Reliant Energy Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Great people, bad organizational structure and leadership

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

    I have been working at Reliant Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reliant is a great place to meet friendly and excited people. Managers and leaders are approachable and do not over micro manage. Reliant is engaging in newer markets and endeavors, a rare sight in a fairly traditional industry, and there are exciting things to come.

    Cons

    The current organization structure is quite terrible. A lot of organization roles are assigned out of favor or to fill in missing holes in the existing structure instead of taking a step back to seriously reconsider how to reorganize the company in preparation to do bigger and newer things. There is very little training and documentation and the IT data warehouse and processes are ill-defined, leading up to a lot of front-end inefficiencies and bottlenecks that are never addressed over the years. Career progression is not out of merit, but very much out of favor and relationship. There are no paths to advancing in levels up the career since none of these are clearly stated or presented to employees. You will have to do more than doing good work, and network in order to advance for the work that you do.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously reconsider the current organization structure of the business. Understand that the IT/data weaknesses of the company will be the greatest bottleneck of the company as all industries/companies are moving fast paced into a very efficient/automated future. Performance review in its current state is in a bad state. It feels a lot more like a deadline to fill in a paper document instead of a real development process. Managers should be focused on helping grow people through these performance reviews instead of receiving documents to be passed to HR.


  2. Helpful (2)

    It was better before NRG

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

    I worked at Reliant Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was an ok place to work

    Cons

    Work never got done, everything changed every week

    Advice to Management

    Management changed every year and everything else with them


  3. The management is very good. The have a good handle on the industry.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Owner in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Owner in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Reliant Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    There are plenty if opportunities for advancement. Management is very good in helping your career progress.

    Cons

    It is very fast paced.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on employee growth.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Customer service

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

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

    Pros

    The ppl that you work with are awesome

    Cons

    The benefits are not as good as they use to be.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Love the atmosphere.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Energy Consultant in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Energy Consultant in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Reliant Energy full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Be able to make a lot of money. Gives you customer service experience. Be able to meet new people everyday. Opportunity to move up.

    Cons

    There really isn't any bad things about. I mean if you're lazy, this isn't the job for you. You gotta be able to take rejection. The better the salesmanship, the better you're going to be in this business.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reliant Energy

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good. Strong team building.

    Cons

    No flexible hours. Hard to get chance for training.


  8. Helpful (2)

    good company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Reliant Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay is decent, and they schedules are pretty flexible.

    Cons

    No room to grow within the company

    Advice to Management

    give to top sellers more opportunity to grow within the company, besides giving out giftcards


  9. Helpful (3)

    Incompetent Marketing Department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Reliant Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reliant Energy is a great place to work — for the paycheck. The company pays their employees about 15% more than other companies, which is easy since they charge their customers about 15% more for their electricity.

    Cons

    The leadership simply does not know what they are doing which makes them incredibly insecure around the few employees that do. The marketing department is run by a gaggle of mean women who confuse “girl power” with a “good ol’ girl” mindset that makes for a dysfunctional sorority. Leadership only hires and promote their friends, regardless of their level of competence or experience.

    Advice to Management

    Move the Marketing/ Communications department to Princeton and hire either an agency or team with proven experience. How many more customers does Reliant Energy have to lose before NRG makes a change?


  10. Helpful (1)

    A company in transition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Reliant Energy full-time

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

    Pros

    The compensation package was good, annual bonus, 401K and generous vacation at sign-on A mature IT Development Lifecycle Worked with some great IT Senior Management

    Cons

    The company was constantly acquiring new acquisitions; the state of employment was in constant flux The salary was competitive, but at the low end of the scale Working downtown at the Pavilion was not convenient; long walk from Metro Bus route at downtown locations

    Advice to Management

    Too much management and not enough worker bees... Really need to reassess how you determine who stays and who goes when going thru a merger/acquisition situation


  11. Helpful (6)

    Don't waste your time !

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I got a free nest thermostat : )

    Cons

    This is a MUST READ if you're considering being a sales agent for Reliant Energy/Tecomax ! You're literally hired on the spot but don't be deceived , most don't stay . We had a hired class of about 49 people and maybe only one or two stayed . Here's why . Your day starts at 8am . Then you spend an hour or so listening to the millionaires of the company talk of their financial success . Then you sit around the office trying to hype each other up until about 1pm . From there you go to your territory . You're dropped off in a neighborhood from 1:30 to around 9:00 pm knocking the same doors over and over . While you're knocking doors your supervisors spend the day in their cars eating and staying out of the elements . Even if you have an emergency and have to leave they will not come get you . They say the ones that are successful endure it . That's your day . Also don't be deceived by the pay ! It's NOT $100 a deal the way they say . It starts at $80 a deal BUT the regional managers cut is also taken from that so you start at $60 a deal . Only the higher ups profit that's why they hire in volume knowing most won't stay

    Advice to Management

    Wise up . Be honest with new hires



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