NRG Energy Reviews

Updated 18 April 2015
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NRG Energy President, CEO, and Director David W. Crane
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Pros
  • Good pay in easy job environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Benefits package is above average and the ability to further develop industry insights is reasonably well promoted (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Do not work here if you have children, there is no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • No work life balance, a lot of overtime, but no reward (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    product manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    fun, innovative, creative, energy, and positive

    Cons

    lot of work, silos, bad employee retention

  2. Need to Refocus Groups in IT.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRG Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of IT projects at an application level

    Cons

    IT Architecture is not co-ordinated. Two IT departments, Plant and Corporate going in different directions on hardware.

    Advice to Management

    Virtualize servers as much as you can and bring in some outside consultancy to do it correctly. Build ONE IT hardware model and ONE Infrastructure team, not two.

  3. Great job good atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRG Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good job growth

    Cons

    Not many if any i say

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  5. Control Room Operator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Power Plant Operator in Dover, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Power Plant Operator in Dover, DE (US)

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, learned a lot about power generation, great benefits.

    Cons

    Management at the local level is not very good, unprofessional, multiple conflicts of interest, nepotism, etc.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the upper management is to do a better job hiring their local management.

  6. It was good until the company encountered consumption pains

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is not afraid to embrace new technology but has some old entrenched mind sets that will hamper some areas. Since energy is necessary for our civilization working for an energy company is useful and beneficial. Some of the technology that is adopted is near cutting edge and is ground breaking in it's use, but it is sometimes behind the scenes so the public is not aware of it.

    Cons

    NRG Energy was initially a wholesale power distributor that provided power to other power distributors or large industrial customers, with no contact with retail customers. After buying Reliant Energy, they suddenly had thousands of employees in a non-power plant environment and thousands of retail customers and they were not used to this. It took a while for the company to integrate the new employees into their environment. NRG was one of the few companies that I know of that did not have a internal web site set up to allow employees to access company benefits and information like looking up W2, emergency contact information, etc. They did not have a retail oriented mindset and it took them a while to become more consumer oriented.

    Advice to Management

    Validate the technology and the people wielding it to insure that the company is getting the best use of it's efforts.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Big company with lots of opportunities, but not necessarily in every department.

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

    I have been working at NRG Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    NRG truly cares about the well-being of their employees. For example, when inclement weather hit Houston in 2014, they told employees to stay off the roads and work from home wherever possible. Many other companies in downtown did not.
    PTO is relatively generous and flexible.
    Management does not discount advice from those working for them. They actually listen.

    Cons

    Just the regular corporate stuff. Office politics are rampant. HR constraints may be frustrating when it comes to when raises or promotions can be considered.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to strive to be an industry leader to provide an outstanding customer experience. And, keep listening and looking for ways to improve employee experience.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Company with Excellent Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant II in Princeton, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Accountant II in Princeton, NJ (US)

    I have been working at NRG Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Open work environment (no offices) helps with collaboration.
    -Free lunch everyday in Princeton office
    -Excellent Bonus
    -not long hours (depends on which group)
    -great atmosphere and driven leadership

    Cons

    -princeton is expensive place to live, but salaries are much higher here than elsewhere

  9. i really liked it here

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Pros

    it was super engaging and fun

    Cons

    its hot in houston and that sucks

  10. Cutting edge power company defining Green technology

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    • 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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Forward thinking company defining Green Energy as a disruptive market force

    Cons

    Top heavy with a very dated infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    High tech begins with a solid, unified infrastructure

  11. Good company and great staff

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRG Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people I worked with were smart, fair and hard workers. Company is moving quickly so there are other opportunities available.

    Cons

    Frenetic pace and lack of adherence to SOPs. Open office environment makes it very difficult to concentrate on the task at hand.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going with the vision but know that the pace is not sustainable. Get IT back on track with enough staff to support ITIL/SOPs and quality roll outs.

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