Electric Reliability Council of Texas Employee Reviews

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The perfect place to work if you're a pedantic, administrator-type.
Data Architect (Former Employee) –  Taylor/Bastrop/AustinJanuary 13, 2015
There are two types of jobs at ERCOT:

1. Production jobs that affect Market Participants. In this first category are all job duties that ensure the reliability of the energy grid. Everything from monitoring said grid, to putting out extracts for external download, troubleshooting outside support requests, etc.

2. Jobs that affect internal ERCOT employees. In this category are what I would call unnecessary jobs. These include directors, managers, project managers (really, anything with manager in the title), and business analysts/specialists. Business analysts at ERCOT don't actually do any spreadsheet or analytical work, instead they just gather project requirements and deliver them to other departments. It's something right out of "Office Space".

Anyway, the problem with ERCOT, is that the majority of positions fall into the second category and are non-essential. This means that even if a prospective position is in category one, you will be constantly hounded and interrupted by the category two people when you're trying to do actual work.

So if you are someone who likes to get things done, without a lot of unnecessary bureaucratic nonsense, then ERCOT is not for you. If, on the other hand, you're an individual who likes sitting through hours of useless meetings and emails about a topic that is maybe fifteen minutes of actual work, then you will love it!
Pros
good benefits and career track for people who like to waste time, but contribute nothing.
Cons
an absolute nightmare place to work if you actually like to produce.
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Enjoyable workplace with caring employees
CREDIT ADMINISTRATION INTERN (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 7, 2013
The past two summers I have interned with ERCOT have been very enjoyable. The team has been very helpful and trained me in all aspects of credit analysis. On a typical day, I monitor the exposure of the market participants in the ERCOT market as well as process collateral. I also prepare annual credit report for the market participants and determine their unsecured line of credit. The hardest part of the job has been learning about the energy industry and the credit calculations to determine each market participants exposure. The most enjoyable part of my internship has been working with my team and making a contribution to the department and the company.
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Very poor management
Finance (Former Employee) –  Taylor, TXNovember 10, 2013
This is not a company that is well managed. It's a quasi-government organization. A few years ago, it was in the news because a group of senior managers stole millions of dollars from ERCOT and went to jail. Unfortunately the management has not improved much, despite the constant turnover. Or perhaps because of it.

There was one female manager, who is still there, who discriminates against men and minorities. It's something that everyone in the company knows, but no one does anything about. That's the kind of management this company has.
Pros
compensation is competitive
Cons
quasi-government
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Does an excellent job of operating the electic grid in Texas
Executive Director (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMarch 30, 2012
ERCOT has grown from a small Board representing large utility companies to a multi steakholder organization of over 600 employees and many more steakholder reps that governs electrical operations in 75% of Texas and provides guidance to the State government to govern the growth and robustness of the electric market in Texas. It doesn an outstanding job.
Pros
excellent work environment
Cons
sometimes influenced by politics
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