Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
67 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. Overtime

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Union Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Union Representative in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time

    Pros

    Must be willing to work shift work, rotating. Over time last year was about 30% of total income. No mandatory overtime. Great benefits, 401k, Union, and Defined pension.

    Cons

    SHIFTWORK! Rotating shifts can be rough but if you work at a plant with 12 hour shifts you only work 14 days out of the month. Schedule is set up to provide 7 days off in a row each month.

    Advice to Management

    they need to start paying their managers at least as much as the employees.


  2. Substation Field Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Substation Field Engineer in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Substation Field Engineer in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They offer a lot of PTO Working for a utility is great Very flexible work hours Coworkers are happy and willing to help

    Cons

    They think their way of doing things is the best and only way They don't always treat consultants and contractors very well

    Advice to Management

    Listen from the bottom more often. Stop focusing on whose fault it is and instead, look at what can be learned from mistakes and how to prevent them in the future.


  3. Principal Engineer

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large company, lots of opportunity, growth, training, size

    Cons

    losing technical expertise, management experience lacks technical background, leadership is parochial,

    Advice to Management

    take a critical look at the company, how to be competitive.


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  5. Supply Chain Specialist

    Former Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Henderson, CO
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Henderson, CO

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

    Pros

    This was a wonderful place to work. I learned something new almost every day, and my team members were outstanding.

    Cons

    This was all pretty much on the job training. If you didn't know the answer to a question you found someone that did and they taught you.

    Advice to Management

    I loved working for Kim Hudson and would do it again. There was never a dull moment. She tried to teach us everything she knew.


  6. Senior Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were fantastic, 401k match, HSA funding, pension and PTO. My work/life balance was great, but that is completely dependent on your manager

    Cons

    There is definitely some favoritism and there are some really good employees that were laid off while unproductive employees stayed.


  7. Positive future

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The strategic call to action is modernizing the company

    Cons

    Too slow to rid the company of non-performers

    Advice to Management

    Go faster


  8. budget

    Current Employee - Custodian in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Custodian in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time

    Pros

    it is really really good

    Cons

    it is really really bad

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Challenging corporate position.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developmental Position in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Developmental Position in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities to network and learn about other areas of the Company. Leaders are happy to schedule time to meet for informational interviews and my manager has always been happy to give me the time to meet for these interviews. Benefits like PTO and pension are a plus.

    Cons

    Although there are opportunities to advance, it takes a lot of hard work and persistence. Base pay seems to be lower than average, at least in the corporate sphere.

    Advice to Management

    Get better at noticing and developing high performers.


  10. Excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transmission Line Engineer in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Transmission Line Engineer in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Xcel Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Atmosphere and people. Its great place to work!

    Cons

    Hectic but happens, not all the time but some

    Advice to Management

    Thank you


  11. Engineer (Gas)

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stability and Benefits. Not much else

    Cons

    No communication, top down management, no training, under qualified management. More ladder climber than leaders. Good people leave... fast.

    Advice to Management

    You should be the principle of your group and the leader. Listen to you people, not just your bosses.



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