Xcel Energy

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Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
143 Reviews
2.9
143 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Red tape

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    civil

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    you want to work and make money you can best

    Cons

    you are allways working on the road with little com.for it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great PTO and if in the right department great work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substation Engineer in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Substation Engineer in Amarillo, TX

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

    Pros

    Great amount of PTO, for the most part co-workers are friendly and great to get along with.

    Cons

    Management only cares about certain employees, company overall starting to cut certain benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More respectful with all employees and not just a group of your favorites. Pay employees what they are worth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Values

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Amarillo, TX

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

    Pros

    People and culture is good

    Cons

    Job application process is difficult and long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ease of use

  7.  

    Great people, frustrating work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    Good people, benefits, and time off. Opportunity to learn a lot about the industry if you really want to.

    Cons

    Slow to change until its a problem. A lot of 'this is how we've done it' or 'we do it this way in this part of the company'.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    From SPS to a mess

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    Former Employee - Inst Journeyman in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Inst Journeyman in Amarillo, TX

    I worked at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    None except for a lot lack time during unproductive meetings

    Cons

    Conflicting and inept management decisions based on accountants deciding where to spend money.
    The results major catastrophic failures at Harrington Station, and a dog and pony show that is still in play.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the rump rangers that think they know it all and rely on those who have the experience, knowledge, and fix the problems properly. Maximo is not the answer, you have wrecked the entire maintenance system with software that slows work down. Upper management has been blinded by this lack to speak up against poor guidance by the board who cant make a sound decision based on the future of coal generation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible place to work for low level employees...although upper management sure seemed happy

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    Former Employee - Call Center Representative
    Former Employee - Call Center Representative

    I worked at Xcel Energy part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good benefits for full time employees
    -Discounted event tickets
    -Good job security

    Cons

    -The supposedly flexible scheduling for part time students meant you can set your schedule for the term but you better dang well not need any days off, because they won't give you them. You have to set up your own replacement...near impossible when you are brand new and know no one, and there are 30 other people who want off the same weekend. Yes, you will work every weekend, no question.
    -Understaffed
    -Highly dissatisfied long term staff, made environment miserable for everyone
    -Part time employees subject to NO benefits (understandable) or wage increases (What?!?)
    -Customers tend to be demanding, rude, and cranky, since they are typically upset about billing issues or utility outages
    -Training is rapid...they want to get you out and on to the floor before the knowledge has been truly absorbed. Expect you to know every aspect of every little thing. If you ask someone they tell you, look it up. Well if I could have I would have.
    -Advancement? PLease. Some employees worked in the pits of hell, aka call center, for 7+ years trying to advance to the next level up (a specialist, I believe) but can't make it. Unless you get a solid degree don't expect any advancement to occur. Although after 5 years you may finally get weekends off, so there's that.

    Basically couldn't stand working there much past the initial training period. The thing that irked me most was being told, on the last day of training, that part time employees receive no raises regardless how long they work there. These employees are considered "temporary" so no benefits or increases are mandated. Fine, but don't mislead incoming employees. Treat your employees respectfully and realize that burnout is a very real thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Engineering PETS Group Poor Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy

    Pros

    Great people with lots to learn. Decent pay and decent benefits with a lot of time off. The company is strong financially.

    Cons

    The Engineering PETS group is organized such that you have two managers and they aren't well aligned. It's easy to get caught in the middle. Lots of long hours and busy work. To move up you have to relocate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage people instead of using them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    not now maybe later

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    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)

    Pros

    great benefits and amount of PTO

    Cons

    old boys club, its all about perception, and not actual facts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sit down and actually sit with your employees as the work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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