NRG Energy Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
70 Reviews

3.0
70 Reviews
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NRG Energy President, CEO, and Director David W. Crane
David W. Crane
47 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay in easy job environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people to work with especially in Reliant part of the business (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • It really comes down to one thing ---- Zero work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior Management does not have a good strategy for the company (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    very good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at NRG Energy

    Pros

    money is good benefits are ok

    Cons

    coal plant.. government trying to close us down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none management is pretty good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty good (for Corporate America)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I believe this company is poised to be the "google" of energy in the future. Management (in general) treats employees well and provides opprotunities for growth and development. Employees are generally very knowledgable and talented within their fields. Pay seems good for the energy industry.

    Cons

    As with any huge company, it seems that sometimes the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. Also, the hours can be greuling at times. While most managers are good, as with any large company, there are managers who are not so good. Lots of M&A activity, which could be good or bad, depending on whether you like that type of environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If this company is going to be the "Google" of energy in the future (and I believe we can), Human Resources MUST improve and change drastically. Many feel that business partners are more focused on telling the business what can't be done rather than working together to create a path to success. Development opportunities are lacking- there is no retention strategy to speak of, and HR in general feels very much part of the "corporate machine" rather than a partner with the business. Take a page from some of the other companies you emulate and then re-vamp your entire HR strategy and team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    NRG has most of the ingredients of a great company, so it is baffling why they can't execute better in solar.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Larkspur, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Larkspur, CA (US)

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart team with great credit and banking relationships. CEO appears passionate about solar energy and electric vehicles.

    Cons

    Mid-level executives saddle solar with unrealistic return expectations, and price themselves out of the market.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Coal is Dead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Big company with lots of mobility (as long as you like Texas)

    Cons

    Lousy (I mean lousy), medical benefits. Sub par 401K match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the fossil plants (half of your portfolio) like an underclass

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Strict and Structured

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is a large company with a variety of different roles to be fulfilled and it operates in many States around the country. The pay is probably on par with most publicly-traded energy providers. If the Fortune 500 environment is for you, then this might be a good place to work.

    Cons

    It is too large of a company, with little regard for employees. There is a culture of micromanagement. It has a very corporate structure, with changes that seem to be constant and always for the worse. NRG is growing the business too fast for things to be done properly, so many substandard projects are rolled out before they should be. Management seems to be focused on purchasing as much of the competition as they can, instead of trying to build a better alternative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solar Technician IV  in  Nipton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Solar Technician IV in Nipton, CA (US)

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Safe, secure, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Long drive to location but this is common with most power plants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company is always looking for growth opportunities, which allows for good career opportunities for those that want to step up and take on additional responsibilities. I found there to be great work/life balance as project deadlines always seemed reasonable to me and didn't require regular work after normal business hours. In general the employees seemed satisfied and the management and co-workers were mostly pleasant to interact with. Total compensation and benefits always felt fair and maybe a touch above industry norms.

    Cons

    There always seemed to be a new re-org. I would have preferred there to be more training opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent place to work, but many obstacles

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Princeton, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ (US)

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Good co-workers
    Free lunch in Princeton office

    Cons

    No organization charts
    Constantly acquiring other companies
    Frequent change
    Little management support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Poor Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Pros

    Casual Work Environment
    WELL KNOWN to provide excellent base level training to be recruited by another firm

    Cons

    Low compensation.
    Almost no room for advancement.
    Focus on solar energy without a need (standard generation is cheaper)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    NRG Energy is a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Safety Manager - MANE  in  Montville, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Regional Safety Manager - MANE in Montville, CT (US)

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good working environment with plant personnel, people are dedicated to doing an excellent job. Management knows the direction of the environment and is involved. I miss the people who made the job a real pleasure.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to get all plants on the same page across the US. People in other parts of the US sometimes have the right answers and the learning curve isnt that steep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye towards the future

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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