NRG Energy Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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NRG Energy President, CEO, and Director David W. Crane
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Pros
  • Good pay in easy job environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Compensation and benefits package are pretty competitive (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Overflowing plate of work projects does not lend well to focus; analysis paralysis to get management decisions; no work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Do not work here if you have children, there is no work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    A very good company

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

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative & growing. Generous pay, good benefits, good bonus plan & nice perks. The company is a stellar community member and it cares about employees. I work with great people and we have a good office culture.

    Cons

    PTO is generous, but staff seem uncomfortable using it. Long hours are the norm and burn out is common. I believe that staff are actually fearful about using PTO and if it's used too often, one's value to the machine will be diminished. Managers are terrible examples in this area and teams follow their lead.

    Advice to Management

    Push life balance so you don't lose good people to burn out. Hire competent and professional HR staff. Communicate successes and failures more often. Wins are so motivating and failures must be better opportunities for learning. Communication needs to be better for mid to lower level staff.


  2. Visionary CEO but too stratified a culture to succeed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Energy company pushing the limits in terms of sustainability. Excellent global giving program. Visionary CEO. Smart employees.

    Cons

    Limited upside; indecisive middle management, lots of political infighting, poor backend systems

    Advice to Management

    Negotiate hard before accepting the offer because it will be a long time before you improve it!


  3. Manager Safety and Health

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, VA

    I worked at NRG Energy (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed job immensely. Team I worked with was great and all were trying hard to adapt to new ideas and structure.

    Cons

    Growing rapidly and many many hours needed to do job right

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Work

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

    I have been working at NRG Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company with market level compensation. Opportunities for advancement exist. Company is constantly growing. Good benefits package available. Company outlook is bright.

    Cons

    Not really any cons to report.


  6. Not_bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Management needs improvement - tries to more than it can handle


  7. great pay decent benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CPO in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - CPO in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at NRG Energy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great pay! decent benefits! lots of money to be made if you want to make it. big company so can transfer to multiple locations.

    Cons

    changing environment in this industry is leading to many cost cutting and job eliminations. benefits could be better. and work life balance isn't that great.


  8. Electrical Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and flexable work hours

    Cons

    Poor benefits. Those that do more get more work but the people that don't want to do anything are never asked to do more and there behavoir is never corrected

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable for there jobs and reward them for what they do. Come up with a remedy to senoir management taking credit for other peoples work. A constant problem is upper management giving solod performers poor reviews in order to keep them where they are.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Company to work for..

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

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Lunch, Competitive Pay, Good Benefits-401K Plan, Bonus incentives are great if the company does well for the year.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities could be improved by implementing a more focused job rotational program for each department.


  10. Financial Analyst

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

    I have been working at NRG Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere. Very diverse.

    Cons

    They keep employees in the same position too long. No room for upward mobility. Training is horrible.


  11. Marketing Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment and very laidback. Fair amount of work on daily basis.

    Cons

    None. I loved working here.



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