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Calpine Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  • You are expected to work very long hours and forgo any sort of work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Plant staff has to commute over an hour at the minimum to work, because no one can afford to life close to the plants (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Accounting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calpine full-time

    Pros

    Great set of people to work with

    Cons

    Worked too many hours for what we had to do.


  2. "NOT LOYAL"

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    Current Employee - Management in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Management in Houston, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Calpine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great and some of middle management are great.

    Cons

    No loyalty to their hard working employees. If one of the bosses pets say something it is considered to be accurate and HR believes whatever the plant manager or VP says without even getting the other side of the story.

    Advice to Management

    Totally redo your HR department. One of the reps is so busy bragging about herself and telling her life story it is evident she could care less about the employees.
    They promised to place the employees at Clear Lake and that was an outright lie.
    There were some very hard working employees there but sinice they did bend to the " RULE BY FEAR' mentality they were replaced.


  3. "Broken System"

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    Former Employee - I&C Technician
    Former Employee - I&C Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Calpine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company for starting into power industry
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Lots of lip service and broken promises.
    Promotion of unqualified individuals
    Terrible communication
    Preach safety unless it comes down to $$ then it becomes "just do it"
    Budget is over emphasized causing necessary upgrades and projects to fall by the way side. Sometimes you need to spend some money to fix something!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "No direction for management"

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    Former Employee - Tech III in Hermiston, OR
    Former Employee - Tech III in Hermiston, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Calpine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent wage and a great entry job into power production.

    Cons

    Poorly trained managers so don't expect any team development.Lip service to ethics and safety when when they directly conflict with money.The say they promote from within but it is clearly more lip service as they hire from outside.Increasing medical costs and lowering raises...figure it out.

    Advice to Management

    Your job does not end with the budget and scheduling.Learn to be concerned about your team members or at least act like you are. The truth is a bedrock for any team....find out what that is.


  6. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Medium size , opportunity to get involved in many things. Good benefits and pay. Involved in community. Strong financial stewardship

    Cons

    Less flexible than the Calpine of old. Innovation and reliance on technology can be improved. Has had some turnover issues in some departments


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Industry Leader?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good. They pay is OK.

    Cons

    Terrible Management and zero communication

    Advice to Management

    Communicate!


  8. "Calp"

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    Former Employee - Operator 111 in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Operator 111 in Baytown, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Calpine (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Great place to work for.

    Cons

    No advancement. There is no room to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Hired ex employees


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Componay Overview from Former Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, ease of hire

    Cons

    Company doesnt care about employee concerns from Director to HR. Al they want to do is waste money, add work that adds no value, create paperwork that wastes time, alot of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Do something about employee complaints, they make you money


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Calpine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calpine (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great rewards for hard work and producing results

    Cons

    Delays for temps to become permanent,


  11. Helpful (5)

    "not employee friendly"

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    Current Employee - Tech III in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Tech III in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Calpine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    some managers are great to work for and care about employee concerns and situations

    Cons

    company does nothing with problem mangers reguardless of how many times they have been reported to HR, they seem to value those mangers more

    Advice to Management

    If a manger has been reproted to HR several times he has problems plus he causing the emploee's to care less about the company and thier work.



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