NRG Energy Reviews
Good pay in easy job environment(in 5 reviews)
Great people to work with especially in Reliant part of the business(in 4 reviews)
It really comes down to one thing ---- Zero work/life balance(in 4 reviews)
Senior Management does not have a good strategy for the company(in 5 reviews)
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Pros – Attractive Bonus and more pay than other companies (that is what most people working at NRG think). Free 3 course lunch is provided all 5 days.
Cons – The salary and the bonus package may be attractive but if you see the number of hours you work-the per hour salary and the stress is not worth working at NRG. For the last 10 years NRG is in an buying spree-it keeps acquiring bigger corporations thus overloading work for the employees.
Advice to Senior Management – When you acquire more companies, increase the work force proportionately. Employees do have life outside NRG
Pros – Majority of the people are nice, into community works.
Cons – Senior Management does not have a good strategy for the company. They are all over the places.
Advice to Senior Management – Focus on the core business. Buying businesses, but not integrating well will not make the company successful
– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
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Pros – Low expectations. Good pay. Bankers hours. Most employees are pleasant to work with.
Cons – Inexperienced leaders made up of only long-term employees with no real-world experience. Watch your back with all leaders across the company. Lots of wasted time in meetings. No one can make a decision.
Advice to Senior Management – Quit focusing on PR activities and look at real value creation. Bring in people with real business experience if you hope to survive long term. CEO creates a bad environment and encourages in-fighting which only results in wasted effort internally rather than how to grow the company.
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Pros – Compensation, benefits are good, free lunch
Cons – Long hours, incompetent management, expectations are moving targets, heavily political working environment, management does not care about employees at all, management has no integrity (for the group I'm in)
Advice to Senior Management – be honest, take care of your employees, be respectful
Pros – Open door, high level of responsibilities
Cons – Unstructured, poor (or lack thereof) mentorship / career development program
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Supportive managers, interesting and challenging opportunities abound. Great benefits including insurance, 401k, profit sharing, and yearly performance based incentives.
Cons – Not a lot of options to move up the corporate ladder - though this may be temporary. Work from home generally not allowed except in extenuating circumstances.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Great Money and Benefits. Interesting work.
Cons – Company really doesn't care about the power plant employees. Just a number.
Advice to Senior Management – Respect the people that make the company go.
Pros – Excellent teams, fantastic spirit, decent access to higher management for communication. The office culture is fantastic, and the management is well put together.
Cons – Poor exit opportunities, terrible cross-department communication, slow deadlines and plenty of dead weight. There are better opportunities for talent.
Advice to Senior Management – none
Pros – Nice office in Houston, professional work environment for the most part.
Cons – Low-energy environment. On-boarding process was very limited.
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Pros – - Smartest people I have ever worked with
- Good pay
- Changing company in a strong industry
- Can drive change in the organization
Cons – It really comes down to one thing ---- Zero work/life balance. Don't take the below comments as a 'rant', but as genuine honesty. I am a happy employee, but there is even so much I can take before I burn out and am forced to find a job elsewhere.
Working weekends, and at an absolute minimum availability to work on the weekends, is expected. When you are on vacation/PTO you are expected to do work if needed (means your blackberry and laptop are always with you). This of course depends on the group you end up in, however any finance-related role other than trading.....good luck. - I know many people who have had at most 2 weekends completely off in the last 6 months.
Its unfortunate because its a great company in every way except for one critical deficiency: "your personal live is secondary, and if you feel otherwise then get a new job" is the mentality. This overshadows employee morale.
To be honest, and I am sure most employees at NRG feel this way, I wonder why I don't go into investment banking or management consulting. Like all NRG employees, I am definitely smart enough, work the same amount of hours, and despite the good pay I could make more elsewhere....food for thought, right?
Advice to Senior Management – Realize that just saying "Good Job" is not enough to keep up employee morale. The pay is great, benefits are pretty good, and the free food is a nice perk, however this does not correct the fact that no one who works here feels that its OK to have any non-work related activities. I don't want to feel guilty to spend time with my kids, or be able to relax on the weekends, or to take PTO, yet the managerial culture and workload make us feel this way.
Create a culture that cares about employee morale, and enforce it. Otherwise wait and see the mass exodus that will come as all your employees burn out, myself included.