntary retirements within 6 months. If you are creeping up in age, you might be asked to "volunteer" to retire. The good news is that it opens up positions for subordinates to move into. The bad news is that once those positions are filled, and if you are overlooked, you will have to wait 5 years for a vacancy.
That being said, if you are willing to move around the country, you can move up the company quickly. But, if you don't do your job, you will be stuck in a dead end position for decades in who knows what small town.
Lastly, the managers that get promoted and that are allowed to stay in their positions "don't rock the boat" and tend to be "yes men". When cuts are to be made, you will be sacrificed at the altar of them having to do what it takes to keep themselves gainfully employed.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Quick managing your service centers by closing down the payment centers. Let workers interact with the customers more....restore the local payment centers. Nobody wants to have to go to the grocery store to pay a utility bill.
Restore some of the sales incentives that allowed the lowest workers to earn incentive points to redeem for trips at the end of the year. Working one's rear end off for a mediocre manager with no benefit is bad enough. At least the vacation trips made it worthwhile to endure the crummy hours and pay.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookDisapproves of CEO