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CenterPoint Energy Reviews

Updated February 4, 2015
Updated February 4, 2015
67 Reviews
3.7
67 Reviews
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CenterPoint Energy President, CEO, and Director David M. McClanahan
David M. McClanahan
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company with room for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Good place to start.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Hard Works Pays Off

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Stable company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    Working for the gas company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  7.  

    Could be better, but what couldn't?

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

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

    Pros

    Salary is excellent, training is second to none, minimum travel, all tools and equipment including safety gear is supplied, opportunity to advance

    Cons

    Middle management borders on incompetent, the union protects lazy employees, Human Resources is a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out blanket training programs, for instance, I've never fallen off a ladder, sexually harassed anyone, stolen anything, or injured myself slipping on the ground, yet I sit through meetings about these topics annually. Seriously, every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relocation required to "climb the ladder."

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

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

    Pros

    Relative lenient work environment. Stable industry. Large company that provides opportunity to move around inter-departmentally and regionally.

    Cons

    Relocation is an unspoken requirement to advance in the company, often times to make the jump from supervisor to manager. Work can often times be monotonous. Industry environment is highly regulated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to employees' family situations and responsibilities while determining the best candidates for open positions. Relocation should not be looked so highly upon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    My overall experience has been satisfactory. I've had some highs and lows

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is great. The overall work environment is nice

    Cons

    Salary is pretty low and not much room for growth and opportunities. Provide more training opportunities in various systems do analyst can be more well rounded

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    good place to work, but not to further career

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

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

    Pros

    good salary and benefits, stable, good people, flexable schedules, no overtime

    Cons

    not lead by example, very political, people are promoted because of number of years at the company not because of skill set, no incentive or appreciation shown to employees that work hard and employees that don't pull their weight are allow to do so while others have to pick up their slack

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good solid company to work and retire from.

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

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

    Pros

    This company has a great culture and leadership to work with day in and day out.

    Cons

    After working previously with another utility that had a great medical benefits package I was disappointed with what CenterPoint had to offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An HMO maybe an affordable option for others to chose.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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