Colorado Springs Utilities Reviews

Updated July 12, 2015
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  1. Positive, Nurturing Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at Colorado Springs Utilities (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    - Great people! - Employee development and training opportunities galore. - Health, ergonomics, and safety are important values to the culture and it shows, which is a good thing. - A corrective action process that makes it possible to learn from mistakes without getting fired. -(You have to work hard at being an @$$ to get fired.) - Competitive benefits package. - Opportunity to work with some of the best professionals in the business. CSU hires "the best of the best" and I was proud to work there for almost 10 years.

    Cons

    Most CSU employees I have met are happy employees. Happy employees means low turnover. Getting hired at CSU is no longer about who you know. You must follow the strict application process, which can be extensive. You must be patient, creative, go above and beyond, and work very hard on developing yourself to advance to senior positions. CSU's very visible public profile means political correctness is paramount.

    Advice to Management

    In my experience, CSU managers work hard to support and develop their employees while striving to meet business objectives. This can be a difficult balance, but I had no complaints.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Do not recommend

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

    I worked at Colorado Springs Utilities full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The one pro about CSU is that they have decent insurance benefits, but that is all they have to offer. I would think that other companies have comparable benefits. There are small pockets of good people who just got stuck here.

    Cons

    PERA - If you think that PERA is a benefit, think again. It forces the workforce to stay even when they don't want to. Which ultimately leads to complacency and and an "I don't care attitude". HR department - Interestingly, the HR departments role at CSU is to protect the company from lawsuits from employees. The HR department is probably the most corrupt and incompetent aspect of CSU. If you read the "positive" posts on this site. I promise you that they are fake and they are coming from the HR department. CSU is in a crisis right now.......which was inevitable because of corrupt and unethical leadership beginning with the very top all the way down to the supervisory level. Supervisors get away with creating a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, lying to direct reports, lying about direct reports, etc, I think you get the picture. If you file a complaint about your supervisor or manager, you will be retaliated against. And guess what, HR will not do anything about it. The only people who kind of succeed at CSU are the extreme lazy who spend 3/4 of their time sucking up to leadership. CSU's only concern is to get the work force to a "mid-point" salary. Once you have arrived there, you no longer get raises above 2%. In other words, your work performance has zero value. It is all based upon either getting to the mid point and/or sucking up to leadership. Recently, a general manager sent out an email that stated he was leaving CSU immediately. He also stated in his email that the executive leadership was corrupt and giving themselves extravagant raises while the rest of the workforce fights over 2% raises. It would be interesting to know how many people have left CSU this year. They have announced that they are cutting 100 positions.In the meantime, they force budget cuts on certain departments, but not others. It all depends on if you are liked by the executive team. When it comes to promotions, forget it. You have to wait for someone to die, retire or quit to "apply" for a position. They will let you work higher level positions without promoting you and you will be stuck with your 2% raises if you are lucky.

    Advice to Management

    Management would never take advice from anyone so this basically would be a complete waste of time and energy. But I do believe that CSU is imploding within. At some point in time, it will fall apart and management will be left holding the ball.


  3. Previous employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colorado Springs Utilities

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

    Pros

    Great organization to work for ..

    Cons

    Upper management is not very understanding at times

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more


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  5. I love working at Colorado Springs Utilities- not a perfect company, but a good one

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

    I have been working at Colorado Springs Utilities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The skill level of the technical craft employees is extremely high. Customer service is a top priority. The compensation and benefits package is competitive. Although there are some concerns with the performance management process, this is an organization that takes the time to address performance in a way that focuses on both the positive and the areas that need improvement. Many organizations do not invest the time to hold regular reviews and have performance discussions. Employees at this organization truly care about their customers and community. Strong volunteerism.

    Cons

    Pockets of leadership about to exit creates some uncertainty and there is some disengagement. The organizational structure likely needs an overhaul as some groups are split and combined in ways that aren't effective and have been tailored to the current leadership. Pockets of employee entitlement and unrealistic expectations about how a business should operate. Politics can sometimes get in the way of long-term strategic business planning.

    Advice to Management

    More strategic, less reactive. Make the tough decisions about the long-standing issues you know need to be addressed. There is a lot of talented leadership but the volume of urgent issues overwhelms even the best leaders.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Customer Service

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Colorado Springs Utilities

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

    Pros

    The environment and employees are amazing.

    Cons

    There really are no cons that I feel would be important enough to include here.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. Helpful (2)

    Leadership Needs Help

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

    I have been working at Colorado Springs Utilities full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to be for job security and benefits. The people tend to have a positive outlook and want to be part of the community.

    Cons

    Leadership does not support the employees and does not abide by a consistent behavioural standard. New supervisors are left to "fend for themselves" with no direction or support.

    Advice to Management

    Establish organization wide communications so every area is consistent and knows what the goal is. Do not pick a random number for headcount reductions. Work on smart solutions that make sense. If this means a rate increase, then so be it! There is only so much you can whip a horse before it turns up dead. (Reducing headcount in an already stressed and overloaded environment will send employees over the edge and unable to cope... I predict increase in ailments for employees.)


  8. Helpful (1)

    Very Disappointing Experience. Caveat Emptor.

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

    I worked at Colorado Springs Utilities full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Job, Field Crews were great to work with, some co workers were great to work with. Coworkers who weren't in my department were good to work with. There were people who believed in the mission of providing necessary tools for people to succeed.

    Cons

    Coworkers were prejudiced, even downright racist. Coworker would throw you under the bus every chance they would get. Company spoke of a culture of honor but there was none there. HR would gloat over the CEO, and what a wonderful company it was to work for, but they were drinking the kool aid. With the exception of one HR personnel, the rest of them were aloof, or unavailable. Boss, while nice personally was unavailable 90% of the time. Some processes were cumbersome, and busy work. Unnecessarily complicated. Raises were given to departments in an effort to keep personnel, and then taken away a couple of months later. Meanwhile certain other department managers received large, even excessive raises when management would speak of cutting costs and it every one was being affected. Their corporate structure is a rob peter to pay paul, thus certain departments have no contingencies, and then rate increases are submitted. In one year there was 3-4 rate increases to its citizens. My intuition told me to not join this company, I should have listened to myself better.

    Advice to Management

    Change the city charter, sell off assets to competent companies who can properly manage finances, and personnel. Take back the huge raise you gave to the CEO, dismiss the CFO, and HR managers too.


  9. Helpful (2)

    With Major Change in Management at All Levels Could be a Good Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Colorado Springs Utilities full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Benefits and you may have a good supervisor. No money for at least next 4-5 years, huge budget cuts, no raises, etc.. Fairness is non existent. Merit system does not exist and it is entirely the spoils system(hope you are best friends with your boss).

    Cons

    Financial issues and they are "sudden"(cant be more fake). No Trust and Huge Outsourcing to Occur due to tremendous financial pressures. It is supposed to be a culture of honor and there isn't honesty by the leadership. Everything is back door who can drive the nail in other's back and most money wins. That is how people move up - period. Systems that are bigger that fail(Oracle Utility Solution, i.e. supply management/Maximo or trade/ETRM) fail left and right and are still seen as big successes with no implementation whatsoever after millions of dollars and no delivery or results. People in these groups are still given extra pay like other government agencies when everything fails. Time to privatize.

    Advice to Management

    At least gain the concept of how to develop talent. The approach of kiss the right person's tail has no gain for the company overall. Almost every position I have seen filled by the company the candidate does not have the minimum qualifications if any. I have not seen a promotion based on merit in years.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Long term employee who interacted with many people in multiple departments.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Colorado Springs Utilities full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent for long term employment and retirement opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor understanding of how to communicate well with employees. Ineffective at staying current in technology and implementing modern solutions in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to spend a little time talking to the grass roots employees and understanding not only what the real issues are but how to effectively implement solutions.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for

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

    I worked at Colorado Springs Utilities

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    teleworker opportunity, previous supervisor really showed appreciation and helped with working with my disability

    Cons

    lack of support during medical condition



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