Xcel Energy

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Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
116 Reviews
3.3
116 Reviews
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
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 15 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are satisfactory to a point (in 8 reviews)


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

  • Somewhat resistant and slow to change (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The internship program at Xcel is very informative and you get a lot of hands on experience.

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Intern in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Xcel Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They work well with your school schedule.

    Cons

    The intern program does not show all the different jobs you could potentially do with your degree.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    stayed many years and was taught a good trade

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    Former Employee - Mechanic Specialist  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Mechanic Specialist in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    this is a good strong company

    Cons

    good strong company to work for but not much chance for advacedment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Rubber pancakes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, vacation, benefits, dynamic problem solving opportunities, interesting industry undergoing big changes, a sense of importance providing an essential service.

    Cons

    Little work-life balance. Everyone in management is a marketing/communications professional so your expertise will not be needed (sarcasm). Many places too many resources, others not even close -- if you are there, expectations are the same. If you are not connected or know how to work politically to remain a 'favorite' - or do not know how to either avoid accountability or remain autonomous in a bureaucratic world - move on. Yes, it can be exhausting - and more so the more you actually care. The preordained aside, the primary focus is on talking about what you are going to do instead of actually doing it. If you do bring innovative ideas, several that even lead to company wide processes or engaging programs, and better customer and employee satisfaction, corporate rules apply - someone else gets the credit and you'll be asked sincerely, 'What have you done lately.' Not all bad to be kept on toes but short memories do not translate into recognition for your efforts here. Also, ideas brought to the table must conform to certain 'unwritten' rules. Basically, if you had a great idea to transform the industry your first thought would be to go out on your own to accomplish it (especially bittersweet in an industry desperate for good ideas and decisions.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The exclusive shareholder focus will undo regions with a strong, postive reputation. The three legs of employees, customers and shareholders will lead to better results for shareholders.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Big, bureaucratic utility

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Amarillo, TX

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and fringe benefits

    Cons

    Incoherent strategy, poor employee communications, lots of negative leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nuclear: Excellent pay and good benefits, but low quality of life.

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer - Nuclear  in  Welch, MN
    Current Employee - Design Engineer - Nuclear in Welch, MN

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

    Pros

    Pay is excellent
    Benefits are good
    High safety culture
    Good, hard working employees
    Good company overall, with a diverse energy portfolio

    Cons

    Low quality of life
    Long work hours during refueling outages
    Unstable management (but improving)
    Micromanagement from upper management
    A lot of "desk time" and paperwork/red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't block engineers from moving to new positions because you are afraid to lose them, let them grow and be a better asset to your company. Provide promotions to engineers based on performance and expected job duties, not just on years of service.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience with some flaws

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern

    I have been working at Xcel Energy as an intern

    Pros

    Good people and reasonable stress. The company provides an important public service and there are opportunities to work on significant projects. Strong safety culture and flexible hours.

    Cons

    The silo effect is huge here. Very bureaucratic culture/process. IT and HR programs are excessive. Rate cases drive financial performance and determine management philosophy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much corporate doublespeak. Honesty and candor are appreciated by employees. Consider greater regional autonomy instead of one-size-fits-all Xcel-wide policies.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Internship Experience

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineering Intern  in  Welch, MN
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineering Intern in Welch, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, good training, and great learning opportunity of how a big organization such as this is run and operated. Very strict safety standards which reassures me of the reliability of this plant.

    Cons

    Slow background check process, didn't really feel challenged mentally during my two months here. Mainly busy work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start the background screening process much sooner. Place interns in positions where they can apply knowledge of what they have learned in school.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Solid employer with good benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People care about you here and there is good opportunities to expand your career. The retirement benefits are good and the amount of time off is also good.

    Cons

    The work life balance is good, but only if you are not concerned with your career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Webinars are good, but in - person means so much more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    OK company, headed the wrong way

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    People, safety ethics, long term stability, and benefits.

    Cons

    HR tends to hold up promotions as much as they can. They do not let the company promote from within unless they are overqualified for the position.

    The general direction of the company now seems to be focused on management and financial, whereas previously it seemed to be operations, maintenance, and engineering. I don't think this is a sustainable long term direction. Hiring contractors when the company used to do it cheaper themselves will result negative consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed people from downtown and increase technical, operations, and maintenance staffing at service centers, power plants, distribution centers, etc. Reduce management as much as is possible, they are too expensive and do not produce anything.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Mechanical Engineer Intern for Capital Projects

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    Dynamic Environment, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Not Very challenging. Given a lot of responsibility with no power.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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