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Calpine Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  • Work/life balance could be a bit of a challenge (in 8 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. Helpful (2)

    "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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Worse and worse"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Most people are nice. There are some nice discounts available. Knowing that you work for a company that produces a smaller carbon footprint is a food feeling.

    Cons

    1. Promotions are not based on performance-you could achieve all your goals and then some but be rated mediocre. It is very subjective.

    2. Opportunities are usually not for internal employees.

    3. You are expected to go beyond your job description, leading to reasons that may affect your performance.

    4. It used to be a company with pride but now it feels like a factory. Do what you are told whether it's right or wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the favoritism


  3. "Senior Accountant Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Calpine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good medical benefits, good wellness program

    Cons

    Poor work environment, evaluation based on ranking,

    Advice to Management

    Managers don't speak to the workers until they want something


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Calpine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, has some real good people (mostly low level, but a few middle managers as well)

    Cons

    Where do I even start???

    1 - This place does not care about the employees at all! There is no loyalty to hard-working people who have been dedicated employees. We've had more surprise layoffs in the last 18 months then we have had all-hands meetings (and seeing as how they love to stroke their egos, we have a lot of all hands meetings so that is saying something.

    2 - They put unqualified and undeserving people in positions of power because they are either "yes men/women", or, to be blunt, are too incompetent to know better. They took a guy and put him in a Senior Director role even though many people advised against it because of what a poor job he did in his last role!

    3 - Executive management is a joke. Jack Fusco leaving and turning the company over to Thad Hill was the worst mistake Calpine has had to endure, and it is because of his poor leadership that this company is in the state that it is in. He has driven Calpine away from its core business (IPP) and is getting waist deep into retail, while the money makers (the plants) pay the price for it.

    4 - The executive rotation program is just pathetic. The CAO has very effectively, efficiently, and expeditiously ran HR and IT/IS into the ground! Going back to being unqualified, she has no idea what she is doing, and it shows in the morale and culture of every department and person she manages.

    5 - Instead of promoting good employees who are qualified, they like to throw salt on your wounds by allowing you to apply and then hiring external candidates...THAT YOU THEN HAVE TO HELP TRAIN.

    6 - They refuse to allow mid level managers to do their job. Several of my former managers apologized to me during my reviews - each of them claimed that when they submitted my reviews to HR, they were kicked back and told to lower my rating because it was too high.

    7 - They like to put things on paper to make themselves look good but you find that it takes a lot of "pencil-whipping" and bad behavior to get it done. The constraints at the plant level on meeting forecast every month is beyond ridiculous. For fear of retaliation or punishment, a lot of plants will hold or push transactions, or make a receipt early just to show they were within variance.

    8 - If you want to be successful, just be an executive pet that does whatever they are told. That's how the head of supply chain, IT, and one of the new leaders in asset management got their gigs.

    If you're reading this thinking this person is fired up, you would be right. This USED to be an amazing place to work...and the unqualified fools sitting atop the ivory tower have been very strategic in destroying it.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the head off the snake!


  6. Helpful (4)

    "What a Circus"

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    Former Employee - Anon in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anon in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, some of the people (non management). I really can't think of anything else. Not the Calpine it used to be since management shuffles in 2012 and 2015.

    Cons

    The executive team and management team is a joke. The CAO has no experience in HR and IT, and as result her entire organization has major morale issues. You are treated as disposable unless you are an Executive pet, and to become a pet you have to be a "yes" man. The leadership team only wants to hear good and nothing that is actually going on. If you make the mistake of speaking the truth, be prepared to be retaliated against. By your manager, their manager, and HR. They expect you to work endless hours, but don't give you the tools or resources to be successful. The executive team leads by fear, and is driving the company in the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Wipe the executive team clean and try again.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "NOT LOYAL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "No direction for management"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Calp"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (6)

    "not employee friendly"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Calpine (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The overall atmosphere of the office is very cool. They provide some great benefits for employees, even interns. The people who work there are very nice and helpful for the most part. I had a very positive experience working there.

    Cons

    Sometimes things can get a little cutthroat from what I hear. They seem to let people go on a whim sometimes, which would make me nervous about working there after college.

    Advice to Management

    I think there should be more transparency throughout the company, so that everyone can really get to know each other. Maybe there should be some interaction between departments.


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