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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. 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.


  7. "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.


  8. 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.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN

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

    Pros

    Great culture, opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    There is always lots to do


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working for a Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Elk River, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Elk River, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great River Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work/life balance is second to none. The company participates in cutting edge research for new and older plants to help improve the plant operations. Management looks for ways to improve internal promotion and skills advancement. The company takes are of its employees and will look for ways to retain employees who have experience.

    Cons

    although the second largest utility in Minnesota there are few larger plants which might restrict an employee's ability to seek further advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with ways to allow employees to advance their skills.


  11. "Very good company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Great River Energy (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very employee-friendly. Good communication from Leaders to employees.

    Cons

    Career development opportunities are limited in many areas.



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