CenterPoint Energy Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
51 Reviews

3.8
51 Reviews
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CenterPoint Energy President, CEO, and Director David M. McClanahan
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  1.  

    Good place to work, most of the time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 CenterPoint Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    For the most part, it's a good company to be a part of. Compensation is below the market rate, but that is not surprising for a utility. Work-life balance is good and benefits are average. 9/80's are a perk, but that seems to be the going rate for many energy companies. Corporate culture seems to be improving, though you do still see that "old boys club" mentality at times.

    Cons

    The majority of employees at this company have been here most of their careers (20-30 yrs) so one of the primary challenges is a resistance to change. Also I think tenure/years at the company is rewarded more than exemplary work, or even education sometimes. It's incredibly frustrating. Soon, a large chunk of the employee population is going to retire and knowledge transfer is going to be an issue. Not much room for growth in every department, only some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee's merit and performance rather than years at the company.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Its a great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op Electrical Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Co-Op Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    willing to work with you and make sure that you learn. They make sure that if you have things to take care of out side of work they help you adjust your schedule to make what ever you need to get done.

    Cons

    I really do nont have anything bad to say about this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Poorly managed

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

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

    Pros

    They do have benefits and don't bounce payroll checks. They don't do much more, though. Good coffee at some offices. Overall, average.

    Cons

    It seems that the only way to get a promotion is to wait until somebody dies or retires. The good news is that whenever they are cash poor, they will ask for voluntary retirements. I suppose they do this to keep costs down.

    Next, the managers they promote really tow the corporate line. If you think they care about you, make a decision that costs them money and see if you aren't given the boot.

    As long as it doesn't cost them money, they are for it. If it costs money, they will cry like stuck animals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    CenterPoint Energy cares about it's employees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy

    Pros

    I work with a great group of hard working individuals. They make my job enjoyable.

    Cons

    You have to pay for city parking every month at a minimum price of $50.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is great. They are understanding for time-off vacations.

  6.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Low salary compared to other engineering jobs in Houston.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look at more competitive salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Good Co-workers.

    Cons

    With so many employees reaching retirement eligibility, they need to garner the wealth of knowledge these individuals have and incentive more tenured employees to do knowledge transfer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    10 years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CenterPoint Energy

    Pros

    There are plenty many opportunities for advancement as long as you have at least a bachelor's degree or higher.
    The company offers many perks ( free lunch on occasion, gift cards, tuition reimbursement, etc)

    Cons

    It is very easy to get terminated.
    Mandatory overtime.
    This company is very strick on attendance. One minute late is late..
    Due to emergency calls that are received, very easy to miss details and as a result, get terminated.
    You must go to work in hurricanes, fire, tornado. ... you are emergency response employee..
    The calls are micro managed. How much time you spend on a call.
    The things you say on a call. They promote saying "key words" on every call.

  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Rewarding career. They appreciate you. Compensation was fair.

    Cons

    HQ in Houston.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Highly professional office, with little moaning.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good teamwork atmosphere. Plenty of opportunities for raises and promotion on the professional side. Training is always available if you ask for it.

    Cons

    Lots of corporate shuffling means some problems with inexperience. The manager that leads your team might not be as qualified as the subject matter experts that are less well paid. If you have a motivated team player as a SME, then you should be fine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Advancing in technology and has a lot of growth potential.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 CenterPoint Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a lot of growth potential and the leadership moving towards advanced technology. There is great life/work balance, great benefits, and the compensation is competitive. Very nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    They have been a bit slow into moving towards using technology so even though they are quickly closing this gap there is still a lot of improvements to be made for efficiency purposes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work life balance is great but the hours should be more flexible for salaried employees such as: if you come in at 7 you can leave at 4; if you come in at 8 you can leave at 5.....there should not be a set schedule. Most of the companies do not have a set schedule for professionals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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