Northeast Utilities

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Northeast Utilities Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
88 Reviews
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Northeast Utilities CEO Thomas J. May
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45 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Used to have flex hours for work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Used to be a good company to work for but since the merger everything is going down hill (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • All of Northeast Utilities has been turned upside down since the merger with NSTAR (in 6 reviews)

  • Since the merger little or no career opportunities for seasoned employees (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Human Resources Co-Op

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Co-Op in Westwood, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Co-Op in Westwood, MA

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    First off, I'd like to note that I am currently working for Northeast Utilities in a co-op (intern) capacity, and this is my first 40hr a week position out of college. I work out of the NSTAR location in MA. For me, this has been an eye-opening experience. For someone who knew close to nothing about how utility companies operated, I felt like my knowledge expanded in all aspects about the company. My position was primarily recruitment, giving presentations, and job postings. The longer I spent working there, the more responsibilities I was given. Being in HR, I was able to work with managers and employees from both the Gas and Electric fields of the utility side, as well as various manager and employees from our different corporate sections. If you are looking for a company who does a great job with investing in their employees, and provides several outlets for personal and professional growth, I would highly recommend looking at a career with NU.

    Cons

    With any merger between two companies, there is always some issues with synergy. I have noticed a few problems with getting former NSTAR and current NU employees on the same page with different types of computer software/programs, but it has been improving since I have started working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The managers in this company do a great job working with their subordinates. My personal experience with my manager has been great. Being a co-op, I was introduced to the company with plenty of work. Not once did I feel like I was over my head, but still felt challenged enough where I knew it was beneficial.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome Company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've been with the Company for 34 years. I'm so thankful to have such a great job with great pay and excellent benefits. I love the fact that management wants what's best for our customers.

    Cons

    I have nothing to complain about. There are so many people out there looking for work. I'm just so happy that I have a place to go to every day where I can contribute and feel like I make a difference! Thank you!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Business Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin, CT

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have been with this company a number of years. The company is changing after the merger, so you need to be okay with change. Energy and NU are the place to be. Management is doing a great job running a financially response public company looking to reduce cost.

    Cons

    Some folks can be slow to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing! Driving the new company to a new level of performance!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    excellent place to be an engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northeast Utilities

    Pros

    interesting and meaningful work. fun people to work with and great managers (in engineering - i don't know about the other departments). they also pay well to new graduates.

    Cons

    really none. enjoy my workplace, colleagues, atmosphere at work, everything great. they treat young people very well, including people fresh out of college, and they will try to keep you.

    Recommends
  6.  

    summer accounting internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Property Tax Intern in Berlin, CT
    Former Employee - Property Tax Intern in Berlin, CT

    I worked at Northeast Utilities as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -learn from the best
    -given a lot of responsibility within the 12-week period
    -good pay for an intern and they set you up with a 401k
    -I've heard that many of the interns are offered full-time upon graduation

    Cons

    -male-dominated environment
    -interns can be clicky

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    One of the best corporations to work for in Connecticut

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin, CT

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities

    Pros

    Very reasonable work/life balance, with a few weekends and late nights here and there
    Excellent benefits, bonuses, raises, and matching contributions
    Layoffs are extremely rare
    Very friendly, down-to-earth people
    Type B personalities can succeed just fine
    No pressure to kill yourself for promotion
    Very relaxed enivronment

    Cons

    Extremely antiquated software applications (circa 1990)
    Seniority is valued a bit too much; can get away with anything
    Promotions are extremely few and far between
    Virtually half of the employees have been there for 30+ years (could be a Pro, too)
    Change is not welcome; stuck in their old ways

    Recommends
  8.  

    Warm, friendly culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Development Intern in Berlin, CT
    Former Employee - Web Development Intern in Berlin, CT

    I worked at Northeast Utilities

    Pros

    People are warm and friendly. You notice it just by walking around.
    Technologically solid IT department.

    Cons

    Whispers of management politics and lack of trust from upper management.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great company, potential for growth is low for entry level engineers in energy efficiency, but an educating experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Northeast Utilities as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Sheer amount of projects, friendly staff, contacts with vendors and contractors

    Cons

    You can't get converted to full time from a contractor position very easily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire international students for engineering positions!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Interning for a sister company of Northeast Utilities, PSNH, was a great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Nashua, NH

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    I have not worked for the company long enough, but the merger with NSTAR has brought some changes not favored by the current employees such as cuts in benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PSNH has already a very welcoming working environment. Everyone seems to get along greatly. I would encourage the management to make the working environment even more welcoming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    decent pay, great benefits

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

    I have been working at Northeast Utilities

    Pros

    benefits are great, pay is decent

    Cons

    micomanged, constantly being watched, nstar took away perks

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