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Great River Energy Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. "IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great River Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great leadership team, awesome benefits, great co-workers

    Cons

    GRE is a great company to work for ... since it has such a flat structure, there are less opportunities to move up.


  2. "Inventory Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Analyst in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Inventory Analyst in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Great River Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall good working envirnment, good people

    Cons

    Leadership and direction of management left something to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support

  3. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Great River Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Progressive G&T thoughtfully transitioning their generation portfolio and building up Transmission infrastructure

    Cons

    This is a great company. People do't leave so it can be difficult to gain upward mobility. You just have to be ready when opportunities appear.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great salary and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great River Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, great benefits, good co-workers, and a fairly progressive utility. Great job security and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    It's a pretty flat organization, so advancing beyond mid-level career opportunities is difficult with very few openings.

    Advice to Management

    Work on ways to retain mid-career talent with opportunities to advance. Continue to seek feedback from employees at all levels for new and innovative ideas and business savings.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Get Promoted then get Fired, questionable HR ethics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monticello, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monticello, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Great River Energy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun projects and great people to work with. The main campus has wonderful meeting spaces to meet with customers and outside vendors with fabulous in-house cafeteria and the building is LEED certified with natural light. (but it shines directly into your eyes during a few weeks each spring and fall)

    Cons

    Manager promoted me within the department, then same manager put me on probation for "not meeting expectations". I was gone within a year. I was there a total of 5 years. It was a really weird experience. HR department was difficult to work with and lied (didn't tell the whole truth) to the unemployment insurance office. The company touts its high ethics - but I did not find that to be true.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great River Energy (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome company, love the employees and management

    Cons

    None great place to work


  7. Helpful (1)

    "engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible, awesome people, great culture, competitive pay

    Cons

    really a good place to work

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Truly a GREAT company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the cooperative business model; never had to question if the company cared about its employees (and their families), customers or members. The health benefits and work/life balance are phenomenal! There's a lot of cross-functional collaboration across the organization and individuals are provided the tools they need to succeed. Employees at all levels of the organization are part of decision making processes--sometimes almost to a fault.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are limited. The paid time off plan and compensation package are competitive; however, the market is very competitive with a turnaround in the economy and the oil boom in NW North Dakota. Cooperatives are very conservative and work through change management slower than other business models; not always a bad thing, but something to keep in mind.

    Advice to Management

    Review hierarchy. Hold people accountable and consider pay for performance in addition to market adjustments. Hire more fulltime employees vs. relying on temps.


  9. "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Support Analyst in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Support Analyst in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Senior level execs, great benefits and pay. Overall a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Some middle management. (IT) they need to learn how to be a personnel manager (they are clueless).

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be a personnel manager. Treat people with respect.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture and work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great River Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I really like the people I work with. The work atmosphere is positive and everyone is focused and works hard. Yet we have a lot of work/life balance and flexible work hours. I feel like they care about my wellbeing.

    Cons

    Since the financial crisis, GRE has been holding the line on costs and hiring. We're seeing a little growth now, so I'm hopeful this will loosen up a little.


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