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Black Hills Corporation Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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Black Hills Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David R. Emery
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "They will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn new technologies, lots of free food.

    Cons

    This company rewards management for putting the screws on its employees. Heaven forbid you should have an illness or person emergency - you will find yourself out of a job at the first opportunity. They will lie to your face and tell you everything's OK while they are planning to get rid of you. Unrealistic deadlines, lack of communication, and evil management.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Sophomore leadership"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    One of the VPs stated that a trained monkey could do most jobs. So, it’s a great place to work for trained monkeys. Your opinion during meetings is also very important. It helps management determine how best to throw you under the bus.

    Cons

    God forbid you ask for time off while paid as salary. Family illness including cancer is not acceptable, because it’s not been planned. Improvement surveys only help point out the employees to be ostracized and ridiculed. HR will sincerely ask opinions and if you answer, the punishment really starts.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Senior leadership; lose the VPs and Managers that act like sophomores and take some leadership classes yourself. The mirror you look into is the reflection of the failure within this company. Your degree does not make you a leader; it only shows that you can blend with the other sophomores.

  3. "Lack of management experience and to many middle managers"

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Business Partner
    Former Employee - Human Resource Business Partner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits including health, vision, dental, and bonus

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Politicis based, not performace based


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits used to be good"

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    Current Employee - IT Worker Bee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT Worker Bee in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    401K benefits are very good.
    Co-Workers are excellent

    Cons

    Managers expect you to work 50+ hours a week. If you don't work excessive hours then don't ever expect an excellent review or a promotion.

    Good ol' boy network with very few woman and/or minorities in the department.

    Advice to Management

    Try having a life so your employees can as well.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Work comes first for this company, personal and family time second."

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Accountant in Rapid City, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Established stable company with great opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Extensive hours required to complete position responsibilities. Very little time for family.

    Advice to Management

    Expand professional work force to allow for the companies growth.


  6. "Big Talk, Little (if any) Follow through"

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

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

    Pros

    Good matching (401K), Nice people (co workers), Ok benefits and descent salary (for the mid-west)

    Cons

    Upper management is always looking out for the shareholders first and foremost. They talk a good game about better working conditions, safety etc... but when it comes down to putting out the $ its not so important then. I feel this company is one good cost cut away from a major safety issue or disaster.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some employees, get up to date with technology and systems. Get a better IT department and fund them to bring us into the 21st century, make an effort to talk to and understand lower managements needs and employees needs, we do a good job for you.


  7. "Operations roles are heavily skewed toward only engineers, very limited mindset and culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If an engineer, available employment advances.

    Cons

    Engineer culture, old utility and customer service systems, decision makers located only on executive level (2-3 folks!)

    Advice to Management

    Expand your executive ranks to other business acumen

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior IT"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and experience. Good coworkers and supervisors in IT. Good benefits and ok salary.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Difficult to stand out since your work is visible mostly to your supervisor and not higher up. Too much emphasis on investors and not as much to employee loyalty. If you are not one of the old entrenched employees, you are expendable. Once you become part of the network , then you are fine.

    Advice to Management

    The bottom line first and foremost is the employee. Invest in the employees and customer service will improve also. Reduce politics and make sure the entrenched buddy system that is in place today is dismantled. The reasons for promoting an employee are not merit based at the moment. This must change.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Sad and Comical at the Same Time"

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    Former Employee - IT Employee in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Golden, CO

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    > Genuinely nice people.

    > The CTO seems like a good person.

    Cons

    BHC acquired the company I worked for, SourceGas. They stood in front of our company and told us they would analyze our IT systems and keep the best-of-breed. That couldn't be further from the truth of how things unfolded.

    > They truly believe they are an advanced company technology-wise to the point that as you're having a good laugh with their management on some of the system shortcomings you realize they aren't laughing with you and then you get sad because they really don't get it.

    > As a result of acquiring so many companies they fast-track integrating systems and data without having a fundamental understanding of how the acquired system works. At that point you clearly see how unskilled their staff is as they unravel before your eyes.

    > Their IT staff is massive and each little worker protects the tiny little world of tech they support at all costs resulting in a very stagnant skill set.

    > It's a rodeo show so if you are ok with keeping quiet and watching their folks operate, you'll get a good laugh for a while. There's been some great shooting from the hip-type stuff that you just have to shake your head at and let play out because clearly they know better than you do.

    > Rapid City. They don't even have high-speed internet...THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE HIGH SPEED INTERNET.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Sounds good on paper"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The co-workers are the best part of my job. Everyone seems to work well together and have each others backs. There are good benefits, insurance and PTO.

    Cons

    Upper management has no concern for their employees, they are just about the bottom dollar. The vision and mission of the company sound great, but the leaders do not "walk the walk." Front line employees are the least of the companies concern and this is starting to have a direct effect on customers. Advancement is more who you know than what you know or do.

    Advice to Management

    Work to move the company into the current workforce culture. Utilities will always be a necessity, but that doesn't guarantee success for a poorly run company.


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