CenterPoint Energy

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CenterPoint Energy Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
60 Reviews
3.8
60 Reviews
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CenterPoint Energy President, CEO, and Director David M. McClanahan
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36 Ratings

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.  

    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 (less than an 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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Good place to work, most of the time

    • 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 (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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6. 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 (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
  7.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding career. They appreciate you. Compensation was fair.

    Cons

    HQ in Houston.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Highly professional office, with little moaning.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than an 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
  9. 2 people 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.

  10.  

    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    Great place to work, great and intelligent work force

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, properly spaced out projects and good management

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low compared to other surrounding companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees comparably with the market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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