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NRG Energy Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
86 Reviews
3.3
86 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)

  • 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strict and Structured

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  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 an 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.  

    Poor Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    NRG Energy is a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overburdened without focus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Seek out those that add real workplace value.

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

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

    Pros

    There are some very knowledgeable and capable people that know the industry extremely well. Benefits package is above average and the ability to further develop industry insights is reasonably well promoted.

    Cons

    Too much continuing growth of policy and procedure promoted by middle managers that add very little to the value equation. Lack of change management expertise, which does not bode well when in M&A mode.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Widely implementing the business practices of a $2 a share takeover company (Genon) without greater scrutiny is a poorly conceived strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very busy

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

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time (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
  10.  

    A very nice place of Employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good job, low salary. All of the good salaries are reserved for management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - C&I Billing Representative II in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - C&I Billing Representative II in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The people and the company culture are good. I never had a problem with any concerns that I had. Immediate management always listened to my concerns.

    Cons

    Their salaries are at the low end of the totem pole. Actually they are the bottom of the barrel as far as the energy industry in Texas is concerned. Learn the industry here, but go elsewhere if you want to get paid a living wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the salaries to keep qualified people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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