Power Plant Mechanic/Maintenance Tech IV (Former Employee) – Middletown, CA – November 5, 2018
Working in the geothermal industry is challenging and rewarding as no two days will be alike. I started at an entry level position and worked my way up to a journeyman mechanic. We had some great management teams. The job was physically and mentally challenging but it was always fun working with skilled team members.
Information Systems Analyst II (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – August 22, 2018
There is a lot of politics at play and click groups that have the advantage or are in the 'know' from the rest. People are looking for their best interest and there is not much of a community/family sentiment.
Great place to intern, I learned a lot about internal audit during my summer 2016 internship. I had great mentors, who showed me how to perform tasks. I also got to travel to a plant for on-site plant auditing,
Senior Natural Gas Scheduler (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – June 24, 2018
I worked at Calpine for one year. It was a stressful year due to management. The actual expectations for the role did not match what was discussed during the interview process. Severe lack of training contributed to the stress level.
Turbine Engineer III (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – June 12, 2018
I worked for 10 years at Calpine and what started as a great company with excellent management ended with a bad company and poor management. Management become a closed knit community of robots that were told what and when to do all activities. If you where part of that group it was a great experience but once you fell out of the group you where on your on. I was told by management on more than one occasion that forward thinking individuals would not be tolerated.
GAS Turbine Engineer (Former Employee) – Pasadena, TX – March 14, 2018
Hardest part of the job was dealing with management. Had several issues that were out of my control. There was no culture in doing the right thing. Everyone concerned about themselves and not those working for them.
little travel, time off when I needed it
No feedback, never knowing where you stand as an employee.
Calpine Corporation is one of the largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources in the United States. It is also one of America's largest retail providers of power. It is a good company to work for.
Work here is usually of contract basis. Hard to have a fixed term contract.
Utility Operator (Current Employee) – Pittsburg, CA – October 16, 2017
You’ll have unlimited overtime opportunities when you are employed at a Calpine facility. The power plants are kept very clean. You find you can grow at the rate you’re most comfortable with as you will not be under pressure to achieve unrealistic goals. The opportunity to learn is matched by your ambitions to achieve new skilled, if you are willing to apply yourself you will grow as fast as you like. My experience is you are welcome to take on new projects and encouraged to contribute at your highest potential possible without having the pressure of delay placed upon you. Great work environment!
Control Room Operations Specialist (Former Employee) – La Porte, TX – October 9, 2017
A typical day at Calpine was enjoyable. We had a small team but everyone knew their job aspect and what had to be done. I began as a outside operator and in no time worked my way up to a control room operator. I consider myself to be a fast learner with little or no supervision. I could honestly say that given any task I would be able to fulfill or complete with no problem. Unfortunately, the company had to close their doors and cease operations.