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NRG Energy Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • 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. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "Takes care of employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NRG Energy part-time

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, health Care, vacation,sick time,

    Cons

    Seems like a lots of unneeded upper management


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not what they seem"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Annual Bonus. Allows for a flexible schedule and office is casual. Jeans everyday.

    Cons

    Not what they seem. Management shady. You could say something and it will be used against you even if it's hear say. People aren't nice they are very insecure and will do anything to undermine you and make you look bad. I would not recommend working here to anyone who has worked in other corporate environments. The NE region is the worst.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house in the NE. Most of the people who have been there longer than 3 years probably need to go. They are making it hard for you to be successful if they cause all of the fresh talent you hire to leave quickly.


  7. 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

  8. "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.


  9. "Industry leading IPP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the largest IPPs in the US, with a diverse portfolio of generating assets. Great company to work for to learn energy generation since NRG covers the entire value chain from development to O&M / Asset Management.

    Cons

    Large company and ideas and innovations tend to get lost in the numbers, and pressure from Wall Street.

    Advice to Management

    Energy innovation, developing disruptive energy solutions, and CSR while maintaining profitability and investor expectations are not mutually exclusive.


  10. 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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