NRECA Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
33 Reviews
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33 Reviews
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    NRECA made me feel welcome and loved. Great benefits and programs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at NRECA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The personal growth I experienced here was out of this world.

    Cons

    For me, it was far but worth the trip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. As an intern, I felt really involved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Repr
    Current Employee - Repr

    I have been working at NRECA full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Benefits, Benefits! :Paid Metro pass and 8-10k for college, on site Microsoft training, Paid Professional Memberships, a Pension (Yes a dying benefit) while also having a 401(k), Bike lockers, showers, a gym and towel service, a contribution to your retirmement medical expenses, and periodic socials, cookouts,.....
    Plus competitive salaries
    Management is improving under new CEO to be more transparent and everyone who has been promoted or put in place over the last year have been very good people.
    Great Collegues
    Nice offfice in a good location
    Hires older and diverse employees without hesitation if they have the skills for the job
    Provides good equipment and softward to do your job

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is as has been getting everyone to work effectively together. NRECA is so large and serves so many different electric cooperative purposes that it's difficult. Many of the recent changes have been difficult because it meant layoffs, office moves, and uncertainty but the allignment makes sense form a strategic focus standpoint whereas in the past people were shuffled around to give a manager more responsibilitiy whether it made sense to combine these functions.
    Becase of all the different functions, NRECA has built out a large and complex web of legacy IT applications and functionality. Recently the websites, unter the new CEO's direction, were better organized and consolitated. The results were far superiod to the ad-hoc results of the past.
    Like any organization, there are still some managers who are not as strong as others that should probably be replaced. Some already have in the reorganization.
    Being promoted is a bit of a challenge but does and can happen. But really - who works for a non-profit anyway looking to make it big? It's a very nice qualify of life and certainly had many opportunities to learn and grow if you seek them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The termoil during the transitions have create a lot of confusion and inefficiencies. Please try to make these as quick as possible if they are not already thorugh.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Toxic environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401K match, retirement security pension plan, competitive pay, good location, many good coworkers.

    Cons

    Very cutthroat environment. There is little to no cooperation between groups. Big egos in upper management thrive on conflict and the workers are stuck in the middle. The result is a culture of fear and uneasiness. Also, no strategic direction other than opposition to any clean air measures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check the egos at the door. Show some appreciation for the work being done. Get rid of the tea party politics and look towards the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - IT Worker in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - IT Worker in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at NRECA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    !0 years running as Computer World Best places to work. Good place for older workers. People bend over backwards to help each other. The company regularly invests in training and updating computer equipment. Management continuously tries to improve.

    Cons

    Where much is given, much is expected. Also, hard to get into. Life is better for permanent employees than consultants (but isn't that true everywhere?)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    Co-workers are really good and very helpful in sharing their experience. Organization is innovative, and serves for the betterment of people. Management is kind and takes into account all employees. New CEO has brought with her great deal of experience and open door policy.

    Cons

    None as such. Its a good place to work and start your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Out of touch with their membership, partisan, and management hasn't a clue

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Analyst

    I have been working at NRECA full-time

    Pros

    The association, along with the co-ops it works for, offers great benefits and 401K plans. Flexible hours - many people don't come in until 10 a.m. and they leave at 3 or 4 p.m., particularly upper level management. Lots of smart, talented employees who don't get any recognition but they toil away.

    Cons

    Most of the upper-level management, particularly the new employees, know little to nothing about the energy industry and they don't understand the needs of the members they work for. They make six figures and do very little leading. It's the rank-and-file who do the heavy lifting. It's VERY Republican there - the new CEO is a Republican who has made all of the messages and campaigns anti-EPA and created a VERY partisan atmosphere within the buildings. At a time when the association needs to be as non-partisan as possible - particularly given all of the Dept. of Energy grants they are accepting, they are sounding more-and-more out of touch and digging their heels in on coal. Many of the co-ops have determined that they must face the future in a more open-minded way. But this CEO just panders to her party. Democrats don't speak out but many are extremely uncomfortable with the red atmosphere dominating the association and it's public relations.
    The focus is primarily on making the CEO look good - and yet across the world of co-ops, she is considered by some as not being strong, solid leader. The departments within the building don't communicate well and often work at cross-purposes. People are quitting in droves. And the rest don't speak out because they fear for their jobs. For managers and the CEO, it's a "the-emperor-has-no-clothes" situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to make a big deal about tearing down silos, figure out what the next step is. Otherwise it just leads to the situation you are in now - every man for himself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill unfortunately

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    Current Employee - Communications in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Communications in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at NRECA full-time

    Pros

    NRECA offers excellent benefits and has attracted a lot of good, long-term employees who always keep in mind they are working for the members who own the local co-ops. They take lot of interest in the health of their employees.

    Cons

    It has become a very unsettling place to work. A lot of talented people have left either voluntarily or by pink slip, contributing to a major morale problem. Decisions are made by supervisors more by the seat of the pants than with any well thought-out pattern and "saving ones territory" has become the norm, unfortunately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The level of communications with mid- and lower-level employees is very poor. The computer system is antiquated. Can't remember the last time anyone in my unit received praise for going above and beyond the call of duty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Aside from some sub-par management, it's a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    Community feel, pleasant people to work with, competitive salaries, training opportunities.

    Cons

    Major changes taking place with new CEO have created an unstable feel. Some departments appear to have better management than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the employees who have given so much of their lives to the members of the electric cooperatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hopefully gets better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Mission is worthwhile
    Good location
    Employees are dedicated
    The members of the association are some of the greatest people that you will get to deal with
    Pay is better than most associations

    Cons

    Management is very top heavy. Too many supervisors are paranoid and do not encourage employees to grow or learn new skills.
    IT does not keep with with the times.
    Web site is grossly out of date.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let change happen. Stop being defensive and opposing changes desired by the new CEO. The new CEO is a breath of fresh air. Let her enact her plans. Stop being obstacles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good organization. A mission you can embrace and feel good about. Currently, undergoing lots of change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRECA full-time

    Pros

    The mission of the electric cooperatives is honorable. In the electric utility industry, co-ops wear the "white hats." For the most part, the employees are engaged in the mission of the organization. You'll find that your co-workers are top-notch. It is a very family friendly place.

    Cons

    With a new CEO and new senior management, NRECA is undergoing a pretty substantial change which isn't uncommon during a transition. In some areas, that change is wonderfully articulated. In other areas, folks are kept in the dark.

    I think it will take about a year or so (2015), until things finally shake out and a clear leadership course will be set.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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The very urban headquarters of the National RURAL Electric Cooperative Association headquarters (Photo thanks to Flickr user assortedstuff, available under by-nc-sa v2.0)
From the 10th floor balcony of NRECA, Ballston, Va (Photo thanks to Flickr user subfugitive with permission, All rights reserved.)

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