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Houston, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
1984
Company - Public (CPN)
Energy
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Unknown

Working at Calpine

Calpine Corporation is America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. Our fleet of 80 power plants in operation or under construction represents nearly 26,000 megawatts of generation capacity. Through wholesale power operations ... Read more

Calpine Reviews

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  • "Good Pay, Not Very Good Company Culture"

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

    Pros

    The pay is good relative to the market, benefits are solid.

    Cons

    It's really not a terrible place to work, but company culture I think could use some CPR. I came here from a small company, 30ish people, and the culture here is very stiff. I get that it's a big energy company, but when you walk around and no one says hello, it's an issue. Of course that's not everyone. But I was once in the elevator with a director, and when I told him good morning, he completely ignored me... and I wasn't even slightly surprised by that interaction.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, it's not a bad place to work. A drastic culture change (and maybe some fun) would give this place some life.

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Calpine Photos

Calpine photo of: Knight Ridder Building, where offices are located
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Calpine Interviews

Experience

Experience
66%
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Getting an Interview

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    Maintenance Technician Interview

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    Interview

    Standard process...apply online, get an interview and wait. Very relaxed interview and plant tour. However, my main complaint was the communication process. Was told it would take 3-4 weeks to hear if I had an offer. Asked for updates at week 3 or 4 from corporate HR and was getting blown off by HR woman. Emailed corporate HR again at week 6 asking for an update. 2 hours later I have a generic 'thanks but no thanks' rejection email in my inbox. Maybe I'm old school but I expected to get a phone call or, at the very least, a personalized email. I feel it is very impersonal to send rejection emails like that.

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Company Updates

  • THAD HILL and Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) announced on October 13, 2015 that the company has agreed to acquire the Granite Ridge Energy Center from Granite Ridge Holdings. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIpNS

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Calpine Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009

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