Alliant Energy Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Solid company

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

    I have been working at Alliant Energy

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunities to move around if desired.

    Cons

    A bit "corporate" at times

  2. Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Alliant Energy

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

    Pros

    Alliant has many employee interest groups to be involved in.

    Cons

    Alliant only follows their core values when they are being watched.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Field Engineer I

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineering Specialist
    Former Employee - Field Engineering Specialist

    I worked at Alliant Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Independent work, training, safety-oriented company, great compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Management lacks experience, supervisors in some roles are micro-managers

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  5. The Olympics of Office Politics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Energy

    Pros

    Benefits package is good.

    Cons

    Imagine an office environment for a monopoly business with no serious internal or external auditing. If have experience in the corporate world you might guess this would result in all-out political circus and that's exactly what Alliant Energy is. I've worked at many different companies, and politics are everywhere, but I've never seen anything like this. Honda has the reputation as a data-driven company led by engineers, Alliant Energy is like the "anti-Honda" where everything is driven by office politics. I've never worked anywhere where the quality of my work meant so little. With layers of management and nothing to do, they occupy themselves with endless and pointless reorganizations, rewarding their friends and punishing their perceived enemies. Note this doesn't apply the unionized field jobs which have their own work rules and organization. The Madison home office, which really runs the company, also seems to be better managed. If you enjoy office politics more than actually working, you might enjoy life here, but most people will just end up thoroughly disgusted.

    Advice to Management

    Think about hiring some better management for Cedar Rapids.

  6. Great place to work till it isn't

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Director in Madison, WI

    I worked at Alliant Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits and opportunities to advance

    Cons

    When they decide to cut, they are merciless. Keep unqualified people who are connected...related to someone in city or state government, or someone else who might be useful. Cut their best people bc they don't like people with opinions different than the leadership.

    Advice to Management

    You can make whatever decisions you want, ultimately, but if you have smart people working for you...and you do...listen to them, and then make your decisions. Don't just promote the "yes, whatever you say" employees.

  7. Management is broken.

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

    I worked at Alliant Energy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The variety of work is incredible.

    Cons

    You will not, however, be appreciated for it by management.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to those at lower levels. Directors and executives need stop worrying about "managing up" perceptions of their divisions and begin looking to see what the folks on the front lines are actually sacrificing to get things done.

  8. Overall Alliant is a good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Energy full-time

    Pros

    work-Life balance. It used to be much better. There are some very good people that work there.

    Cons

    not very much ability to move up in company. Most engineers stay there for a long time. Pay is not competitive with other markets. Management is definitely a click and movement into management is not very likely.

    Advice to Management

    Consider growing your talent more. Change the culture and listen to your employees.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great challenges. Poor mid-level management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BFP Consultant in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - BFP Consultant in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Alliant Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of interesting projects. Very Good People at the staff level.

    Cons

    Mid-Level Management does little to nothing to develop staff. My immediate boss was actively resentful of my attempts to improve my skills. There is no loyalty from senior staff to lower level employees after the flood. I was "invaluable" to senior staff 3 days before my layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate your staff!!!!! Allow for at least some work-life balance, the best thing about my layoff was no more 70 hour weeks. Let workers feel like they have skin in the game - give them skin in the game.

  10. Work Hard & Bite Your Tongue

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Conversion Crew in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Conversion Crew in Madison, WI

    I worked at Alliant Energy part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Conversion Crew Pays well for very hard labor in timely precision. It's a good job with lots of fun aspects (one can experience a lot of different events, trades shows, etc. even in just one day there). It's a relaxed atmosphere in general.

    Cons

    No personal lockers at work. One supervisor is a misogynist pig. Right off the bat, he made suggestive comments to me, and later called another woman a big fat slob and that was in front of others in the room.
    Hours are difficult for some, but that's the trade off for a solid job that pays, and a loosely put together method of getting jobs done (for instance, no back up when someone is a no show, resulting in less people to handle an event). We only had three people working the entire coliseum (bathroom monitor for 6000 people?

    Advice to Management

    Lose your archaic Good Old Boy Systems, Create an employee environment worth being there for 8 hours, solidify your basic systems so they are not constantly running on emergency power (that would be HUMAN power).

  11. OK, been there, done that...ho-hum

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Madison, WI

    I worked at Alliant Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are looking for a job in Madison with a decent work-life balance you should be able to find it at Alliant Energy

    Cons

    There aren't many growth opportunities, and plenty of old boys club favorites

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