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NRG Energy Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Mauricio Gutierrez
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  • Very stressful environment, work life balance is very low (in 16 reviews)

  • The open office environment is great, but I feel that managers should still be able to get their own office (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Very fun and fast-paced company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, sharp colleagues, and a corporate commitment to sustainability.

    Your contributions are noted (both positive and negative) and people are expected to consistently perform at their best. A great environment if this type of atmosphere appeals to you- there aren't any slackers here.

    Management is generally open to trying new technologies or work processes provided the business benefits make sense and you are willing to take the initiative/ put in the effort to see it through.

    Cons

    Never know how the market is going to react to various corporate decisions, but things appear to be moving in the right direction after a number of shakeups and acquisitions


  2. "too focused on bottom line"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, focused on employee development

    Cons

    sales more important than customer service


  3. "Risk Manager - Property and Loss Control"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Risk Manager - Property &A Loss Control in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Risk Manager - Property &A Loss Control in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Director who supports function. Provides the ability and support to show initiative for new ideas. Good executive management. Good working atmosphere and very friendly people.

    Cons

    As a independent power producer, most power generation plants are coal/oil and need constant upkeep. With regards to current and possible future government regulation, the company should become more active than reactive.

    Advice to Management

    The Risk Management Department should become more involved with the executive decision making process in all areas of the company.


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  5. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to do new things across different areas of the company quickly.

    Cons

    Most sales teams are run by people with zero sales experience and you never know when you will be re - organized or if your business unit will be sold.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the investors happy.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Due to his vision of NRG becoming the leading clean power company in the US, former CEO (David Crane) attracted many highly motivated and talented people
    - Many of them are determined to transform NRG towards a cleaner, more sustainable power company
    - There are a few very good managers, dedicated to mentorship and growth of their teams

    Cons

    - NRG is the opposite of a meritocracy. Promotions are made based on tenor within the company, not on merit.
    - Huge pay discrepancies between individuals with the same experience and title (up to 80%)
    - Lack of diversity. 80% male, 70% white
    - In-transparent hiring decisions
    - Lack of employee empowerment. This leads to a culture where too often the answer to your question is: "I have to ask my manager for approval and will get back to you."
    - Unclear/ undefined growth paths
    - In-transparent decision-making: senior management draws up strategies with little input from teams actually doing the work leading to constant restructuring
    - Different departments/teams operate very siloed from one another leading to a lot of duplication of work and misunderstandings/mistrust

    Advice to Management

    - Stop restructuring without seeking broad input and consensus from your employees
    - Communicate the clean energy vision more clearly to the public to attract more talent; you'll lose folks if you don't make clear that fossil fuels are the past
    - Create transparent hiring and promotion processes; make a serious effort to increase diversity
    - Provide structures/processes that allow people to receive and give feedback on a continuous basis


  7. "IS IT SO"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding with plenty of opportunities

    Cons

    There are changes to operations in every department all the time

    Advice to Management

    Pay more money to employees who take on these changes quite often.


  8. "Constant pressure to sell"

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

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Vrh, bonus, prizes, competitive environment, potlucks. Company has a lot of growth with various departments you can transition to. Also workers in sales tend to be younger.

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations, inexperienced mngmt. High turn over rate you need a lot of drive if you want to stay employed


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant Salary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A few perks considering the stadium and arena bear our name

    Cons

    Stagnant and few opportunities for growth within company

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for growth


  10. "it's all about the accounting"

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    Former Employee - Power Plant Tech in Antioch, CA
    Former Employee - Power Plant Tech in Antioch, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    money was good stock plan was ok, lower management was good people .

    Cons

    you are just a number

    Advice to Management

    Get off your throne and see how your business decisions actual work.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Diverse Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, focus on safety.

    Cons

    Cronyism, old utility unions, focused on entitlements for long term employees of unions and management. New hires pawns used to protect this sanctity. Unstable work environment with low work ethic. Entremely emotional managers who seem to have missed management 101. Landing zone for ejected PSEG employees. Desparately trying to integrate nuclear programs into antique fossil fuel plants with employees at the threshhold of retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Retake Management 101. Try managing through deductive reasoning and logical thinking.


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