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Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
113 Reviews

3.3
113 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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer - Nuclear  in  Welch, MN
    Current Employee - Design Engineer - Nuclear in Welch, MN

    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
  2.  

    Good experience with some flaws

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern
    Current Employee - Engineering 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
  3.  

    Internship Experience

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

    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
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  5.  

    Solid employer with good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    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
  6.  

    Big, bureaucratic utility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Amarillo, TX

    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
  7.  

    OK company, headed the wrong way

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    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
  8.  

    Mechanical Engineer Intern for Capital Projects

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic Environment, good pay and benefits

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Likes to act as if they are Google or Facebook

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO

    Pros

    The people you work with are very nice.

    Cons

    Slow, bureaucratic, slightly faster than social security office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your rates are guaranteed by each state regulatory commission. Your profit motives are disingenuous. A simple fact that Boulder project technology was outdated the day you implemented it but chose to ask for reimbursement from the state regulatory commission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall neutral. Nothing great; yet nothing bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    benefits work/life balance stability time-off policies company values

    Cons

    lower pay training personal growth office culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Business Process Assistant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Process Assistant  in  Welch, MN
    Current Employee - Business Process Assistant in Welch, MN

    Pros

    Good pay, individuals are good to work with

    Cons

    Different departments onsite do not work well with each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employees that do the daily work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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