Black Hills Corporation

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Black Hills Corporation Reviews

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
16 Reviews

2.7
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Black Hills Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO David R. Emery
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sophomore leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of management experience and to many middle managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resource Business Partner
    Former Employee - Human Resource Business Partner

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits including health, vision, dental, and bonus

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Politicis based, not performace based

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    They will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat...

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn new technologies, lots of free food.

    Cons

    This company rewards management for putting the screws on its employees. Heaven forbid you should have an illness or person emergency - you will find yourself out of a job at the first opportunity. They will lie to your face and tell you everything's OK while they are planning to get rid of you. Unrealistic deadlines, lack of communication, and evil management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Operations roles are heavily skewed toward only engineers, very limited mindset and culture

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation

    Pros

    If an engineer, available employment advances.

    Cons

    Engineer culture, old utility and customer service systems, decision makers located only on executive level (2-3 folks!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand your executive ranks to other business acumen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Big Talk, Little (if any) Follow through

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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

    Pros

    Established stable company with great opportunity for growth.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand professional work force to allow for the companies growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Benefits used to be good

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Try having a life so your employees can as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Competitive benefits and compensation but poor management and culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Telecom Engineer  in  Rapid City, SD
    Former Employee - Senior Telecom Engineer in Rapid City, SD

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are very competitive, and are actually better than most companies are. Good percent matching to 401K; good profit sharing plan; good health insurance.

    Cons

    Management (in IT) does not communicate well at all.
    No training opportunities despite the opposite being referenced on its corporate and career websites.
    No employee recognition and no team building processes.
    The call center (customer service department) was also a low priority to management so there systems and processes are behind the curve in technology and ability.
    Corporate management thinks that shareholder value is the absolute most important above all else (including quality customer service).
    This is still a "good, ole boy company" and has not advanced along with 21st century ideologies; in other words, getting a corner office is more important than doing quality work and providing top-notch customer service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify your management in executive and in IT to bring in modern skills sets and abilities. In addition, the effort placed on "corporate diversity" is laughable at best, and actually borders on incompetent. I recommend bringing in a (proven) outside consulting firm to assist the company in learning how to move into the 21st century, and realize that energy based on coal is not the only path forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not a mature company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It is a ok company but has lots of politics

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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