NRG Energy Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
77 Reviews
3.2
77 Reviews
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NRG Energy President, CEO, and Director David W. Crane
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53 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.  

    Great place to work as a consultant

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 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
  2.  

    NRG

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Nickname for the Company was "Not Real Good".

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Stressful

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  6.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Interesting Option

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    The pay will make you stay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nrg Home Solar in Sea Girt, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Nrg Home Solar in Sea Girt, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Awful training and awful upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None they'd never listen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Coal is Dead

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

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