Xcel Energy

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Interesting culture,.... Not impressed

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Stability, benefits, pay is comparable to market rates, great office location, break room goodies are plentiful, on site exercise facility and on site cafeteria. It's like a government job. You just have one job to do,.... which is outlined in your position title. You, rarely, do work outside of that title. You really don't have to go out of your way to look like a top performer. Just work on projects that have exposure and take all the credit for the successes.

Cons

The culture is weird to say the least. People are nice but in a cautious way, almost fake and forced. Also some of the younger folk who have never worked outside of Xcel Energy need to learn how to communicate better and learn more about professionalism.

If you can "build relationships" and wear really nice, expensive clothes and have a pretentious attitude... you can make a name for yourself, quickly. If you can get past that and the fact that they are not early adopters of anything innovative,.... it's the place to be. It's like working a government job but with a few perks of being a large corporation. Also some parts of the company are still ol' boys club.

Oh and employees that say this company location (1800 Larimer) is diverse are highly mistaken. It's like everyone that works here long enough lives in a Xcel Energy bubble which is definitely not realistic by any means. I also think that most tenured employees act entitled. It's weird to say the least.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop hiring contractors. Either hire full time employees or few consultants. Hiring contractors creates a passive yet hostile environment. Very adversarial under the surface.

I've worked in companies with contractors and without,.... I've found that the culture at companies without contractors is very solid and like a family. I can feel the competitive, back stabbing, work hoarding, throwing people under the bus mentality going on here. People are concentrating on outdoing everyone else than focusing on the work. Outdoing everyone can be: sabotaging contractors, not utilizing contractors to their full potential because employees may feel threatened.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

130 Other Employee Reviews for Xcel Energy (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Good place to gain experience and learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Engineering in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competive benefit package that comes with large employer

    Cons

    Large organization that could be too slow to respond and react. Easy to get pigeon hole, doing same thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit and accept feedback from workers. Allow for more employee opportunities.

  2.  

    Solid employer with a good history

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Monticello, MN
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Monticello, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable business, good salaries, especially compared to others in the area, most years pay outs for incentive are on target

    Cons

    Nuclear can be challenging if you are not used to it. Company social values lean left. Unpaid overtime can sometimes be too much, especially for certain departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Positive Outlook
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