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  1. "Customer Service Specialst"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay, Great Benefits, Good hard working culture. Great co-workers. 401k match up to 6%, Good bonus structure

    Cons

    Company is all about their share holders and will literally kick employees to the curb to make sure they post profits. It does not matter to them how long the employees have worked for them, anyone is dispensable to them.

    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing, don't use the backs of your employees to make you more money. Make morally correct decisions, don't take the easy way out.


  2. "A stable job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Awesome co-workers. Entry level positions are fantastic.

    Cons

    While the pay and benefits are good, employees don't seem to be appreciated. Company is not very loyal to their employees. Advancement within company is very limited. Lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to be proactive and appreciate and welcome new ideas, instead of being reactive to a bad situation.


  3. "Software Developer"

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    Current Contractor - Web Applications Developer in Denver, CO
    Current Contractor - Web Applications Developer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company industry is in the energy services sector, so most employment positions are stable at this time, across 8 mid-western and western states. The recent merger with Source Gas has created more opportunities for project and consolidation work.

    Cons

    The corporation overall is mired in stodgy legacy enterprise applications and initiatives. Some of the planned migrations, to antiquated legacy systems (like Cobol-based Asset Suite) are targeted for roll-out in a too-far-out two years (2017Q4). Management doesn't have a clear vision to improve the IT infrastructure. To an agile technology employee, this is frustrating. Also, a large majority of the (BHC) employees (not Source Gas?) are old-school (Rapid City) personnel, that could also use a mentality modernization.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce future costs by investing in competent employees coupled with modern IT systems.


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    "Some Departments Better than Others"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rapid City, SD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rapid City, SD
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    An electric and gas utility is generally a very stable company. Black Hills excels in their main business, and the mine-to-mouth generation model is probably the most robust when facing recent emissions restrictions. Some groups are on the cutting-edge of adopting the latest technologies.

    Cons

    Like most utilities, BHC suffers from a workforce that is rapidly approaching retirement. They will need workers to take over many roles, but training developed is not sufficient to adequately prepare those new hires to replace the decades of retiree's experience. While work/life balance is advertised as "great," in actuality it is as lacking as you would expect from a company where you bill time by the quarter-hour.


  6. "Growing and diverse operations keep things interesting."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities...for those willing to pursue them.

    Cons

    Hmmm...nothing significant other than continuing to mature structure as growth continues.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to share here...


  7. "Not a mature company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers in general. Nice flexibility for things that have to happen during a work day.

    Cons

    Poor pay, mediocre benefits, management makes extremely short sighted decisions based on short term profit. Company constantly spews anti-environmental propaganda to employees and attempts to get them to lobby politicians on their behalf. Meaningless "goals" set by management that have nothing to do with actual productivity or work but directly affect pay and bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    You have the opportunity to be at the forefront of cleaning up the energy industry but you intentionally fight to continue polluting as much as you can get away with, try to do better.

    Stop making short sighted decisions for the company to increase your profits and start making long term decisions that make the company more efficient and functional.


  8. "It is a ok company but has lots of politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    Pros

    A big utility with good benefits.

    Cons

    A lot of entrenched employees have power over other newer employees and can be vengeful.

    Advice to Management

    Individually the managers are great but overall the management culture can be improved.


  9. "A good job, not a career opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dependent on your manager, can be a good flexible schedule for work/life balance, steady reliable company, good health benefits.

    Cons

    Raises are essentially cost of living-not a noticeable increase, promotions are few and far between, and generally only occur if someone leaves the company. Compensation is at the low-end for industry peers. Management is cliquish. Have heard of at least 4 initiatives to explore diversity and women's opportunities at the company but have never seen anything come out of it.


  10. "Neutral"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Competent middle management...good opportunities for leadership development....

    Cons

    Seems to be significant disconnect from top to bottom...given size of company

    Advice to Management

    Be cautious of sacrificing customer service for the bottom line...



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