Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
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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. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company to work for, career oriented.

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    • 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. Good company with top quality people working for the company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A professional atmosphere. The company provides career advancement opportunities for employees. The company provides good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    The company was formed from two different mergers and is still working to create one company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide development opportunities to employees.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good working environment, flexible hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Amarillo, TX

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment, flexible hours.

    Cons

    High deductible health care, slow promotions

  6. Looking to the Future

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This is a great company to retire from

    Cons

    Cost cutting measures are becoming ridiculous

    Advice to Management

    Quit tripping over dollars to pick at pennies

  7. Helpful (1)

    Work hard and grow, great place to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. My manager is a total liar.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The pay and vacation time is decent.

    Cons

    My manager led me to believe that there would be little to no travel. But 2 days after I started I was told that I would have to travel every other week between 2 cities. This is TOTALLY unacceptable. I told her from the beginning interview that I did not want to travel.
    I get little real work to do because the contractors run this company's IT department. They dole out small amounts of work to me. I have voiced my concerns to my manager and team lead with no results.

    Advice to Management

    Get control of your IT department back. Do not let contractors and vendors tell you what systems your own employees are allowed to have access to for work. You need to have complete control of your systems. Stop letting vendors/contractors run your IT department.

  9. Poor management

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

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

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

    Pros

    Co-workers were usually good to work with

    Cons

    Mangers/Supervisors micro-manage field and office workers. Lack of actual good management skills. They also can't formulate a readable e-mail.

  10. Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Intern
    Former Employee - Environmental Intern

    I worked at Xcel Energy

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

    Pros

    Competitive wages and benefits, fun atmosphere, great coworkers

    Cons

    little supervision is a hassle at times, long hours

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

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