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Updated March 31, 2017
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  • It will take months before things get through upper management (in 4 reviews)

  • There have been a number of lay offs in the past 6 months (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work Until Bankruptcy and Restructuring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance. Salary, Safety Culture, Bonuses, Great environment.

    Cons

    Bankruptcy and ultimate restructuring with current market conditions required approximately 50% layoff of staff. This was across the board cuts in all corporate support areas. This was necessary for the company to recover from bankruptcy. Unfortunately this is just the way it is in the business.

    Advice to Management

    If an opportunity becomes available in the future in recovery from bankruptcy, rehire if possible people that made the organization a great place to work.


  2. "HR Business Partner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Luminant full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, people, benefits

    Cons

    Working in the energy industry, jobs are affected too much by outside factors


  3. "Good environment, but bad economy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fairfield, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fairfield, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My first job out of college as a young engineer. Very experienced work force, highly willing to help the little fish.

    Cons

    Coal is just in a bad place right now, no matter what company you're in, so budgets were low. And although the workforce was supportive and helpful, there weren't a lot of training/education opportunities to improve yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with workers about the outlook of the company. Prior to emergence from bankruptcy, management always tried to portray an optimistic view, and then as soon as the company had new owners, huge cuts were made to the workforce, making management seem non-genuine.


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  5. "A great company to work for, once upon a time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salaries pay above the market, for the most part. Hours are reasonable. Job roles tend to be well defined. Tuition reimbursement available. The corporate office is in downtown Dallas, with access to public transportation. The severance from the layoff was generous.

    Cons

    After exiting bankruptcy, the company underwent massive layoffs in 2016. Hundreds of jobs were cut in: engineering, accounting, IT, HR, environmental, safety, etc. Medical benefits for 2017 were reduced and below industry average for company's contribution to the plans. Morale was very low with the constant threat of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    To increase company morale, employees need to feel a since of security in their jobs. Most of the information about impending layoffs came from rumors, rather than credible sources. Honesty with employees about the upcoming layoffs is better than nonstop speculation through the rumor mill.


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    "Luminant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company has been around a long time, lots of folks have worked here for 40 years, although it has changed drastically in the past 5-6 years. They pay good salaries, and bonuses are paid well.

    Cons

    The company just emerged from Bankruptcy, the business has been in a downward spiral, just went thru massive layoffs, and the work remaining is being divided among the remaining employees with no vision of how to do work with significantly less people. Benefits have gotten reduced and more expensive each year also. Old school mindset around work locations, remote, telecommute, meetings, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on meetings and town halls, and actually work with employees to make the workplace a better environment instead of just talking about it and not changing anything


  7. "Sr. Operations Technology Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Luminant owns and operates power plants (nuclear, lignite, gas) across Texas and is headquartered in downtown Dallas. The work is diverse and exciting, fast paced and rewarding. The people are outstanding and working with power plant personnel to solve field related issues was challenging and fun.

    Cons

    Commuting into downtown Dallas is always a challenge, especially if you don't have access to commuter rail, express bus, or other public transportation. The lack of flex-time either 9/80 or 4/10 schedules and the lack of home office opportunities makes the commute mandatory and time consuming. Low power prices and bankruptcy pressures have put strains on the company's staffing levels, recent layoffs should help to stabilize employment for those that remain.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider flexible work schedules that allow people to regularly schedule work from home and or use other schedules that increase the work/life balance i.e. 9/80 or 4/10 schedules.


  8. "Good Company but after buy-out Overworked and Overwhelmed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Mining organization with the past executives/management was a fair and good place to work at. Flexible, good pay, communication open, benefits and bonus great.

    Cons

    Current change with new company, overworked with RIF, communication very slim, management and workers are feeling lost. Not sure of future.


  9. "sr manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager P&A in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager P&A in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Luminant (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great employees - long history of being a great company. loyalty was valued by leaders and you were encouraged to be creative

    Cons

    Executive Management you are just a number - no work life balance. Any longer there's no real concern for employees. Fossil Leadership at the highest level is total hypocritical. will stand in front of employees on how much care there is and behind you back gut you like a fish

    Advice to Management

    get rid of old school managers that tell the executives what they want to hear


  10. "Environmental Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Pleasant, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Pleasant, TX

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

    Pros

    Very good place for employment

    Cons

    To many meeting with no resolutions

    Advice to Management

    More vacation or flex days.


  11. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Diversity of projects.
    * Work/life balance.
    * Bonuses.
    * Pay.
    * Good management for the most part.
    * Good people to work with.
    * Other than outage season and support for emergent issues, work hours are for the most part M-F 8 to 9 hours per day.

    Cons

    * Limited opportunities as the industry and company face immense challenges. However, this may change as depending on how the industry and company move forward after bankruptcy.
    * If you desire more design than project management an engineering firm would be more appropriate.


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