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Good people, good work, good pay

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Current Employee - Director  in  Minneapolis, MN
Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Excellent pay and benefits and total compensation.

Cons

Sow to change, technology lagging behind.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Move faster

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, stable company, nothing new

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone (within a service territory anyway) is Xcel's customer, which allows the company broad access and influence to a wide array of local and state economic/political/business issues that you might not see at other more nationally diverse companies. The utility industry is the most complex and interesting industry I've ever been a part of.

    The day to day culture is pretty laid back but professional. Personal freedom without people hawking over your every move. Generally management is pretty tolerant of personal styles and preferences. You don't have to drink the Kool-Aid and preach the gospel to work there.

    Progressive (for a utility) environmental policies and achievement.

    Good people, very salt-of-the-earth type. Good work/life balance. Nobody is working 60 hour weeks here. Very stable workplace. I've never heard of layoffs happening. Even to get fired, you really have to screw up for a long time to make that happen.

    Cons

    Xcel tries and tries to paint itself as innovative and forward thinking, but consistently falls flat. It's business systems and capabilities are so far behind pace that even when they do have a specific initiative they're excited about, it fails because the current technologies in place aren't capable enough and the new technologies don't integrate with systems from the 80's (not really, but old).

    Everything is very beaurocratic and slow moving, which I attribute to the fact that it's such a heavily regulated business. You can't just go changing how you do business because often you'll have to get a law/regulation/ruling changed first. But that carries over into the non-regulated parts of the business as well. Often time it feels like you have to get an approval from your manager just to get an approval from the approval committee, which is already santioned by the approval board.

    Overall, I compare the culture at Xcel to General Motors in the 1990's/early 2000's. No real innovation or ability to adapt. But there is also that whole government sanctioned monopoly thing, which is helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade your business systems, they really are the worst.

    Don't use so many contractors for such long periods of time. It might not be illegal, but it sure isn't fair or healthy for morale.

    Get rid of your entire HR group, top to bottom, and start over. They add zero value to the entire staffing process from hiring to firing to recruiting.

    Continue investing in being an environmental leader.

    Occassionally flex your political muscle. Too often you role over and take what's given.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Eau Claire, WI

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    very good place for advancement, really make you feel involved and important

    Cons

    call center has varying shifts, which sucks and makes planning vacations difficult. and they wont work around other work schedules at all, or any other schedules besides school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    could really use more steady hours. would be nice to have a set schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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