Xcel Energy

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Xcel Energy Reviews in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
130 Reviews
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Excellent workplace with great benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  2.  

    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)

    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
  3.  

    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

    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
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  5.  

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

    I have been working at Xcel Energy as a contractor (less than an 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  8.  

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

    • 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 (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
  9.  

    An Ethically Sound Company with the Roadblocks of a Typical Corporation

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

    I have been working at Xcel Energy as an intern (more than an 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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership Development

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

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

    Pros

    Xcel Energy offers competitive salaries and great benefits, and probably a little more job security than a lot of other companies. At the management level, they have a good annual incentive plan that paid out at least 100% every year of my tenure except one. They provide decent opportunities to train and learn within the company.

    Cons

    Xcel does not do a good job of providing cross-training opportunities to create future leaders of the company. As a result, employees tend to get pigeonholed into certain departments or specialties, which makes it hard to move into higher level positions within the company - assuming you would want to. Executive team decision making is slow and ponderous, with many missed opportunities due to an inability to get sign off in time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more transparent career paths for your employees. The "Leadership Pipeline" is a good development course, but it should be followed up with individual career plans and a commitment by the company to offer exposure to different roles in the company to help advancement. Currently, development is very ad-hoc and mentors are not widely available in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great workplace and environment

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly employees and good place to work hands down.
    Management is very good and doesn't micro-manage
    Location of the office is easily accessible and plenty of off street parking

    Cons

    Length of employment is not consistent or steady unless offered a permanent position withing the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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