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"Cleanest power plants in the country"

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Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Hobbs, NM
Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Hobbs, NM
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Xcel Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Safe company with great benefits. With all the new EPA regulations there is opportunity for new technology experience. There are not many engineers so there are opportunities for great advancement and pay!

Cons

As an engineer in a union business, you are not allowed to touch any tools. If you are somebody that doesn't like to get messy then this is a perfect job for you.

Advice to Management

You are management if you are an engineer. So if you have a problem with it then fix yourself.

Other Employee Reviews for Xcel Energy

  1. "The hourly workers and most of the management were great but there was too much delegation of power to incompetents."

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    Former Contractor - Construction
    Former Contractor - Construction
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Xcel Energy as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and overall working conditions.

    Cons

    Too much tunnel vision on construction projects.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful of who you delegate power to. Once you do it, review the results because too many low level people with too much authority cause way too much headache with their "Napoleon Complexes".


  2. "An Ethically Sound Company with the Roadblocks of a Typical Corporation"

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    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Xcel Energy as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Xcel Energy is an ethically sound company. As an intern, I am proud to say I work for such a great company.
    2. There is a lot of room for growth within the company, since over 50% of their workforce will be retiring in the next 10 years.
    3. Salaries are "competitive" which is a nice way of saying they're average and not fantastic, but they make up for that with numerous benefits packages, including 401k, pension, etc. All of these come together to make the average salaries worth it.
    4. The people are great, and the atmosphere varies between departments such that anyone can find a home within the company. Working in the corporate environment of distant, higher-level engineering provides a laid-back environment, whereas the more nitty-gritty engineering world of operations or plant engineering can provide a fast-paced and exciting environment.

    Cons

    1. There is no engineering development program that I know of.
    2. There are a lot of difficulties in collaborating with other departments. This boils down to lack of access to common information between departments, difficulty in communicating between departments, and lack of understanding of other departments' lines of work. Basically, each department is like its own state in the United States of Xcel Energy, and this can create roadblocks (for example, Michigan may have the answers to some of Nebraska's problems, but Nebraska might be unfamiliar with Michigan, not know that they exist, or not know how to ask the right questions to get the right information).
    3. IT systems within the company need some serious updating. Engineers simply aren't provided the tools needed to perform their jobs up to standard. Even if they had access to these tools, there are some tools which would be simply unusable, due to the limitations of network licensing, and processing power of the computers themselves.
    4. Piggy-backing off of the IT issues, there is a lot of misinformation that engineers have to fight through. Understandably, the amount of data to be accurately recorded, communicated and utilized for a utility is enormous. However, there are still issues in mapping, data collection, and other fields that make an engineer's job more like a detective's job. There is currently a plan in the works to fix this, and hopefully it is successful.

    Advice to Management

    1. Create an engineering development program. Other large engineering companies will spend the first few months to a couple years of a new engineer's time allowing them to explore various areas of the business and find the right niche. This means that when the training wheels are taken off, the engineer knows the ins and outs of the company, where to go to find information, and has an understanding of various aspects of the business. This, in turn, allows enhanced collaboration between departments, and allows projects and processes to flow more smoothly. Considering the challenges the energy business is facing over the next 25 years, with the onset of renewables, and smart grid technology, it is more important now than ever before to create a collaborative environment in which all employees know how to navigate.
    2. If you're trying to keep engineer staffing low to cut O&M costs, at least provide them with the right tools to perform their jobs well. One engineer with the right tools is as good as several engineers with the wrong ones.

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