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Updated January 15, 2018
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  1. "Good and organized job application. They paid for flight and lodging."

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

    Pros

    Organized and detailed. Good and organized job application. They paid for flight and lodging.

    Cons

    None. This is a well organized company that seeks top talent. May need to be more open to out of state talent.

    Advice to Management

    Consider out of state candidates


  2. "Fake R&D"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NYSERDA full-time

    Pros

    Older generation individual contributors are great to work with. New generation has no clue about energy and engineering.

    Cons

    It is FAKE R&D. NYSERDA does not do any R&D. Somehow it collects 1 billion dollars of taxpayers money every year and Governor's women/men decide where that money is spent. It is mostly spent in giving incentives. Someone should look into this money channel. As if New Yorkers are not paying enough in taxes.

    Advice to Management

    Do we need NYSERDA? Why not save 1 billion dollars per year of taxpayers money? There is no Research and Development.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Project Coordinator - Temporary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is a very collaborative workplace where people go out of their way to let you know when you've done a good job. A true "family" atmosphere.

    Cons

    The programs tend to utilize temporary staff and hire from within. There are disadvantages to being a temp (no PTO, Vacation days etc.)


  4. "Regional Outreach"

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    Former Employee - Regional Outreach in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Regional Outreach in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great cause, supports the environment and the decrease of GHG. Involvement with higher level projects is interesting. Helping people of all demographics and helping to eliminate pollution for future generations is rewarding.

    Cons

    Programs change rapidly. Projects get interested in a program, and because the timing is not right, the program gets cut and the customer cannot make the project work without the funding. Programs can often be under utilized. Customers do not appreciate having programs and personnel changing constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep some consistency.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "In Transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    * Interesting challenges, smart people, important mission, chance to make a difference
    * New senior management cares about the best ideas and is making NYSERDA a more interesting place to work for people who want to work hard for the mission
    * New emphasis on the cutting edge of clean energy
    * Dynamic teams and hard work

    Cons

    * Part of government, limited salary
    * Not everyone, especially some managers, are on board with the new program
    * Some good people have not been promoted but this is starting to change
    * New strategy in flux and needs regulatory approval

    Advice to Management

    * Keep up the new changes
    * Recognize that all teams have a lot of work to do, and that many teams have a small number of people truly carrying the workload


  6. "decent benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  7. "NYSERDA Graduate Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment, motivated, proactive and open-minded people

    Cons

    Company is currently undergoing transitions in work-flows and company structure

  8. "Good work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is organized, we have specific tasks and there is little confusion. Make sure you are motivated willing to work and you will thrive.

    Cons

    Lots of downtime and boredom in the beginning when not given much direction.

    Advice to Management

    For interns, (which I was) prepare a list of tasks that are needed in order to be successful and help out as much as possible.


  9. "A mixed bag, unique opportunities & bureauratic"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good time off and flexable work and vacation schedules. Low work stress & very few deadlines. time for professional development. Some interesting projects.

    Cons

    Poor management, hubris and passive aggressive. Sucess is not defined at both the personal or program level. A culture of mediocrity with little room for input into work assignments. All about the individual, no team work.

    Advice to Management

    continue with change initiatives


  10. "Working at NYSER"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great development opportunities, but you have to seek them out.

    Cons

    Too top heavy in management.

    Advice to Management

    Provide each employee with opportunities that stretch the employee.


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