TXU Energy Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
57 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, enjoyable corporate events that are designed to bring the company together (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good bonus structure, average salary range (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Not enough focus on work-life balance or taking a "quality" over "quantity" approach (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours easily become the norm for senior analysts and above (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great pay, smart people, but underutilized and the work was tedious.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great pay, consistent bonuses that exceed target, benefits are good, all the things you would expect from a large company. People are smart if somewhat unmotivated at times. The competitive electric retail industry in Texas is very challenging and sufficiently complex to keep the work interesting for a short while.

    Cons

    After a time, mobility seems to be unheard of unless you have a well placed sponsor. While they do have a competitive evaluation process, it always boils down to a popularity contest, which somewhat negates the benefits of high performance. Also, this being a large organization, once you are pigeon-holed in a position, it is difficult to change your stars and move around the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to really understand who is bringing value to your organization and concentrate on providing them opportunities for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very enjoyable company to work with, and I was very impressed with the helping hand they gave to other organization.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk in Irving, TX

    I worked at TXU Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Although I was a contractor for them, they made me feel like family.

    Cons

    They work very good with you and your family life, and have several program to help better your self in a variety of different areas through different programs they have setup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work you do for the people that work for you and your commitment you do for the verity of communities and lives you touch.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employer, many opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Irving, TX

    I worked at TXU Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is possible to move around a bit, the company is generally open to training you since the industry (retail electricity) is so small

    Cons

    Small industry so you'll have to be a little creative when trying to leave --> don't focus on your expertise in retail electricity, but you knowledge of retail, marketing, finance, change management, billing... will be the key instead

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to wait it out or start your career, but you won't go very far here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AMP Analyst in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - AMP Analyst in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    TXU has a lot of pep rally type events, and takes its competitive market seriously. The office is in close proximity to DFW airport and there are some fun places nearby to go to lunch.

    Cons

    A very hierarchical, old boys club, frat party culture. If you don't come from a Caucasian, male establishment, you'll have to work twice as hard to be taken seriously. If you speak out, you'll be considered to be aggressive. TXU is a company that will put you in a box and keep you there. The company is full of former executives that are stuck in senior analyst roles. Expect to be grossly underpaid, significantly overworked and ignored if you don't make it into the popular club. There's an excessive amount of middle management.

    More than culturally, TXU's biggest problem is that it shoots for one basket: the Texas market. The culture doesn't allow for the human resources to take on other markets. The focus is too much on the opportunity in the Texas market, and it lacks the creativity, experience and power to branch out into other de-regulated markets. Given the idea that it will be your first and last job, TXU is also full of dinosaurs that won't do things differently. Company values are lip service; there is no open door policy, there's a lot of whining and back stabbing and employees will sacrifice a lot for short term gains. Be ready to throw people under the bus for your survival; it won't do you well if you try to act above that. There's a lot of finger pointing and lack of team work.

    TXU will also try to mandate your personal life. It's a snub if you don't add colleagues to your Facebook; your personal life is expected and judged at work. Your volunteer hours are mandated. You MUST donate to United Way and volunteer on the committees, your community time off is for TXU approved charities. Expect cute white boys to run around calling ethic minority managers "Pancho Villa" after getting promoted; expect them to get promoted. If you're a female, expect to stay quiet when there are men in the room speaking.

    TXU is an "affirmative action" employer that largely puts African Americans and Hispanics into low level positions in the call center. There are a few in higher level positions, but look at proportional amounts and things will change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change culturally among the times. Give minorities and women opportunities. Be more competitive salary-wise. Remember that Texas is not the center of the world. Implement diversity of thought. Stop the big frat party.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company trying to be better

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at TXU Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management genuinely cares about the employees happiness and tries to foster a supportive atmosphere for person growth

    Cons

    Performance based culture is competitive and leaves very little time for other activities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing spectacular

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

    I have been working at TXU Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great people, enjoyable corporate events that are designed to bring the company together

    Cons

    A lot of internal politics, very defined hierarchy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Competitive pay and benefits,

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    The company does a great job of keeping everyone aligned on upcoming news and being up front.

    Cons

    Long hours and if you work for an average manager it can make your life extremely difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tons of focus on professional development, without compensation for additional training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

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

    I worked at TXU Energy

    Pros

    Good pay, Benefits, co-workers, opportunities to grow, transfer or be promoted. Flexible work schedule, low stress and teamwork.

    Cons

    Location, some corporate pleasing instead of telling it like it is, some benefits have been reduced from years past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure people get the tools to do the work and training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't bother apply if you do not know a manager or are White. Tons of favoritism all about.

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

    I worked at TXU Energy (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I don't know. It is very hard to pinpoint why this place was a waste of time.

    Cons

    Too much favoritism
    Not enough diversity
    Promotions go to the whitest or friends of managers
    Do not promote from within, prefer to choose from external candidates before experienced people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. You have managed to run your company into bankruptcy! Keep up the good work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Horrible Company That's the Old Boys' Club and Discourages Any Creative Thinking

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Irving, TX

    I have been working at TXU Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The job is stable, there are some catered company lunches, towel service and a dinky exercise room (no weights, just some old machines).

    Cons

    Management continuously violates employment laws by calling employees during personal time off and/or making them work. Expect to work long grueling hours, not be paid well and be yelled at every day. The company is full of finger pointing and blaming people for not getting work done, instead of working together and actually doing work. Management professes to develop associates but will deny training to those who aren't in the "in" crowd. The company also heavily pressures you to donate and contribute to the United Way, whose CEOs have been found guilty of embezzling funds. The company also has promoted a few minorities into management positions but, as an African American, I can tell you that there is still open discrimination. Management will also hamper your career opportunities and promote their friends. If they don't like you, regardless of your performance review, they will stop you from getting a job on another team. For non-management, senior level management is off limits and managers openly discourage you from

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold managers accountable. Practice open door policies. You're a Texan company - practice Texan values of courtesy and politeness. Get with the 21st century and fire some of the dinosaurs who've lived in the company since before humanity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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