Black Hills Corporation

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Black Hills Corporation Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
17 Reviews
2.7
17 Reviews
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Black Hills Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO David R. Emery
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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
  2.  

    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

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Competitive benefits and compensation but poor management and culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    All in all a good place to work

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

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, mission, vision, values

    Cons

    Work life balance is not easy to attain, not many varied positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A committed team of professionals who strive to meet the needs of their stakeholders.

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    This company works at a fast pace and provides a lot of learning opportunity for someone who is curious and is willing to ask questions. Challenges to improve your skills and provide value to the company come often.

    Cons

    Most of us are still figuring out how to adapt to significant changes in systems and processes; but we'll get there. Bureaucracy and a hierarchical structure can lead to frustration and unnecessary steps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Neutral

    • 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

    Pros

    Competent middle management...good opportunities for leadership development....

    Cons

    Seems to be significant disconnect from top to bottom...given size of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be cautious of sacrificing customer service for the bottom line...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Lack of management experience and to many middle managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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

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