Black Hills Corporation

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Updated February 27, 2015
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Black Hills Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO David R. Emery
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  1. Great company, invests in its employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rapid City, SD

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    In my position I am trusted to be an expert at what I do. I have a lot of flexibility in my job because my manager trusts my decisions. Company has great benefits compared to other employers in my community. Leadership is open to new ideas and values input from employees.

    Cons

    Heavy workload. Company runs lean to avoid lay-offs, but it can put a heavy burden on employees

    Advice to Management

    Embrace a culture of trust. Share your vision for the future and let them help you get there.

  2. Not a mature company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers in general. Nice flexibility for things that have to happen during a work day.

    Cons

    Poor pay, mediocre benefits, management makes extremely short sighted decisions based on short term profit. Company constantly spews anti-environmental propaganda to employees and attempts to get them to lobby politicians on their behalf. Meaningless "goals" set by management that have nothing to do with actual productivity or work but directly affect pay and bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    You have the opportunity to be at the forefront of cleaning up the energy industry but you intentionally fight to continue polluting as much as you can get away with, try to do better.

    Stop making short sighted decisions for the company to increase your profits and start making long term decisions that make the company more efficient and functional.

  3. Great Environment in Denver

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, nice people to work with, potential to learn a lot if you're outspoken about what you want to achieve

    Cons

    Pay for E&P is below average, smaller company so there's not much room for upward movement, not a lot of promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Do everything you can to keep those really good employees. They train everyone well and then employees tend to leave for better pay.

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  5. It is a ok company but has lots of politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

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

    Pros

    A big utility with good benefits.

    Cons

    A lot of entrenched employees have power over other newer employees and can be vengeful.

    Advice to Management

    Individually the managers are great but overall the management culture can be improved.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Sophomore leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    One of the VPs stated that a trained monkey could do most jobs. So, it’s a great place to work for trained monkeys. Your opinion during meetings is also very important. It helps management determine how best to throw you under the bus.

    Cons

    God forbid you ask for time off while paid as salary. Family illness including cancer is not acceptable, because it’s not been planned. Improvement surveys only help point out the employees to be ostracized and ridiculed. HR will sincerely ask opinions and if you answer, the punishment really starts.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Senior leadership; lose the VPs and Managers that act like sophomores and take some leadership classes yourself. The mirror you look into is the reflection of the failure within this company. Your degree does not make you a leader; it only shows that you can blend with the other sophomores.

  7. A good job, not a career opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dependent on your manager, can be a good flexible schedule for work/life balance, steady reliable company, good health benefits.

    Cons

    Raises are essentially cost of living-not a noticeable increase, promotions are few and far between, and generally only occur if someone leaves the company. Compensation is at the low-end for industry peers. Management is cliquish. Have heard of at least 4 initiatives to explore diversity and women's opportunities at the company but have never seen anything come out of it.

  8. Big Talk, Little (if any) Follow through

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good matching (401K), Nice people (co workers), Ok benefits and descent salary (for the mid-west)

    Cons

    Upper management is always looking out for the shareholders first and foremost. They talk a good game about better working conditions, safety etc... but when it comes down to putting out the $ its not so important then. I feel this company is one good cost cut away from a major safety issue or disaster.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some employees, get up to date with technology and systems. Get a better IT department and fund them to bring us into the 21st century, make an effort to talk to and understand lower managements needs and employees needs, we do a good job for you.

  9. A growing company with good people who want to make a positive difference in the communitities they work in.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rapid City, SD

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I believe there are lots of positives. Some of the highlights are great benefits, strong 401K match and company contribution, generous vacation, good salary level, and training. The company is very diversified which helps keep it stable through these tough times.

    Cons

    We all work hard here and cost cutting is always a priority...but I'd rather we be careful and frugal so we don't have layoffs or other negative surprises.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up...you're on the right track. It would be nice to see and talk with you in person more often.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Work comes first for this company, personal and family time second.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Accountant in Rapid City, SD

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Established stable company with great opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Extensive hours required to complete position responsibilities. Very little time for family.

    Advice to Management

    Expand professional work force to allow for the companies growth.

  11. Benefits used to be good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Worker Bee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT Worker Bee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    401K benefits are very good.
    Co-Workers are excellent

    Cons

    Managers expect you to work 50+ hours a week. If you don't work excessive hours then don't ever expect an excellent review or a promotion.

    Good ol' boy network with very few woman and/or minorities in the department.

    Advice to Management

    Try having a life so your employees can as well.

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