CenterPoint Energy Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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CenterPoint Energy President, CEO, and Director David M. McClanahan
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is good and benefits are average (in 6 reviews)

  • There is great life/work balance, great benefits, and the compensation is competitive (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • I have found that there is still some of the "good ole boy" system still left in the company (in 4 reviews)

  • Low salary compared to other engineering jobs in Houston (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Electrical Engineering Co-op

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Houston, TX

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Real projects given
    -Wonderful opportunity to network with industry professionals
    -Pay was great

    Cons

    Starts off pretty slow, just like any other internship. Take this time to meet everyone in the department. If you don't have enough work, go and find some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A structured intern development program would be nice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy

    Pros

    I enjoyed the benefits and the appreciation they show their workers.

    Cons

    Did like hour in call center very competitive and everyone is fighting for that one position to get out of the call center. Very little growth in call center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Career Adavancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Consultant

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

    Pros

    Good stable company with challenging work

    Cons

    Lack of local career adavancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value degrees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Good place to start.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to start, getting trained and move on.

    Cons

    Still a "good ole boy" mentality. They will only move you up if "they" think you need to be moved up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open minded to change. Allow employees to better themselves and be a better, more positive influence for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Great company with room for improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Beaumont, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Beaumont, TX

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome benefits and decent pay. Everyone complains and says it should be better, but if you look up market data, it's on par. Room for advancement is there and they like to promote from within. However, a lot of it is who you know.

    Cons

    Growth/promotion opportunities are slow. Some people value time in the company over abilities. There is a lot of room for process improvement. Inter-division/department communication and team work could improve. Changes are made that have unilateral effects on other areas without any fore warning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Feel used and unappreciated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy

    Pros

    The pay is very good

    Cons

    Dealing with irate customers and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Hard Works Pays Off

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    Current Employee - Service Tech in Rosenberg, TX
    Current Employee - Service Tech in Rosenberg, TX

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy

    Pros

    Competitive Wages. Excellent incentives. You feel like a part of something. Management listens and cares. Opportunity to travel and grow. Work as much as you possibly can.

    Cons

    The one thing that would be a con, would have to be some of the older tenured employees seem to feel entitled. But nothing too bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Stable company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy as a contractor

    Pros

    Stable company, not volatile like other energy companies in Houston that go through ups and downs very frequently. It does offer opportunities for personal growth.

    Cons

    It is stable because it takes its own time to change. One has to be patient because it takes a while for the management to make decisions. If you are a go-getter in your prime, it may be a bit frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a disconnect between the senior management and employees in the trenches. I am certain the projects are planned but it seems like a very seat of the pants execution of projects. Please involve the employees actually doing the work in the planning process, or keep them abreast of the plans.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. The most professional & competent management & workforce I have had the opportunity to work for in my 40 + year career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Team Lead in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy

    Pros

    Professional, competent & friendly work environmt that offers meaningful and challenging work assignments and projects and recognizes those employees that perform well.

    Cons

    The expectations of management are high but reasonable. Long hours are expected from employees and contractors in order to meet oftentimes unreasonable deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be an employee focused company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Working for the gas company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at CenterPoint Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can work yourself into a higher tax bracket if you wish to. There are enough hours available to work yourself crazy.
    A good portion of your work day is set at your pace and management, or it was when I was there. My immediate supervisor was a nice guy.
    Lot's of variety, many different places and people in a single day.

    Cons

    A good portion of the overtime is REQUIRED. The shifts are like nothing most normal people have experienced. Think crab fisherman or something of that ilk. Not a great job for a family man.
    There is a somewhat toxic environment established, it can be avoided or tuned out, but if you are sensitive to disrespectful treatment, scapegoating or being talked to like you are a child you may want to avoid this place.
    Overall, it was a good place to grow a skill set, I hold no ill feelings toward the place. These things mentioned are simply a heads up to those who may not appreciate this style of company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local management is controlled very closely by the out state headquarters. Any advice would be wasted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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