Calpine Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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Thad Hill
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Pros
  • Strong bonus and great benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • The atmosphere is relatively laid-back and people enjoy a proper work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Old school culture in terms of work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior management appears to harbor substantial distrust and lack of respect for most of their employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Operator

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    Current Employee - Operator in Hell, MI
    Current Employee - Operator in Hell, MI

    I have been working at Calpine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benifits, good paying, great work team, Safety is the core value and believe. Saftey is always first with company.

    Cons

    To hard to advance with calpine, All of the older employes push out the younger ones. Try to make raises based on wage instead of who is doing the work.


  2. Calpine Corp. review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX

    I worked at Calpine (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They use clean energy to make power and aren't as vulnerable to oil prices. Locations throughout the country.

    Cons

    You work with a skeleton work force as management seemed to care more about MW/number of employees ratio being as high as possible.


  3. Political Nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Management Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Calpine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, other employees and the building is absolutely beautiful.

    Cons

    The corporate office doesn't promote from within, even if you're qualified. They treat you like a commodity and like a number. The managers (including directors and VP's) aren't held accountable OR reviewed like the "minions" are. If you think hard work will get you anywhere here, think again. They'll promote from within only specific people, and they promote people running departments that have never been in that department before (completely without ANY experience). I don't know anyone that enjoys working here, except for those "special" people that happen to get promoted. They give you so much work that you can't breathe and then you get into trouble if you don't do all of the tasks without asking for help or asking for another way to do things. If you can play the political game, and enjoy it, then this is the place for you!

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect and people will enjoy coming to work.


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  5. Entry-Level Chemical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calpine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Safety first, great benefits, good pay

    Cons

    Lots of layers of management, which slows down projects and production


  6. Past employer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calpine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong, well established, broad base of career opportunities

    Cons

    Company is headquartered in Houston, Texas


  7. Good company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Calpine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to work hard and prove yourself. Laid back environment. Friendly people. Health insurance is fantastic. Casual Fridays. Downtown office location is easy to get to and close to home.

    Cons

    If you are young, you sometimes do not get taken seriously by those with more seniority. Some areas have more opportunities for career advancement than others.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on career advancement and career paths for high performers.


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    Calpine culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calpine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    people own their career & development

    Cons

    favoritism of executive leadership to small group of people (very apparent to many levels of organization) - lack of women in key leadership roles contrary to what they say Little to No accountability for poor performers Operations has weak senior leaderhip


  9. Great company. Great people.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calpine

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Family oriented, work life balance.

    Cons

    Shady people. Don't know who to trust.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair.


  10. If HR can hold you back, they will.

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    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Pasadena, TX
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Pasadena, TX

    I have been working at Calpine full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good career experience Good benefits and decent compensation.

    Cons

    Training Is poor. Career progression is existent but not well thought out. Promotion compensation is subjective and barely keeps up with inflation Rules don't apply to management and are bypassed to get what management wants. The people making the company run are of course treated to worst. Good ole boy mentality

    Advice to Management

    Develop a full proof training program and invest in the resources to implement that program. Next stop hiring managers who have poor people skills. Hire managers who are educated; forward thinking is essential to company success and empowering your people. Train your managers more! Hold your management accountable for their actions, and evaluate them frequently. The power plant technician is equally as important as the corporate business manager do not treat them differently.


  11. no to Calpine

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Calpine

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great insurance and insurance. Management has layoffs to get rid of staff. No to Calpine.

    Cons

    Management constantly makes decisions to layoff

    Advice to Management

    Fix that



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