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NRECA Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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  • Too many politics and senior management needs to prioritize and understand what is happening across the board (in 7 reviews)

  • Salary and hiring freeze, limited career advancement opportunities (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great work and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRECA full-time

    Pros

    The work is rewarding, varied, and rather interesting.

    Cons

    The cons are minimal but it can be slow to implement change

    Advice to Management

    keep looking for ways to advance careers and benefits


  2. "system enginner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at NRECA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good, partners, respnsability. communication skills

    Cons

    the latger is the company the easier is to loose the job


  3. "Finance Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the people, nice work environment, great location

    Cons

    seems to be a lot of employee turnover recently


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  5. "good"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NRECA (More than a year)

    Pros

    good area and challenging work

    Cons

    low pay and no time off as a contractor

    Advice to Management

    trust employees and micromanage less


  6. "not applicable"

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    Former Employee - Senior Investment and Retirement Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Investment and Retirement Specialist in Arlington, VA

    I worked at NRECA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very nice work and life balance

    Cons

    Not much career growth and management is not very helpful


  7. "Experience at NRECA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - A worthy mission
    - Good environment

    Cons

    - Can be slow moving - but that is changing slowly
    - Can be full of silos
    - Some teams do not have enough worker bees and too many decision makers
    - Doesn't feel modern or quite up to speed, despite the company's efforts
    - Does possess many "lifers" which can be a good and bad thing
    - HR moves very slow

    Advice to Management

    Retain new talent instead of seeing them go as there always seems to be an influx of managers here and not enough people to manage.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company, Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annandale, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annandale, MN

    I worked at NRECA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, great location, strong value prop

    Cons

    Management is not committed to employee success, threatening work environment

    Advice to Management

    Get managers who have experience at management and are able to grow people.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Oversold"

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    Current Employee - Senior Contract Representative in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Contract Representative in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NRECA (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are nice and the work is interesting

    Cons

    My manager is extremely difficult to work for-she doesn't communicate and changes direction.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A great place to be if you embrace the mission and membership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NRECA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cooperatives are a different breed of business, and the electric cooperative network is an extremely tight-knit community. To get the most out of working here, you need to embrace it as a way of life. Working with the membership is the best part of the job. Many employees here forge lifelong friendships with coworkers and members.

    It's also such an important and worthy mission. We work to promote innovation and reliability in the electricity industry and keep energy affordable for millions of Americans. Many of the communities served by co-ops are among the most economically vulnerable parts of the country, so it also feels good to know you're fighting for communities that are often overlooked.

    If you haven't worked for a cooperative before, it's a pretty awesome experience. It's a totally different mindset. We're not working to make some hedge fund manager a pile of money. NRECA is owned by the cooperatives it represents, which, in turn, are owned by energy consumers in rural communities across the United States.

    Beyond all that feel-good stuff, the compensation is competitive and the benefits are outstanding. My slice of the org chart has excellent management, which I'm sure also helps.

    Cons

    Because it's a not-for-profit cooperative, there are no year-end performance or profit sharing bonuses.

    The co-op culture can cut both ways. It is fantastic if you embrace it. But if you're just looking for a job where you punch the clock and collect a paycheck without engaging with the people you serve, I doubt you'd be happy here. You can probably fake it for a while, but it would reflected in your work and eventually catch up to you.

    Like any organization, there are the minor day-to-day frustrations: silos between departments, meetings that aren't necessary, colleagues who aren't as invested, etc. But they're truly minor issues one expects when being a grown up in the workplace. The culture here is so much better than any other place I've worked.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to help every employee understand how his or her job contributes to the bigger mission. For employees who interact with members every day, it is easy to see the connection. For those who don't, it can be more of a challenge.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Some Don't Know How Good They've Got It!"

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    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NRECA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I feel NRECA is truly committed to employee recognition and development. The number of people who left NRECA only to come back later is testament to how good it is here compared to other similar organizations.

    If you want to work for a great cause, and be compensated fairly, this is a great place. If all you want is big money and a title, go somewhere else.

    Cons

    A couple of the senior leaders need to go but the management is no worse than any other organization.

    Advice to Management

    Hold all senior management accountable. I've seen some progress here but more needs to be done.


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