Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
63 Ratings

Pros
  • Good pay, individuals are good to work with (in 18 reviews)

  • Get hooked with the good benefits and job security (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. Great Company

    Current Employee - Senior SAP Business Objects/BI Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior SAP Business Objects/BI Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, contractors are treated as their own family members. I really enjoyed working with the project team. Love to come back again!

    Cons

    Client is really great but I don't like cold weather conditions :)


  2. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time

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

    Pros

    Stable place to work. Most people there have and will work there for years. Development opportunities are available for employees.

    Cons

    Salaries are below market. Workforce is very old and therefore change is very difficult. It is difficult to move up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    The company has a bad image in the community even as hard as the try to improve community relations. They need to improve engagements with customers like pole relocation, shut offs and turn ons.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Adverse to industry change

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

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

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

    Pros

    Vacation allotment, pension, 401k match, ability to find various work locations and jobs within the company, and reasonable first level supervisors.

    Cons

    There is ingrained mentality of "this is the way we've always done it and we won't change". This applies to adopting technology changes that aren't new to the industry, just new to Xcel. The adversity to flow with industry changes leads to maintaining old methods well past week obsolescence to the point of affecting the ability to operate the system and efficiently execute to projects.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of industry trends and put in place plans to adapt ahead of time. Middle management: don't be afraid to take a stance and back the adoption of new ideas.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not Prepared for Future

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Company still has a defined benefit pension plan. Generous paid time off program. If you work in the right areas people have found happiness.

    Cons

    Company is highly bureaucratic with little ability to impact any change. Senior leadership is completely detached from front line employees. Company is aware of massive industry changes ahead but has no idea how to adapt. Staff reductions and pay cuts have become a way of doing business. Work load is concentrated on the few hard working and dedicated employees while a large number of long term employees coast along.

    Advice to Management

    Re-examine the current view of HR you have taken and abandon the idea that employees are not looking for promotions and advancement in careers.


  6. Getting Better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planner in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Planner in Denver, CO

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Things are moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    If you do a poor job but show up you can get by. It takes a lot to get let go.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out poor performers


  7. Senior Reactor Operator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time

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

    Pros

    Many training opportunities. Paid overtime, great benefits, flexible schedule if not on shift. Upper level management provide ample opportunity for highly productive individuals to move up.

    Cons

    Although paid too much overtime. Upper level management are do not take input from their employees. Budget cuts cause confusion and major distraction among line employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to input from employees. Continue to provide opportunities for those who are highly productive. Understand the wasted man hours on ineffective maintenance processes.


  8. intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

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

    Pros

    great laid back work environment, knowledgable staff, interesting new projects, a lot of project managment stuff.

    Cons

    No cons yet for this job.


  9. Good company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and culture.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities within the company


  10. Good company with good benefits.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Operator in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Operator in Amarillo, TX

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Stability. Good pay for the area. I grew up with this company and have learned so much working hear. However they are losing touch with the working class in an effort to enhance corporate profits.

    Cons

    Location. Very few cons. The company is a great place to work overall. Management as a whole doesn't listen to the field workers.

    Advice to Management

    The company is becoming increasingly top heavy. 40% executive bonuses and raises while the unions are fighting for a 3% cost of living increase.


  11. People are nice to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - GIS Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - GIS Technician in Denver, CO

    I worked at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    Like the team. Very convenient location.

    Cons

    You are not allowed any input regarding any process.



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