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NRG Energy Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
89 Reviews
3.3
89 Reviews
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NRG Energy President, CEO, and Director David W. Crane
David W. Crane
60 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    NRG has most of the ingredients of a great company, so it is baffling why they can't execute better in solar.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Larkspur, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Larkspur, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart team with great credit and banking relationships. CEO appears passionate about solar energy and electric vehicles.

    Cons

    Mid-level executives saddle solar with unrealistic return expectations, and price themselves out of the market.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Coal is Dead

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Big company with lots of mobility (as long as you like Texas)

    Cons

    Lousy (I mean lousy), medical benefits. Sub par 401K match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the fossil plants (half of your portfolio) like an underclass

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Strict and Structured

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

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time (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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall a great place to work

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company is always looking for growth opportunities, which allows for good career opportunities for those that want to step up and take on additional responsibilities. I found there to be great work/life balance as project deadlines always seemed reasonable to me and didn't require regular work after normal business hours. In general the employees seemed satisfied and the management and co-workers were mostly pleasant to interact with. Total compensation and benefits always felt fair and maybe a touch above industry norms.

    Cons

    There always seemed to be a new re-org. I would have preferred there to be more training opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solar Technician IV in Nipton, CA
    Current Employee - Solar Technician IV in Nipton, CA

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

    Pros

    Safe, secure, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Long drive to location but this is common with most power plants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent place to work, but many obstacles

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    • 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
  8.  

    NRG Energy is a good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Safety Manager - MANE in Montville, CT
    Former Employee - Regional Safety Manager - MANE in Montville, CT

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

    Pros

    Good working environment with plant personnel, people are dedicated to doing an excellent job. Management knows the direction of the environment and is involved. I miss the people who made the job a real pleasure.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to get all plants on the same page across the US. People in other parts of the US sometimes have the right answers and the learning curve isnt that steep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye towards the future

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves 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  

    Overburdened without focus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic company disrupting the old energy utility paradigm

    Cons

    Overflowing plate of work projects does not lend well to focus; analysis paralysis to get management decisions; no work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the workloads or salary structure otherwise company knowledge will depart for greener pastures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A very nice place of Employment

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    Current Employee - Security Officer in Cheswick, PA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Cheswick, PA

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

    Pros

    This a company that is expanding in an innovative way that is redefining what an energy company should be.
    They will be around for years to come and are reaching across America, developing a better energy generating process.

    Cons

    It cannot grow fast enough. They're upgrading old facilities so patience is a must. Because of expansion into all forms of energy generation, there will be above average training and safety training, but that can be a good thing in the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some extra curricular activities such as a softball team, Bowling tournament or league, or additional recreational activities to the annual picnics would definitely be a plus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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