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  1. Helpful (1)

    Responsible staff, decent training for the most part, but lack of senior management skill or care.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at GenOn Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    RRI is a large company with many departments so career movement is very possible. The pay scale seems to be on the higher end of comparable positions in other energy companies.

    Cons

    Lack of senior management skills in fixing problems seems to be a persistent issue. The economic environment of the company is challenging which doesn't create a strong comfort level, and gives the feel that major overhauls of operations could come at any time.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with employees is required to build trust, loyalty, and pride with your rank in file employees.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyed working with great people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Asset Optimization in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Asset Optimization in Houston, TX

    I worked at GenOn Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Best reason to work at GenOn was the people.

    Cons

    Downside of working at GenOn was the management.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management - listen and don't be so arrogant.

  3. Mgr Gross Margin Evaluation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Gross Margin Evaluation in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager Gross Margin Evaluation in Houston, TX

    I worked at GenOn Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary and friend team environment

    Cons

    Not as many opportunity for growth

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  5. Got Sold

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Auditor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at GenOn Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good people, not too hard of a job

    Cons

    Company was sold to NRG for $1.7B ... the company has $1.7B in cash NRG essentially gets all the assets for free.

  6. OK but not satisfied

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    • 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 GenOn Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Receive a paycheck. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Hiring a lot of contractors and trust them help increase the company's operational performance. Like "yes" employees. Few opportunties to grow. Very high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as assets.

  7. Not a good place to work. Moral is rock low from the lowest worker to the top.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I have been working at GenOn Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting industry with a lot of changes
    Good compensation
    Not deep in talent so you have a chance to shine

    Cons

    Terrible senior management
    Weakly positioned to compete in industry
    Lack of clear direction from the top
    Too much emphasis on painting a rosey picture, rather than dealing with reality

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people who report to you to make decisions
    Learn more about the business
    Stop hiring consultants to tell you how to run the business

  8. OK place to work but not much for career advancement

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

    I worked at GenOn Energy

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, Senior Management communicates to employees often

    Cons

    No Career advancement opportunities for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Develop succession planning for talent cultivation

  9. Reliant Energy - Houston, Texas

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at GenOn Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation appears to in line with other companies in the energy industry. Location - if you enjoy working downtown.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted. During my time at the company I have yet to see someone get promoted on my team and more senior positions are almost always filled externally. Although I was hired into the company at a fair compensation level, raises of more than 1 to 2.5% are hard to come by. Since NRG acquired the retail business in early 2009, Reliant has lost many of the perks that once made it a great place to work. Upper management is very out of touch with the rest of the organization and employee morale seems to be at an old time low -- making it a very challenging place to work day in and day out.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees and treat them like adults. There are many talented people capable of great work if given the opportunity.

  10. Decent pay, but that's about it

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    • 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 GenOn Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries at Reliant still appear to be competitive with other employers.

    Cons

    Since being purchased by NRG, Reliant Energy has lost all the advantages that kept employees coming back: scheduling flexibility, rewards program, generous sickleave. I think many people have been staying put due to the down economy, but that's changing quickly and as jobs appear, valuable people will begin leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people instead of just each other. I think many people have been staying put due to the down economy, but that's changing quickly and as jobs appear, valuable people will begin leaving.

  11. Good benefits and environment..needs more skilled managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Portfolio Valuation Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Portfolio Valuation Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at GenOn Energy

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits: 6% 401K match, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (purchase stock at 85% of market value), good Health plan, affordable dental and vision, target bonuses for some roles.

    The gym at the 1000 Main location is excellent and a free trainer is available.

    Reliant has a very collegial and respectful work environment.

    Cons

    Senior positions are often filled externally rather than internally. Post-Enron, the company invested much less in employee training. However, fewer training classes were partially offset by the availability of internet "self-training" resources.

    Advice to Management

    Joel Staff, the CEO when I worked at Reliant, did a good job communicating with employees in his weekly voice mail. Also, giving away points (redeemable for merchandise) to recognize people for living company values was a good program.

    I would like to see a culture of greater accountability and more promotions given internally. Delivering high quality training will facilitate more internal promotions. Reliant should reinstate the rotation program they had for high potential employees during the energy boom.

    Last, Reliant still has some brilliant senior managers, many from McKinsey. However, their intellectual strength doesn't necessarily translate to superior managerial skill. Human resources should ensure the are rewarding the right behaviors.

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