Xcel Energy
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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III

Benjamin G.S. Fowke III

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Likes to act as if they are Google or Facebook

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsThe people you work with are very nice.

    ConsSlow, bureaucratic, slightly faster than social security office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour rates are guaranteed by each state regulatory commission. Your profit motives are disingenuous. A simple fact that Boulder project technology was outdated the day you implemented it but chose to ask for reimbursement from the state regulatory commission.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long hours, bureacratic, Ok pay, but great benefits

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Amarillo, TX

    ProsBenefits are great. Company values are where a company should have them for the public.

    ConsWork/life balance is very poor
    Upper management priorities are to squeeze money while taking forever to make decisions
    Low advancement opportunities due to frequent hire/promotion freezes
    High turnover rate due to inability for the company to compete with pay
    IT/HR have taken over
    Typically 55 hour work week, with high stress. Sometimes 65 hour work weeks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf we treat employees well, they will stay forever. If we treat employees like they are numbers, then it will cost the company more in the end.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Customer care least respected and most unfairly treated yet we take the verbal beatings

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee)
    Amarillo, TX

    ProsGreat Team leads and co workers
    Great public interaction untied way, snack packs for kids, meals on wheels, and local school interactions
    Tuition reimbursement is good.
    Generation and field are great.

    ConsUnfair performance system, time it takes from application to job interview terrible, no respect from certain departments. Opportunity for continued development is lacking.
    Terrible public communication and public education of generation and field work details

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the performance standards and give HR and recruiters a kick in the rear. Stop sending everything north they just keep screwing up.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    There is no shortage of areas to improve.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits like 401K and pension, PTO, health
    Lots of movement so lots of job openings
    Flexible hours
    Lots of responsibility
    Stability

    ConsNo accountability
    No Vision
    No training
    Employees are more concerned about receiving bonus pay than performance or pride in work at hand
    Lack of Technical Expertise

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove mediocre Management and hire technical experts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The hourly workers and most of the management were great but there was too much delegation of power to incompetents.

    Construction (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat pay and overall working conditions.

    ConsToo much tunnel vision on construction projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful of who you delegate power to. Once you do it, review the results because too many low level people with too much authority cause way too much headache with their "Napoleon Complexes".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Leadership Development

    Director (Former Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsXcel Energy offers competitive salaries and great benefits, and probably a little more job security than a lot of other companies. At the management level, they have a good annual incentive plan that paid out at least 100% every year of my tenure except one. They provide decent opportunities to train and learn within the company.

    ConsXcel does not do a good job of providing cross-training opportunities to create future leaders of the company. As a result, employees tend to get pigeonholed into certain departments or specialties, which makes it hard to move into higher level positions within the company - assuming you would want to. Executive team decision making is slow and ponderous, with many missed opportunities due to an inability to get sign off in time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more transparent career paths for your employees. The "Leadership Pipeline" is a good development course, but it should be followed up with individual career plans and a commitment by the company to offer exposure to different roles in the company to help advancement. Currently, development is very ad-hoc and mentors are not widely available in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very disorganized. Never knew who was in charge of the project.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHonestly, I did not come across any pros during my time at Xcel Energy.

    ConsSenior management was very unorganized and unprofessional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not switch project management companies midway through a project. It will only create more problems.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood starting salary, well known company, provides required service. Many of the people are hard working, dedicated, and very nice.

    ConsVery little advancement opportunity, lots of nepotism, favoritism. Bonuses are a factor of who you know, not what you do. Many hard workers not rewarded, many golden boys skate by easily.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to employee input, don't be such a top down closed group. Could be more responsive to customer needs and wants instead of just complying with what commissions make them do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Xcel needs to come to the 21st century on it's views

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with.

    ConsThere's no mobility in being able to change jobs and there is definitely a good ol' boys mantality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company lacks strategy to cultivate, promote and retain top talent

    Supply Chain Analyst (Former Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGood benefits package
    committed to environmental programs

    Cons-poor career pathing
    -no aim for high performance

    Advice to Senior ManagementHigh more talented entry level employees to train and replace aging workforce

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