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Westar Energy Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Sr HR Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westar Energy full-time

    Pros

    Jerl Banning and Steve Boyce. These two will teach you and guide you in the right direction for a career.

    Cons

    I am not to sold on a few of the HR Directors and the Executive Leadership team.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Watch out for RIFS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - IT Support in Topeka, KS

    I worked at Westar Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great 1st and 2nd level managers. Merit pay is tied directly to performance. Frequent activities help foster department cohesion. Company does seem to support good charitable causes.

    Cons

    Work environment was cliquish at times. RIFS in 2012 adversely affected morale and fostered mistrust of senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at all options, think outside the box before you go on a job slashing spree.

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

    Extreme distrust of Director level and higher

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at Westar Energy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family values are important to many.
    Good benefits however HR is eroding these too.

    Cons

    There is an extreme distrust of leadership, specifically HR leadership. HR leadership has too much decision making authority and influence. It's toxic and comical. The annual "survey" does not reflect actual workplace sentiment.

    The back-stabbing that occurs at the director and higher level will work in the short term for the selfish that are really good at it. As this behavior occurs, it ruins the workplace. It takes time to understand this behavior if you don't experience it regularly and it's costly to fix once the folks that truly care decide to fix it.

    HQ is in Topeka.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect. Value the intellect within the company. There is this idea Westar people are stupid and only contractors or people outside of Topeka have brains. Fix this before the best leave the company which is beginning to happen.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Westar-the company that contracts out the real work and promotes laziness from within!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westar Energy

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits here

    Cons

    The environment and union pretty much make it not even worth the pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house-top to bottom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A continuing learning experience

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    Former Employee - Administrative Clerical in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Administrative Clerical in Topeka, KS

    I worked at Westar Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, fellow employees, community involvement

    Cons

    Cut backs and outsourcing of jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The stress of employees is high due to job security

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good people but not very strategically minded

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    Former Employee - Director in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Director in Topeka, KS

    I worked at Westar Energy full-time

    Pros

    I really enjoyed everyone I worked with. They were easy to get to know and very supportive. Mark Ruelle, CEO is a very smart man and very involved in the business. He makes a point of getting to know all employees and is very approachable. Things break down with his direct reports.

    Cons

    Very traditional views with no long term strategic plan so their business continues to decline. It is also a good old boys workplace - no room for women or up and comers unless you have been one of the boys for a long time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great if you prefer working 50 - 60 hours per week on average

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westar Energy full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Development opportunities
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Extremely cliquish management / culture
    Executives / Management micro-management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating people like commodities. Trust the experience and listen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Awful experience working in Rural Kansas

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    Former Employee - Chemical Analyst in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Chemical Analyst in Topeka, KS

    I worked at Westar Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are only concerned about Job security, and very good pay, then Westar Energy is right for you.

    Cons

    Little room for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be able to build a bridge between management and workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for, but steer clear of Generation and Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS

    I worked at Westar Energy

    Pros

    - great pay and benefits
    - hours
    - smaller company

    Cons

    -horrible training
    -co-workers acted like they were in high school
    -if you want promoted, hang out with you boss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote based on skill, not on who I do not hang out with. Also, training new hires could be improved. The managers need to listen to employees goals so they can better manager them.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very progressive for a utility. Well managed at the plant level.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westar Energy full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay, benefits and security. Good leaders are present at all levels. Strong work culture and a high level of devotion to the company.

    Cons

    Plant employees (salaried and hourly) work lots of hours. Not always a good work / life balance. Corporate and plant objectives are seldom aligned. Although there are some great management people, there is an unwillingness to address managers / directors that are substandard and it really weakens the overall strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate needs to support the plants instead of micromanaging

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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