Calpine Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
51 Reviews

3.4
51 Reviews
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Calpine President, CEO, and Director Jack A. Fusco
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  1.  

    Solid Intern Engineering Experience

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering  in  Pittsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Pittsburg, CA

    I worked at Calpine as an intern for less than a 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
  2.  

    Neutral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calpine full-time for 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.

  3.  

    Good and mostly fair

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    Current Employee - Power Plant Operator  in  Pittsburg, CA
    Current Employee - Power Plant Operator in Pittsburg, CA

    I have been working at Calpine full-time for 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
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  5.  

    Plant Engineering Intern

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    Current Employee - Plant Engineering Intern
    Current Employee - Plant Engineering Intern

    I have been working at Calpine as an intern for more than a 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
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    Summer/Part time intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calpine as an intern for more than a 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
  8.  

    Great place to work for dedicated individuals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calpine full-time for 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
  9.  

    Very satisfying experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company is very employee friendly (maybe sometimes a little too friendly). The present management has provided order and appropriate direction for a young company such as Calpine, and at the same time making available great benefits and opportunities for those looking. The company has still preserved the idea of flexibility in job roles and responsibilities.

    Cons

    When it comes to fleet operations, the company is not taking full advantage of the size of its fleet. We continue to suffer from having to reinvent the wheel, as well as not thoroughly investigating and communicating issues. Granted these are growing pains for any young company, but at some point and emphasis has to be placed improvement from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    trader

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    Current Employee - Trader
    Current Employee - Trader

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

    Pros

    great company to start with

    Cons

    no room for advancement and too stagnated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    RACIST TOWARDS WOMEN

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Middletown, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CA

    I have been working at Calpine as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    3 day weekends. We work 4/10's, which is nice.

    Cons

    As a contractor you don't have any benefits, you don't deserve anything. At least in the Geysers their treatment towards women is totally racist... basically administration. Barely any room for growth. Worst HR department ever... they are known as "Human Remains". HR has created an environment of fear, threatning to fire people just because.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start considering people as your most important asset and if you have a contractor working for you for more than a year, hire them. It is obvious you need him/her. I know people here that has been working as a contractor for more than 6 years....applying for openings and being denied for the most stupid reasons. Management prefer to hire a new person than someone that has been doing it for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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