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Xcel Energy Reviews in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
36 Reviews
2.6
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
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Pros
  • Xcel Energy offers good pay, and a good benefits package including tuition reimbursement (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits, time off and flexibiltiy are the best assets of this company (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Somewhat resistant and slow to change (in 4 reviews)

  • The work life balance is good, but only if you are not concerned with your career advancement (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    not now maybe later

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    great benefits and amount of PTO

    Cons

    old boys club, its all about perception, and not actual facts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sit down and actually sit with your employees as the work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Managers not in Supply Chain play favorites and promotions are given not based on qualifications and experience.

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    Former Contractor - Supply Chain Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Contractor - Supply Chain Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Xcel Energy as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the ability to work on many different projects and work independence. Most of the people that I worked with were willing to be collaborative and helpful on projects, which created for the most part a vibrant, fun, ever changing work environment that was challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable.

    Cons

    The management there is like a cult. Managers do not give feedback if they think you are not performing up to expectations and do not make time to communicate with you - unless you are in the favorites circle. Consultants are not involved in meetings and are not kept in the business communications loop. If you fall out of good graces, any issues will not be discussed or resolved, instead you will be shunned and ignored for months on end until you finally get so miserable, that you leave, or finally, get fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair. Give feedback. Don't play favorites and games with people and their careers. Recognize people for their contributions, hard work and talents. Recognize and respect those that are working hard and giving 110% effort to drive positive business results for your department. Don't burn bridges and treat people as if they are completely replaceable and unworthy of acknowledgement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    No Direction for Department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Material Coordination Division in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Contractor - Material Coordination Division in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at Xcel Energy as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    8 Hour work day is pretty standard. Not required to be there longer often/ever.

    Free water.

    Some friendly employees. Stealing isn't common, people are honest.

    If you like perkins style food, lots of freebies each month or more from events/trainings that go on here.

    Cons

    This whole job is easy to call in from home. The few times I did it, I could watch a movie all day or play Xbox and I was just as productive.

    Working from home is looked at very negatively. There is a big push to "just use your PTO/sick days" if you can't make it in, even though you are told to bring your laptop home everyday just in case you get snowed in.

    Restructuring happens frequently. As if on a whim, employees will find new job duties and roles moved around on them.
    Productivity isn't rewarded. If you are a fast typer/great with people and can get more work done than the usual, doesn’t matter. You’ll get a nice GJ email from your direct, maybe. That’s the best recognition you’ll get.

    As noted by the supervisors, this environment “churns” a lot and literally, churns people OUT of it quickly.
    The most key employees, who if were gone things would go bad quickly, are still kept contracted for whatever reason. The people above seem to think FTE’s are dangerous so they avoid them.

    This department and all of its roles are best suited for an out of high school job or while in college job.
    The skills learned are limited to a little above a customer service rep on the phone and email edicate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value of employee talents needs to reviewed and appreciated.

    The whole department probably shouldn't be treated as an after thought. Don't hang becoming an FTE over contracted employees and act as if you're hands are tied all day long due to xyz. You are thinking of yourself and money/your bonuses.

    If you're going to churn people out, churn them forward. As it stands it feels like you could be here 40 years and stagnate and be none the wiser.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall not too bad.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time

    Pros

    Very stable company, lots of PTO, people are for the most part friendly, and I feel like we provide a very important service.

    Cons

    Pay isn't the best unless you are union, it can be hard to get a clear answer on anything, a lot of the people who have been around for a while don't put in much effort, and fear of anything new (very risk adverse).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they're worth, make decisions instead of trying to pass the buck, and stop focusing on meaningless numbers and metrics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    HR Team Member of a Dinosaur organization which embraces politics rather than change

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    Current Contractor - Talent Management Learning Services in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Contractor - Talent Management Learning Services in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team members for most part who are serious about goals and organizational success and goals.

    Cons

    Contractors are violated in labor standards laws and forced to work Overtime and are not paid. Contractors are extended although I have been less than one year, one contractor was on for 8 years before perm conversion. Politics run all way up to CEO for job selection, they just tell their friends to apply. Witness to two age discrimination cases currently in litigation and several racial hostility issues. Even watched a college in corporate HR be yelled at. They will not allow contractors of select races to work remote while others work from home several days weekly. They force contract workers to do more work and train "perm" employees who they hire as their friends and pay more. Keep the lawsuits coming until they learn their lesson. Oh, don't tell CEO, you will be ignored until court and they don't care. Code of Conduct and Discrimination polices they don't care about their publications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start with Ben Fowke and clean house down to HR and start again. With folks who brag about being at an organization for 30 + years and that is all they know....they need to be without a job and benefits to learn what if feels like to be willfully classified as a " contractor " because they are too cheap to pay benefits and decent wages. Call Center will never serve your customers on Benefited vs. Non-Benefited at 10.12 per hour....and you want good services?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, but too PC

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Xcel Energy is a large, stable company. It offers the standard bennies (ins, time off, 401K match), and also has a pension. The challenges are immense, and you will never know the whole system.

    Cons

    This company does not fire anyone. If you get a failing rating from your manager, just complain to HR. HR will prevent you from being fired. If you get caught drinking on the clock, you will just receive a warning even though it's against company policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Admin Assistance, but i technically do more than that. I feel more like a coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Administrative in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Business Administrative in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There's a lot of room for growth. Lots of work to do. Job security is great

    Cons

    The fact that we're understaff in our department and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    delegate work more appropriately, do a better job at hiring managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent workplace with great benefits.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Positive workplace environment with outstanding leadership. Open for job promotion when opportunities arise.

    Cons

    Location is downtown Minneapolis, MN. Very accessible by Metro Transit System, but parking very expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Valuable utility experience that exposes you to all facets of the energy market.

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

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

    Pros

    Good CEO, good co-workers, industry leading utility, and wide geographical footprint that provides experience that other utilities can't provide.

    Cons

    Long hours, lower than average wages, HR runs the salary increases so there is more value on years experience rather than performance. This causes the younger high performers to be held back in career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for performance not for seniority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An Ethically Sound Company with the Roadblocks of a Typical Corporation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    1. Xcel Energy is an ethically sound company. As an intern, I am proud to say I work for such a great company.
    2. There is a lot of room for growth within the company, since over 50% of their workforce will be retiring in the next 10 years.
    3. Salaries are "competitive" which is a nice way of saying they're average and not fantastic, but they make up for that with numerous benefits packages, including 401k, pension, etc. All of these come together to make the average salaries worth it.
    4. The people are great, and the atmosphere varies between departments such that anyone can find a home within the company. Working in the corporate environment of distant, higher-level engineering provides a laid-back environment, whereas the more nitty-gritty engineering world of operations or plant engineering can provide a fast-paced and exciting environment.

    Cons

    1. There is no engineering development program that I know of.
    2. There are a lot of difficulties in collaborating with other departments. This boils down to lack of access to common information between departments, difficulty in communicating between departments, and lack of understanding of other departments' lines of work. Basically, each department is like its own state in the United States of Xcel Energy, and this can create roadblocks (for example, Michigan may have the answers to some of Nebraska's problems, but Nebraska might be unfamiliar with Michigan, not know that they exist, or not know how to ask the right questions to get the right information).
    3. IT systems within the company need some serious updating. Engineers simply aren't provided the tools needed to perform their jobs up to standard. Even if they had access to these tools, there are some tools which would be simply unusable, due to the limitations of network licensing, and processing power of the computers themselves.
    4. Piggy-backing off of the IT issues, there is a lot of misinformation that engineers have to fight through. Understandably, the amount of data to be accurately recorded, communicated and utilized for a utility is enormous. However, there are still issues in mapping, data collection, and other fields that make an engineer's job more like a detective's job. There is currently a plan in the works to fix this, and hopefully it is successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Create an engineering development program. Other large engineering companies will spend the first few months to a couple years of a new engineer's time allowing them to explore various areas of the business and find the right niche. This means that when the training wheels are taken off, the engineer knows the ins and outs of the company, where to go to find information, and has an understanding of various aspects of the business. This, in turn, allows enhanced collaboration between departments, and allows projects and processes to flow more smoothly. Considering the challenges the energy business is facing over the next 25 years, with the onset of renewables, and smart grid technology, it is more important now than ever before to create a collaborative environment in which all employees know how to navigate.
    2. If you're trying to keep engineer staffing low to cut O&M costs, at least provide them with the right tools to perform their jobs well. One engineer with the right tools is as good as several engineers with the wrong ones.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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