Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Intern
    Former Employee - Environmental Intern
    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


  2. This was/is a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Superintendent
    Former Employee - Superintendent
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training, compensation and general work environment

    Cons

    Shift work that can require overtime

    Advice to Management

    Do not forget those working in the trenches


  3. Helpful (2)

    Avoid Nuclear

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welch, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welch, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Red tape

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Works hours are decent.

    Cons

    Red tape to no end.


  6. civil

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    you want to work and make money you can best

    Cons

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


  7. Great PTO and if in the right department great work environment

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    Current Employee - Substation Engineer in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Substation Engineer in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (3)

    From SPS to a mess

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inst Journeyman in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Inst Journeyman in Amarillo, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people, frustrating work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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'.


  10. 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 Management

    ease of use


  11. Helpful (2)

    Engineering PETS Group Poor Management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Learn how to manage people instead of using them.



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