Xcel Energy

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Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
116 Reviews
3.3
116 Reviews
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Xcel Energy offers good pay, and a good benefits package including tuition reimbursement (in 15 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are satisfactory to a point (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance is good, but only if you are not concerned with your career advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • Somewhat resistant and slow to change (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Likes to act as if they are Google or Facebook

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people you work with are very nice.

    Cons

    Slow, bureaucratic, slightly faster than social security office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your 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 A simple fact that Boulder project technology was outdated the day you implemented it but chose to ask for reimbursement from the state regulatory commission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Long hours, bureacratic, Ok pay, but great benefits

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Amarillo, TX

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work/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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Amarillo, TX

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Unfair 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    There is no shortage of areas to improve.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Remove mediocre Management and hire technical experts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Construction
    Former Employee - Construction

    I worked at Xcel Energy as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay and overall working conditions.

    Cons

    Too much tunnel vision on construction projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be 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".

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership Development

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Xcel 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.

    Cons

    Xcel 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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Senior management was very unorganized and unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not switch project management companies midway through a project. It will only create more problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    LooN

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Company lacks strategy to cultivate, promote and retain top talent

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    Good benefits package
    committed to environmental programs

    Cons

    -poor career pathing
    -no aim for high performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High more talented entry level employees to train and replace aging workforce

    No opinion of CEO

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