Basin Electric Power Reviews

Updated Mar 8, 2022

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great company to work for

    Feb 15, 2022 - Corporate Headquarters 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Lack of protomotial opportunities for employees

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Same Old Same Old

    Mar 8, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits - the retirement plan is phenomenal and we have great health insurance. Great cafeteria and coffee shop. Awesome group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Basin Electric wrote the book on how to be stuck in the past. Work from home is next to none for the sake of “community” - even though most meetings are 100% virtual now. Maternity leave can’t have a gradual return (i.e gone for 6 full weeks, 1/2 time for 12 weeks). Software is outdated. No one knows when someone leaves until they’re gone and can’t find them. Promotions & pay are based on butt-in-seat time vs. performance (which job appraisals do nothing) and HR has their hand in literally everything. Supervisors and managers that don’t have “Sr VP” tied to their position title aren’t trusted to manage their employees and make any decision on them. All for the sake of “that’s how we do things here.” No room for innovation and refuses to change, even if the job market demands the changes.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great place to work!

    Feb 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome coworkers, family environment, competitive salary, new senior management

    Cons

    Tends to stay with what has been working for years, instead of keeping up with the modern ways of handling employees and work environment and also work processes.

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Old Values Company

    Oct 12, 2021 - Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Depending your industry this can be a fairly nice paying company. If you're looking for a slower pace place to work with very good work life balance, you'll be happy. Pay is okay when compared to local alternatives.

    Cons

    Poor management from top down. Lots of turnover in management due to political fights it seems. Management doesn't communicate well. A lot of people try to work for life here. Talking to old timers, it seems every other decade or so a lot of people suffer with this plan as they get laid off & have to try to find a new career.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Excellent Company

    Sep 19, 2021 - Real Time Power Trader in Bismarck, ND
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great Benefits. Great Coworkers. A wonderful company to work for.

    Cons

    It's a cooperative so sometimes it feels like people who should not be there and don't pull their weight, keep staying and don't get fired no matter how many mistakes and frustration they cause.

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Work/Life Balance

    Jun 14, 2021 - Civil Engineer in Bismarck, ND
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Most people work here because of benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy to deal with.

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Good benefits if you can put up with the 'Good old boy's club'.

    Jan 25, 2021 - General in Bismarck, ND
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay for the area, immediate co-workers were awesome.

    Cons

    Upper management is stuck in the old ages, the pay didn't keep up with national averages, HR tried to micro manage EVERYTHING!!! Lacking diversity - women and minorities.

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  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    WORST POWER COMPANY I HAVE EVER WORKED FOR.

    Dec 26, 2018 - Journeyman Lineman 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Decent equipment, Set around and played cards and played on the computer instead of working if you like that and do not care if your actual ability and skills are valued.

    Cons

    Weeks and weeks away from home. Authoritarian management style. Incredibly cultish environment. " Its a GOOD COMPANY" repeated over and over again until people actually believed it was true. (It was not). Like most electric cooperatives Basin has a lot of corruption and wastes a tremendous amount of money. In the last year their poor management and out of control spending finally caught up to them. It's a really poor environment to work in and my friends who stayed say it only gets worse. Basin's environment breeds tattle tails and brown noses as that and riding the safety train is how you move up in is this company. I hated Basin while I was there and 2 years later still despise it. If you have a backbone and can think for yourself and you like to work- hate meetings and being non productive do not work at Basin

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    4 people found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Graphic Design Student Internship

    Jun 12, 2015 - Graphic Designer in Bismarck, ND
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Learn about big print processes, become familiar with printing technologies, expand graphics portfolio and knowledge, apply studio photograyph and AV knowledge, gain a number of mentors, and improve client communication. No day is the same, there are always new projects and tasks to fulfill and learn from. A great vision of service and cooperation. Positive environment, and great pay for an internship.

    Cons

    Extreme learning curve for those not accustomed to the "big league" desk jobs. Prepare to be stretched in multiple directions by all your supervisors giving you tasks. Interns tend to receive grunt work, so just have a good attitude.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    A solid company that outperforms the systems that are in place to ensure organizational and operational excellence.

    Jan 6, 2013 - Supervisor in Wheatland, WY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Excellent benefits. The best retirement programs in industry. Solid future, people will always need electricity to power their lives. Great, rural, peaceful locations. Travel between facilities via private jet.

    Cons

    Headquarters is in Bismarck, ND. The workforce is set, once a person is on board, they rarely leave and termination is extremely difficult. The company tends to be headquarters focused rather than generation focused. They sometimes forget where their revenue is made.

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Basin Electric Power Reviews FAQs

Basin Electric Power has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5, based on over 40 reviews left anonymously by employees. 83% of employees would recommend working at Basin Electric Power to a friend and 53% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Basin Electric Power employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Basin Electric Power. This rating has improved by 2% over the last 12 months.

83% of Basin Electric Power employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Basin Electric Power 4.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.5 for culture and values and 3.3 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Basin Electric Power to be career development, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be senior leadership, culture, management.

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