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NRG Energy Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  • Good work life balance, challenging projects, collaborative work environment (in 15 reviews)

  • Good pay, safety orianted, great peolpe (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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    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


  2. "IS IT SO"

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    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.

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant Salary"

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unappriciative"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company as a whole has a great structure and processes, for the most part.

    Cons

    They say there is no Nepotism and they make you take a training about it and what to do. But it still exists. No I am not a disgruntled employee, I acquired the postion I applied for, but I see nepotism happen frequently. If upper management has an issue with you or a perception of you, it becomes an issue for you to move ahead, you are micromanaged even as a salary employee. You can work 60+ hrs and it will not be recognized at all.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate those who are willing and wanting to learn, those who are receptive to feedback and be flexible, especially if they are still getting their tasks and more completed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Time of transition"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, good work life balance, beautiful new building to work from in Princeton

    Cons

    Industry headwinds, challenge with execution, and lack of transparency from senior leaders


  7. "Good atmosphere but low pay"

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    Former Employee - Energy Trader in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Energy Trader in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome location downtown. Everyone is pretty nice and the work culture is good.

    Cons

    Pay is well below market (or was while I was there). Benefits are OK but nothing extraordinary.

    Advice to Management

    Do right by your high performers and they will stay.

  8. "Great Department to Get Foot in Door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time

    Pros

    Credit Operations Division: Only Good to get your foot in the door

    Cons

    Advancement is very slow, open-office environment only makes everyone create mental walls.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NRG Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good bonus, good benefits. People were good to work with and for. Safety for employees was very important. The culture was "Safety before production" and "Environment before production"

    Cons

    No medical benefits when you retire or leave company. No acknowledgement for going above and beyond you job description. Not much communication between upper management and middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Need to give out bonuses based on individual performance. Every year bonuses were paid out the same, didn't matter if you were an over achiever or a slacker.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Solar Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Solar Specialist in Fairhaven, MA
    Former Employee - Solar Specialist in Fairhaven, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great base salary, flexible hours, 5 day work week

    Cons

    Reps are required to stand in home depots/best buys/aubuchon hard ware stores and solicit leads from people walking in. Leads are very light and the minimum sales required to stay employed are relatively unrealistic.


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