Your comment doesn't really make much sense. Since the NRG's shareholders rejected the acquisition attemp from Exelon (summer '09), NRG's stock has been up nearly 20% as Exelon's stock is down nearly 40%. NRG continues to buyback $200M - $300M of shares each year and has also created a small dividend (I believe like $0.36/share). So overall, since rejecting the EXC offer, you have probably seen about a 5% annual return (roughly). What really saddles the company is the outlook on natural gas prices. Being a large baseload electric provider, they thrive in higher gas price markets. Since the heavy increase in supply (fracking practices), natural gas commodity has been very low, with little positive outlook going forward (granted the cold polar vortex thing has recently increased demand and has put a stress on inventory levels for the short term). Certainly this is an external factor that is outside their control, and weighs upon the energy industry as a whole. Finally... of course executives make a lot of money... what company do you know of where executives don't make a lot of money?