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NRG Energy Reviews in Princeton, NJ

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
89 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay in easy job environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Benefits package is above average and the ability to further develop industry insights is reasonably well promoted (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Do not work here if you have children, there is no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • No work life balance, a lot of overtime, but no reward (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work as a consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NRG Energy as a contractor

    Pros

    Your advise and opinions are highly regarded and most employees were good to work with.

    Cons

    politically charged environment for employees due to mergers and integration of new companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of the insecurities and concerns of the employees during transition periods.

    Recommends
  2.  

    No advancement opportunity, no work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Salary, not too bad in the industry, decent bonus rate, but Princeton is high living cost area though.
    Free lunch in princeton office

    Cons

    No work life balance, a lot of overtime, but no reward. On call even after at home for emails stuff.
    No room to growth, they tend to hire external people for senior position while ignore the promotion of current employees.
    Benefit is mediocre at best, shabby medical insurance.
    I don't like the open office floor, I think it is a distraction, why can't they get a decent office for HQ?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more money on the workforce, feel somehow cheap in a lot of things, right now there is really nothing good except the free lunch.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent place to work, but many obstacles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Good co-workers
    Free lunch in Princeton office

    Cons

    No organization charts
    Constantly acquiring other companies
    Frequent change
    Little management support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work Life Balance? In a few years working at NRG you forget what that means!

    Former Employee - Account Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    When you acquire more companies, increase the work force proportionately. Employees do have life outside NRG

  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sincerely Depends on the Group You Work In

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (more than a year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience, very open management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at NRG Energy as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Open office leads to open managers. The ability to just walk up to the desk of anyone in the company, including the CEO, breeds great morale and greatly facilitates collaboration. Also, great catered lunch.

    Cons

    Matrix organization can lead to doing double work, as you try to convince two bosses to agree to a project. Also, as far as the Princeton location is concerned, rush hour traffic is rough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with a promising future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Leadership has vision and executes quickly on opportunities

    Cons

    Growth and change are constant. I personally see that as a good thing, but many shy from it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to acknowledge the employees for their hard work and commitment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunistic organization with an aggressive corporate culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    NRG dabbles in areas outside its traditional business which sometimes creates new opportunities. Ample flexibility to move within the organization.

    Cons

    Corporate culture needs improvement. Work/Life balance seems to apply only to senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote meritocracy rather than relationships, reward substance rather than facetime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Fabulous pay/bonus structure & benefits
    Free lunch daily in company cafeteria
    Forward thinking and strategic player in the marketplace

    Cons

    open work environment
    all business no play

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - could use some more HR programs involving employees and connecting employees with other groups than they work with daily

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for but be aware of politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Solid compensation package
    High degree of trust to analysts/managers
    Accessibility of top management

    Cons

    Long hours
    Too much politics at directors -VP level
    Bi-lateral moves are discouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bi-lateral moves promote interdepartmental knowledge sharing. Don't let you VP/Directors stop people from being promoted outside of their business areas

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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