NRG Energy Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
70 Reviews

3.0
70 Reviews
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NRG Energy President, CEO, and Director David W. Crane
David W. Crane
47 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Great people to work with especially in Reliant part of the business (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • 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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  1.  

    Unprofessional zoo of headless chickens at Arthur Kill Power.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work three hours a day, get paid buko bucks, and run your side business via your cell phone while on the job.

    Cons

    New plant manager commands no respect due to lack of leadership skills and a desire to make the plant abide OSHA/NYC and all other sorts of regulations that the plant has never abided by.
    Improper handling of asbestos causing it to get distributed by heaters is okay but not wearing three sets of eye protection is cause for a "serious intervention and upgrade in your work ethic." It's a cut throat environment where everybody is out for themselves. Racism, sexual harassment, and discrimination is an everyday acceptable occurrence that's ignored by management and HR. Every week union members send out scathing open letters as dramatic as the latest teenage vampire movie. Middle management undermines upper management by complaining to the union workers.
    Corporate will mess up your paychecks by either forgetting to pay you somehow or by accidentally taking a years worth of taxes out at once and take a week getting it back to you.
    It's doubtful the rest of the fleet is like this. I couldn't see how the company could exist if it did.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Poorly-run disjointed corporation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Make a living and be exposed to how a large company can work.

    Cons

    Company runs at whims of the CEO with little ability of other executives in charge to make a decision. NRG is a very large corporation with lots of subsidiaries and tons of fiefdoms. Not employee-centric.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    blind leadership

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    Former Employee - Assistant Control Operator MSO III  in  Uncasville, CT
    Former Employee - Assistant Control Operator MSO III in Uncasville, CT

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pay is good for the area.

    Cons

    management out of touch. upper echelon gets there with serious ethics violations. run by lawyers, not people that know how to run a power plant. don't care about employees or equipment...run plants into the ground. Retirement of employees is going to leave a HUGE hole in plant operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do whatever it takes to keep well trained, long term employees. Hire managers that KNOW your plants. Practice what you preach regarding ethics violations.

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

    Good Benefits, Horrible Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    be honest, take care of your employees, be respectful

  6.  

    Not a friendly work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Pay and bonus and location

    Cons

    Open office environment
    HR not trusted
    Very political
    Communicationa nd feedback not wanted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an emotionally safer environment for its employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    NRG Energy?

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    • 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

    NRG promotes an entrepreneurial spirit, however that has led to several dysfunctional departments in which management feedback is not effectively communicated.

    Cons

    No Work / life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide effective feedback to employees
    Be Fair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Strict and Structured

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is a large company with a variety of different roles to be fulfilled and it operates in many States around the country. The pay is probably on par with most publicly-traded energy providers. If the Fortune 500 environment is for you, then this might be a good place to work.

    Cons

    It is too large of a company, with little regard for employees. There is a culture of micromanagement. It has a very corporate structure, with changes that seem to be constant and always for the worse. NRG is growing the business too fast for things to be done properly, so many substandard projects are rolled out before they should be. Management seems to be focused on purchasing as much of the competition as they can, instead of trying to build a better alternative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Casual Work Environment
    WELL KNOWN to provide excellent base level training to be recruited by another firm

    Cons

    Low compensation.
    Almost no room for advancement.
    Focus on solar energy without a need (standard generation is cheaper)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very busy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Well, my paycheck never bounced. I got to work with some great people. I was trusted to make decisions on my own.

    Cons

    Pay was low for the experience level. Benefits seem to get worse every year. No one is replaced after retirement, just make those that remain do more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people. Pay them a fair wage by industry standards. Keep the work load reasonable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No Work Life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People are nice. Free parking. Offices are nice.

    Cons

    Disorganized, HR department is awful to work with. 12 hours days are the norm not the exception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings and not machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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