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Black Hills Corporation Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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  1. "Great Environment in Denver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "A growing company with good people who want to make a positive difference in the communitities they work in."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Benefits used to be good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "CustomerService Representive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and positive work environment 90%

    Cons

    It is still a basic call center where your availability when they need you trumps all and their requirements can change to feeling like demands very quickly regardless of past performance.

    Advice to Management

    spend more time explaining procedures and expectations to the employees instead of a lazy parent mentality of; when questioned answers because I said so. So much of the day to practice that they have when questioned as to why your answer from multiple members of management is that's the way we have always done it or you have to do it this way because we can not do it any other way.


  7. "took it Took it therefore i am"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Took about 3-4 weeks to get a call for the video interview.

    Cons

    Took it therefore i am

    Advice to Management

    Took it

  8. "Great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Constant acquisitions make for bad workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PTO, summer hours, insurance… your benefits at BHE are great. If you're the unambitious type who is looking for an easy place to work, this is a great place to coast.

    Cons

    Their strategy is unsustainable. Basically, BHE wants to continue acquiring other utilities, not fully integrating them before they are on to the next acquisition. While they claim they are following an integration plan, employees don't know each other and processes are extremely clunky, resulting in wasted money duplicating tasks. Not to mention the "good old boys club" is strong there. The worst, though, is their goal to "meet" environmental goals but never exceed them, claiming their customers don't want renewable energy. Zero commitment to the environment or long-term strategic planning. And no, buying another company next year is not strategic.

    Advice to Management

    Before you focus on who to buy next, why not take a look at how you can save money internally streamlining processes?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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

    Pros

    The company is Innovative as a general rule

    Cons

    Still acts like a small company even as it doubles customers and employees

    Advice to Management

    Follow the org chart down as you expect people to follow it up


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