Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated March 25, 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. Good working environment, flexible hours

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    Current Employee - Designer in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Amarillo, TX

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    Good working environment, flexible hours.

    Cons

    High deductible health care, slow promotions

    No opinion of CEO
  2. Looking to the Future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to retire from

    Cons

    Cost cutting measures are becoming ridiculous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit tripping over dollars to pick at pennies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Work hard and grow, great place to be.

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    Current Employee - Material in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Material in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    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 ManagementAdvice

    I have tons of meetings and updates, I am a contractor. I have no negative feedback, I really like my job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great company

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    Former Employee - Environmental Intern
    Former Employee - Environmental Intern

    I worked at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    Competitive wages and benefits, fun atmosphere, great coworkers

    Cons

    little supervision is a hassle at times, long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. The organization could use some changes to be more efficient.

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    Current Employee - Substation Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Substation Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    Great coworkers, benefits, and vacation allotment.

    Cons

    Understaffed, resistant to change adopting technology changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Poor Management Abilities in Supply Chain / Mostly Great People

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    Former Contractor - Supply Chain Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Contractor - Supply Chain Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Xcel Energy as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the ability to work on many different projects in a fast-paced environment, and the ability to work independently. Most of the people that I worked with were willing to be collaborative and helpful on projects when needed, which created for the most part a vibrant, fun, ever changing work environment that was challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable.

    Cons

    Very unethical managers. Some managers do not give feedback if there is an issue and/or they think you are not performing up to expectations. Consultants are not involved in meetings and are not kept in the business communications loop. If you fall out of good graces, any issues will not be discussed or attempted to be resolved, instead you will be shunned and ignored for months on end until you finally get so miserable, that you leave, or finally, get fired, or just no longer have any self-esteem to care. Seen it with several contractors there, sadly, and I experienced this behavior as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair. Give feedback. Don't play favorites and games with people and their careers. Recognize people for their contributions, hard work and talents. Recognize and respect those that are working hard and giving 110% effort to drive positive business results for your department. Don't burn bridges and treat people as if they are completely replaceable and unworthy of fair communications and acknowledgement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. This was/is a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Superintendent
    Former Employee - Superintendent

    I worked at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    Training, compensation and general work environment

    Cons

    Shift work that can require overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not forget those working in the trenches

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Avoid Nuclear

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welch, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welch, MN

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    None. Benefits are ok, but not quite as good as other nuclear companies.

    Cons

    Prairie Island Nuclear has horrible management and is driving people out the door. The culture is awful and has created a revolving door. Probably 40% of people are new in the last couple years and most of them plan to leave as soon as there relocation repayment time is met. Management doesn't seem to have a clue that they are the problem. They just keep threatening employees to do better instead of solving problems so that employees can successfully do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are the problem. Unfortunately the CEO hasn't recognized this. Replacing management is the way to make Prairie Island a decent place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Red tape

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Works hours are decent.

    Cons

    Red tape to no end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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