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Black Hills Corporation Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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Black Hills Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David R. Emery
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  1. "A growing company with good people who want to make a positive difference in the communitities they work in."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rapid City, SD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I believe there are lots of positives. Some of the highlights are great benefits, strong 401K match and company contribution, generous vacation, good salary level, and training. The company is very diversified which helps keep it stable through these tough times.

    Cons

    We all work hard here and cost cutting is always a priority...but I'd rather we be careful and frugal so we don't have layoffs or other negative surprises.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up...you're on the right track. It would be nice to see and talk with you in person more often.


  2. "Great company, invests in its employees"

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

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In my position I am trusted to be an expert at what I do. I have a lot of flexibility in my job because my manager trusts my decisions. Company has great benefits compared to other employers in my community. Leadership is open to new ideas and values input from employees.

    Cons

    Heavy workload. Company runs lean to avoid lay-offs, but it can put a heavy burden on employees

    Advice to Management

    Embrace a culture of trust. Share your vision for the future and let them help you get there.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really like the work environment, flexible schedules, and management.

    Cons

    As any job goes, most people feel "overworked", but I think staying busy is a good thing.


  4. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really great group of people to work with!

    Cons

    There were no major cons - I loved my time spent there.


  5. "Commercial Credit Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Credit Analyst in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Commercial Credit Analyst in Rapid City, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stability within this company is solid

    Cons

    Income growth within this company is limited

    Advice to Management

    Create incentives to motivate success


  6. "Engineering Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Gillette, WY
    Former Employee - Intern in Gillette, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Didn't feel like you were going to work, it was enjoyable. Good opportunity for growth and movement.

    Cons

    Limited location only in the west/Midwest currently.


  7. "Great Environment in Denver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, nice people to work with, potential to learn a lot if you're outspoken about what you want to achieve

    Cons

    Pay for E&P is below average, smaller company so there's not much room for upward movement, not a lot of promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Do everything you can to keep those really good employees. They train everyone well and then employees tend to leave for better pay.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Very forward thinking company with great people."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Career opportunities
    Pay
    Co-workers
    Stable company in stable industry

    Cons

    Old school mentality
    Shareholder/stock focus vs employee
    Good 'ole boy system that promotes the wrong people to mid-level leadership positions
    Absolutely no training outside of online courses by the company

    Advice to Management

    It's great to focus on diversity, profits, and innovation, however, it should not be at the expense of employees who want to be there. I loved working for the company but the company costs itself dearly in failing to keep employees and having to train new ones with unrealistic expectations for some of the new employees, thus costing itself more costs and time in the long-run.


  9. "Well run small to mid sized utility with diverse lines of business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well run at the Corporate level with good to excellent senior corporate management.
    Broad business diversity from smaller town utilities, coal & gas electrical generation, excellent construction and operational track record, and a diverse non-regulated energy, plus oil & gas division.
    The company is based out of Rapid City, SD with strong ethical and a genuine regard for employee development.

    Cons

    The oil & gas division is having a tough time these past couple of years. This is due in part to the commodity price declines, but also for relatively mediocre natural gas prone properties and operational effectiveness. Still, the broad diversity of business divisions have been helpful during past years.


  10. "BHC"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Dedicated employees at BHC and great benefits.

    Cons

    Workload can be project based which can lead to work-life balance issues at times.


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