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NRG Energy Reviews

Updated 10 November 2014
Updated 10 November 2014
81 Reviews
3.1
81 Reviews
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NRG Energy President, CEO, and Director David W. Crane
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56 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.  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Top management pretty clear about what the company's vision is, and what they expect. Very good compensation & benefits package. Plenty of opportunities if you're in the right field.

    Cons

    Continuous blending of cultures and revision of procedures & processes from multiple on-going mergers. Still trying to find the right balance of centralized vs. distributed staff functions. Central staff for HR & IT have been particularly hit by mergers and can seem jaded (overwhelmed?) about supporting issues in field locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a pause from all the changes and analyze where the people outside of HQ & the centralized offices are having to deal with inefficient processes, and work at improving those.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nickname for the Company was "Not Real Good".

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive. Plant personnel are great.

    Cons

    When this company bought us out, there were immediate reduction in our benefits, vacation days, etc. All major decisions are made by the CEO. Corporate personnel are hard to work with, if they even try to work with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot make decision at the plant level, from a corporate office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing career opportunities, Appalling monetary recognition...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great environment, if you are in the right team. Very downtown location. continual development and training opportunities. Second to none expertise in the field.

    Cons

    Very poor payment policy. Benefits are dwindling year over year. No priority to promote from within. Life / work balance mostly always tips towards WORK! Hiring has been put on a hold for the past 2 years and work has had to be shared with little to no recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand by your employees and they will deliver astonishing results. It is borderline insulting to see EBITDA in the Billions and people not having a decent raise or bonus in the last 5 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    No advancement opportunity, no work life balance

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary, not too bad in the industry, decent bonus rate, but Princeton is high living cost area though.
    Free lunch in princeton office

    Cons

    No work life balance, a lot of overtime, but no reward. On call even after at home for emails stuff.
    No room to growth, they tend to hire external people for senior position while ignore the promotion of current employees.
    Benefit is mediocre at best, shabby medical insurance.
    I don't like the open office floor, I think it is a distraction, why can't they get a decent office for HQ?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more money on the workforce, feel somehow cheap in a lot of things, right now there is really nothing good except the free lunch.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work as a consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ (US)

    I have been working at NRG Energy as a contractor

    Pros

    Your advise and opinions are highly regarded and most employees were good to work with.

    Cons

    politically charged environment for employees due to mergers and integration of new companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of the insecurities and concerns of the employees during transition periods.

    Recommends
  7.  

    NRG

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    Current Employee - Junior Recruiter in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Junior Recruiter in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    EVERYTHING IS SO AWESOME HERE!!! I love my job and the work place atmosphere is awesome. Plus there are alot of perks.

    Cons

    There are no cons. NRG is awesome and I love working here. It is hard to find an emplyer like this one but i am so glad i did!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benifits and a perm. job

    Cons

    Not enough people to do the job. Long hours. Not paid OT. Low pay and low raisies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    The company promotes based upon who you know and who you kiss up to.

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    Current Employee - Customer Support/Market Relations Specialist in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Support/Market Relations Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty decent. The company is stable in the market.

    Cons

    It is hard to move up if you are not willing to play the big boy system. The company rather promote those who they consider "flexible". Which is really the person who will do whatever it takes to get to the top. Layoffs occur very often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show employees the value that you want them to exhibit to your customer base. Promote career development throughout the entire organization and start listening to the employees voice. Attrition can be reduced and the company can be better positioned if upper management would lend a listening ear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting Option

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable and dedicated people. Competitive compensation. Nice company perks.

    Cons

    Aging IT infrastructure, understaffed and overworked employees, complicated internal procedures and systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade IT infrastructure. Streamline administrative procedures. Hire more people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Larkspur, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Larkspur, CA (US)

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time (more than an 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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