NorthWestern Energy

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NorthWestern Energy Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
6 Reviews
3.9
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    NWE cares about the employees well-being and satisfaction.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transmission Planning Engineer in Butte, MT
    Current Employee - Transmission Planning Engineer in Butte, MT

    I have been working at NorthWestern Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have greatly appreciated the concern NWE shows for my personal goals and ambitions as well as safety. Safety is always emphasised above efficiency. Shortly after I was hired, my manager sat down with me and asked what direction I wanted to go - towards management or developing expertise in my department. That really made me feel comfortable discussing my goals.

    Cons

    The insurance package is excellent... if you expect to have major medical work. The deductible is so high that I don't expect insurance to ever pay a penny towards my expenses. The Health Savings account does help make up for that as the company pays into it monthly (if you're on the High Deductible plan)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Was an OK job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huron, SD
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huron, SD

    I have been working at NorthWestern Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Decent hours. Good benefits and PTO

    Cons

    Management is ridiculous. They are not very understanding if you are going through a major illness. They say their is room for advancement but the criteria is unreachable even if you have years of experience there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hey how about you give people who have worked in your establishment for YEARS a chance in other positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    NorthWestern was a great experience and the whole staff had a great culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at NorthWestern Energy part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great training program, the want you to be successful

    Cons

    An extremely hard job for some people, financial advisor is code for life insurance salesman, no fixed salary all is commission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interns are lead through to many hoops, just be honest about all the steps. Attract more quality Interns and quit wasting time on the quantity aspect.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome people and a great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Billings, MT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Billings, MT

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

    Pros

    Great environment, always on the go, good people to work with, and company takes care of their employees

    Cons

    Very hard to get hired on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dean's Office in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Dean's Office in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good benefits, lovely facilities. It had a great vibe and the students are smart and funny.

    Cons

    No real job security though, if there is a decanal change you could end up losing your job as I did. Change of priorities, etc. Pay is not competitive.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Stability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Butte, MT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Butte, MT

    I have been working at NorthWestern Energy

    Pros

    This is a utility, which offers a stable and secure work place. The percentage basis of 401K contribution is comparatively high, but by the time you consider the lower wages, the contribution ends up being the same as other places of employment.

    Cons

    pay and benefits are far below par. It si said, they do market analysis, but other places in the area pay about 2X, others off 90% insurance coverage, while NWE offers 75%. Others offer 4 to 6 weeks vacation, NWE offers 3. Others offer AD&D at no cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get pay and benefits up to retain workers long term. I believe this would also help attract more qualified people.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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