NRECA
3.1 of 5 29 reviews
www.nreca.coop Arlington, VA 500 to 999 Employees

NRECA Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2014
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3.1 29 reviews

                             

29% Approve of the CEO

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Jo Ann Emerson

(7 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    7 people found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment, terrible management, but good benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, including tuition reimbursement, no-interest computer loans, very low interest 401(k) loans, pension plan, fairly good health plan, learning and certification opportunities, good salaries in some departments, a good cause (serving rural electric cooperatives), a lot of well-meaning employees

    ConsDue to a new CEO, the organization is going through a difficult time. People are afraid for their jobs (and for good reason). Otherwise, it's very bureaucratic, top-heavy and full of office politics. Extreme micromanagement. No accountability. Not supportive of innovators or movers/shakers; not much empowerment of employees. One of those places where 20% of the employees do 100% of the work (on that note, if you're looking for a place to retire from, head on over to NRECA!). Pay is great for some people and terrible for others -- pay scale makes no sense. There are yearly reviews but no career ladders. Some managers regularly demean employees and are not reprimanded. On a personal level, the politics and blame-game can get downright nasty. Wouldn't recommend to an enemy, much less a friend.

    Advice to Senior Management85% of you are terrible at what you do, so not sure how you can improve on that. Quit? Retire? To the CEO: If you're going to turn the organization into a right-wing political machine, you're going to lose employees who didn't sign up for that agenda.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Currently in the midst of change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThe organization has a great mission. There are pockets in the association that are passionate about this mission so employees can feel like they are contributing to making a difference.

    ConsThe CEO is new (March 2013) and has hired lots of consulting groups to help review portions of the organization. People have been shuffled around without much opportunity for feedback. Those that are no longer needed get very little notice (a week or two). The IT department is in the middle of a benchmarking study where more big shuffling is likely. Probably won't make the Best Place to Work list next year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep employees better informed about reorgs as many people are nervous and anxious.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent Staff
    People were fantastic to work for.
    management new what they wanted and what tasks they wanted done

    ConsDidn't like the dress code for software staff

    Advice to Senior Managementrelax the dress code.

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on what you're looking for.....

    IT Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsMany people have been here for decades - literally "lifers". If you are in the frame of mind of retiring or just maintaining, this is the place for you. If you are interested in career, personal development or growth, you can start here, but you will quickly feel the need to move on before your first year ends and definitely before the second ends.

    ConsMany people have been here for decades -
    Technology is outdated with the exception of your personal laptop, but systems and applications in general are lacking

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    If you have a great manager, you can have a great work experience

    Senior Representative (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    Prosgreat mission and purpose
    great managers do not micromanage and let you do your job and do it well
    great work colleagues

    Conssome members of the executive leadership team do not think about employees as resources and instead think of the $$$ (the bottom line) first
    CEO is readying to retire; hopefully new CEO will be able to counter and control those short-sighted executive team members
    if you do not have a great manager, you can be pigeonholed and micromanaged

    Advice to Senior Managementvalue your employees as the amazing assets that they are; when you lose a great employee, they take their knowledge out the door with them

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Accounting Assistant (Current Employee)
    Live Oak, FL

    Prosfriendly
    mostly people with degrees are hired

    ConsNo part time benefits
     Uninformative on management

    Advice to Senior Managementshould inform former employees of more what is all going on instead of expecting everyone to know everything going on in the management section when not told anything.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, stable organization

    Senior Applications Developer (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsGreat benefits, high level of investment in employees (training, tuition, etc)

    ConsStill a bit bureaucratic, dress code could be relaxed a bit

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsGreat benefits
    Strong mission
    Very commited and engaged workforce
    Convenient location for commuting
    Telework option
    Pension plan and a 401(k)

    ConsVery limited business casual
    Management is inconsistent - even within the same department
    Lack of trust in employees by some members of senior management
    In the midst of transition as CEO has announced his retirement in 2013

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more respect for your strong performers who are assets to the Association; treat them better than simple job grade numbers that equate to a cubicle size

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    High hopes went unrealized.

    Associate (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThe benefits were good and fairly comparable for the DC area. And tuition reimbursement is always a good thing, IMO.

    ConsDownsizing is always looming. I got to witness several employees with 20+ years get canned. If the company wasnt loyal to them, why be loyal to the company?

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to retain good people, stop scaring them off with your actions. Watching executives get escorted out is not good for morale. Don't be so resistant to change.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dynamix and never dull. If you are self motivated the learning opportunities are boundless.

    Senior Representative (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsIf you are a person who wants a career and not just a job, you'll love NRECA. There is on-site Microsoft Training opportunities for all Office Products and SharePoint. You are encouraged to continue training opportunities, persue professional certifications and secondary education. (They offer up to $8,000/year for college!)

    There are no clear career paths, but in my short experience - if you show iniciative, you will advance either by applying for another open position or a rewrite of your current responsibilities.

    The benefits are truely about as high as you can find anywhere, with the exception of huge bonuses. They do offer smaller incentives in the form of gift certificates, but you won't get rich. What you will have is a place that never gets dull, great benefits, work life balance, and a comfortable salary with great retirement benefits.

    ConsA little slow to get rid of bad managers and tolerance for unkind management behaviors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsistent accountablility of all mid level management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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