Xcel Energy

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Good place to be.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Intern in Denver, CO
Current Employee - Intern in Denver, CO

I have been working at Xcel Energy as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

Good pay, a lot of good, friendly people to work with. Overall happy to be there.

Cons

A lot of bureaucratic nonsense that comes from being a big company. Really good at collecting data and information. Not so good at actually doing anything with it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Limit some of the unnecessary busy paperwork.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Good

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits, opportunity to move in to other positions & cross train. Fantastic people to work with who are very committed to what they do, but still know how to enjoy life.

    Cons

    Severely lagging in technology. Computer software is upwards of 10 years old and changes are slow to come. Clear division in the bargaining and non-bargaining employees, with occasional resentment between the groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As Xcel's workforce becomes younger, it's imperative that the company commits to becoming more technologically advanced for all employees, not just executives. Additionally, just because someone does amazingly in their role does not mean that they will be an equally amazing manager. Too many poor managers exist and the company is reluctant to do anything about it because we don't want to lose their expertise in other aspects of the business. Find them different roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good people, stable company, nothing new

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

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time (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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