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Management in Supply Chain

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Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Denver, CO
Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Denver, CO

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

Pros

Supply Chain as a whole is a committed customer focused entity within Xcel. Almost every purchasing tool, business process or function of Supply Chain exists (except inventory mangement) making it a formidable and efficient tool for the company.

Cons

Managers within Supply Chain are a prime cause of turnover. Typically, before they get into these positions they are amiable and committed people, sincere toward their fellow workers. Once in management, they seem to take on a very harsh and low-tolerant attitude which already pervades the entire organization. Mixed messages go out, duplicative work is deliberately created and directors do not give 3-5 year strategy as they should. They instead spend inordinate amounts of time working directly with individual contributors - three-levels below them rather than manaaging through their direct reports. It is a very confusing and stressful atmosphere that results.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take care to focus on own weaknesses and appreciate the work environment you yourself create. Manage through your direct reports only in order to remove the confusion. Also, do not hang onto contractors longer than 9 months to a year. Either decide to hire them or let them move on. It is entirely unethical to leave hard workers hanging with such uncertainty.

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  1. Good, stable employment

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    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Job stablility - no ups & downs like most companies, layoffs are rare. Great benefits including a pension.

    Cons

    Slow, not a lot of advancement opportunities. Just wait for someone to retire and hope you can move into their position. Nothing changes - my group had been doing the same thing with minimal changes for over 20 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees. Give younger employees more opportunities to grow.

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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 a 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
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