NRG Energy Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
73 Reviews
3.0
73 Reviews
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NRG Energy President, CEO, and Director David W. Crane
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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.  

    Dynamic work environment that pushes employees to work hard to compete to disrupt the utility competitive space

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Relatively flat organization structure so that the best ideas rise to the top to have an opportunity to be executed

    Cons

    Synergies goals competes with objective to be innovative so employees are sometimes to exhausted to give more so the best ideas are on tomorrow's calendar

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best ideas comes when we are having fun so nurture the work space by giving employees a day every two weeks to work on projects that are independent from their daily job responsibility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    NRG Energy provides fleet wide exposure

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Plant Manager  in  Newburg, MD
    Former Employee - Assistant Plant Manager in Newburg, MD

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

    Pros

    NRG Energy provided numerous opportunities to participate in fleet wide improvement initiatives. Continuous improvement strategies that were demonstrated to be successful at any individual facility were effectively rolled out to the entire fleet through sharing of best in class practices.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement occur infrequently, and nearly always involve relocation to the other side of the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reward the top contributors while transitioning out the caretakers, in particular at some of the newly acquired facilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unprofessional zoo of headless chickens at Arthur Kill Power.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a very good experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Great downtown location. Colleagues are really nice.

    Cons

    Senior Management and above is not professional nor do they care about support staff and career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all of your employees. Treat contract employees just like permanent NRG employees. There is a divide which is very noticeable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    blind leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Change is the only constant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    The work environment is very entrepreneurial with the ability to lead and own projects outside of your normal skills and work scope.

    Cons

    Due to the entrepreneurial environment, sometimes there is a lack of alignment on meeting key objectives which can cause friction or duplication of effort which is not the best use of employee resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure consistent accountability throughout the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Paradigm shifting potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time

    Pros

    People, vision, passion, motivation, pushing the energy envelope

    Cons

    Some business systems need updating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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 for 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

  11.  

    OK place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core business. Buying businesses, but not integrating well will not make the company successful

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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