Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company to work for, career oriented.

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

    I worked at Xcel Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits and pay package

    Cons

    Some supervisors might not be prepared for supervising people

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all employees

  2. Solid company with a traditional mindset and culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great job stability
    - Company mission, vision, and goals that employees can be proud of and strive toward
    - Various departments allowing for learning opportunities, primarily lateral movement
    - Great employee benefits

    Cons

    - Can be difficult to get promoted, especially within the same department
    - Large company with numerous management layers; making quick decisions is impossible and driving change is extremely difficult

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to hold strong to Xcel Energy's mission and vision
    - Continuously look for business areas that can become more agile and efficient
    - When looking for new managers, look more for people skills and true leadership capabilities and less for technical abilities

  3. Helpful (1)

    Work hard and grow, great place to be.

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

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure, collaboration, motivation, and values. All of this is possible if you work hard and ask questions, never stop asking. Don't ever assume, this is business in general. I am a contractor, it took a little to break the barrier, but that's anywhere.

    Cons

    Not much to be honest, a real first.

    Advice to Management

    I have tons of meetings and updates, I am a contractor. I have no negative feedback, I really like my job.

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  5. The organization could use some changes to be more efficient.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substation Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Substation Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great coworkers, benefits, and vacation allotment.

    Cons

    Understaffed, resistant to change adopting technology changes.

    Advice to Management

    You need to be further in front of pending industry changes. Problems are identified too late to be mitigated well. Address accountability issues in Business Systems.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Poor Management Abilities in Supply Chain / Mostly Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very unethical managers. Some managers do not give feedback if there is an issue and/or they think you are not performing up to expectations. 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 attempted to be 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, or just no longer have any self-esteem to care. Seen it with several contractors there, sadly, and I experienced this behavior as well.

    Advice to Management

    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 fair communications and acknowledgement.

  7. not now maybe later

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits and amount of PTO

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    sit down and actually sit with your employees as the work

  8. No Direction for Department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Overall not too bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?

  11. Helpful (2)

    Good benefits, but too PC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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