Calpine Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
54 Reviews
3.1
54 Reviews
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Thad Hill
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Benefits, compensation and relaxed working hours (in 10 reviews)

  • good work life balance,not stressful and blame employee for trying something new (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.  

    Neutral

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calpine full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very nice environment to work in. Company tries to promote a professional and relaxing atmosphere. It's a good place to start a career in the industry.

    Cons

    Training and career development has a lot to be desired. Inexplicable favoritism seems to becoming an issue.

  2.  

    Corporate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calpine

    Pros

    Outstanding pay and benefits. Great business model

    Cons

    Old school culture in terms of work life balance. Most departments operate in cya mode opposed to working together to solve business challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and trust employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Highly political, high stress corporate environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Better benefits than most (but pay is super low)

    Cons

    Most political organization I have ever worked at. No one cooperates or works with each other in order to minimize personal liability. Even with departments (looking at you, IT and compliance) managers are highly competitive and their only goals are self-serving. A lot of employees exist who are either incompetent and/or barely working. A handful of these unfortunately happen to be VPs. The company refuses to invest in it's costs (IT, compliance, safety, etc.) and it gets what it pays for. Everyone is stressed out and afraid to deal with anyone outside their department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage departments to work together to solve company problems. Pay your employees what they deserve to stop getting people out of the bottom of the barrel. Use leadership skills to bring employees to where you want them, not fear to push them there instead. Critically evaluate the performance of each employee and get rid of the dead weight. Make an effort to reduce the unnecessary work load on the each department and carefully reevaluate each department's role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Who is managing the managers?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Calpine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, including healthcare. Compensation is avg for industry. There is not much more to say that is good.

    Cons

    Environment
    Workplace is noisy on trade floor. People wear headphones and barely talk to one another. The environment is not conducive to teamwork.

    Work/Life Balance issues
    Lack of telework policy.
    Years of experience is not counted in vacation policy.

    Management
    Incompetency is rampant. Trust between employees and management does not exist. Plans are kept secret.

    Career/Promotion
    There is no career counseling. Promotions are political not professional.

    Accountability
    No one is held accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Terminate poor performing employees.
    Establish a career counseling plan.
    Reestablish an "anonymous" survey.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Solid Intern Engineering Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Pittsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Pittsburg, CA

    I worked at Calpine as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good site culture and great team to work with, site engineer a little pushed for time to really scope up projects properly and input significant time but no formal internship program was in place.

    Cons

    Lack of a really clear career path, unclear expectations of what was to be produced and unclear processes and procedures for documenting engineering work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good and mostly fair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Power Plant Operator in Pittsburg, CA
    Current Employee - Power Plant Operator in Pittsburg, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, fair pay, a lot of OT.

    Cons

    Not paid for OT. Too much OT

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Plant Engineering Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Engineering Intern
    Current Employee - Plant Engineering Intern

    I have been working at Calpine as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back enviornment, Low stress job, flexible, great employees.

    Cons

    Did not always work in the field that I was educated in. Too much enviornemntal work was included.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Volunteer Experience at Calpine

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calpine

    Pros

    They have a mostly nice environment, and normally employees stay loyal to Calpine.

    Cons

    Calpine can struggle with flexibility with work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more flexibility.

  10.  

    Summer/Part time intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calpine as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, above average pay for an intern, overall great co-workers, low-stress

    Cons

    Did not work much in desired area, stubborn mentor,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work for dedicated individuals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Calpine has great opportunities for those who like a challenge - there are still some legacy employees that have not embraced the positive change and transformation over the past 5 years that this company has undertaken - benefits are exceptional

    Cons

    employees who are not dedicated and manager's dont hold accountable bring rest of organization down - there is a lot of medeocre employees that coast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rid the organization of low performers - most companies have 10% or less - Calpine has closer to 20% ....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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