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NorthWestern Energy Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  1. "Awesome people and a great company to work for"

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

    I have been working at NorthWestern Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, always on the go, good people to work with, and company takes care of their employees

    Cons

    Very hard to get hired on


  2. "NWE cares about the employees well-being and satisfaction."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transmission Planning Engineer in Butte, MT
    Current Employee - Transmission Planning Engineer in Butte, MT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have greatly appreciated the concern NWE shows for my personal goals and ambitions as well as safety. Safety is always emphasised above efficiency. Shortly after I was hired, my manager sat down with me and asked what direction I wanted to go - towards management or developing expertise in my department. That really made me feel comfortable discussing my goals.

    Cons

    The insurance package is excellent... if you expect to have major medical work. The deductible is so high that I don't expect insurance to ever pay a penny towards my expenses. The Health Savings account does help make up for that as the company pays into it monthly (if you're on the High Deductible plan)


  3. "Systems Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence/Systems Analyst in Butte, MT
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence/Systems Analyst in Butte, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NorthWestern Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent career growth potential. Excellent communication from Senior Management to employees.

    Cons

    There aren't any cons to report, all positive experience with this company. Highly recommend.


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  5. "Good company"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NorthWestern Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, friendly management that treats employees with respect, very safety focused.

    Cons

    Insurance isn't great. Communication could be improved.


  6. "Great Company"

    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

    Pros

    This company treats their employees very well and wants to help you move up in the ranks.

    Cons

    Hard to get a job unless you have worked for NorthWestern before or know someone in the company.


  7. "Great company to work for in MT!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NorthWestern Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent management. They seem to care about you as a person and not just as an employee.
    Good pay and benefits.
    Great desk-to-field time ratio for engineers. About 60% field time in the summer, 30% in the winter.
    Good work/life balance. For the most part it's pretty easy to leave work at work (unless you're on call) and you should rarely have to work extra late or come in on the weekends (note: some people do work late and come in on the weekends, but that was never my experience).

    Cons

    Not very mentally stimulating if you like engineering. Lots of interaction with people and crews that are not always very cordial. These can sometimes be pretty stressful. Lots of time spent on mundane tasks, and pretty basic (read: old and outdated) engineering software (which they are currently in the process of updating).

    Advice to Management

    It never hurts to communicate expectations clearly and often, and feedback (both positive and negative) tends to be pretty slim until a problem arises. Giving negative feedback early could cut off problems before they happen, and giving positive feedback often can help keep people moving in the right direction.


  8. "Student Summer Help"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NorthWestern Energy full-time

    Pros

    I was out in the wilderness so that was cool.

    Cons

    The work was just busy work.


  9. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Supervisor in Butte, MT
    Former Employee - Project Supervisor in Butte, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NorthWestern Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great if you work in good department. Money is great starts low but increases quickly and the benefits are pretty awesome too

    Cons

    You may have supervisor that is not easy to work with. No freedom to be creative. Wages start out low. If you don't have a degree you probably will never work there


  10. "Stability"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Butte, MT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Butte, MT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a utility, which offers a stable and secure work place. The percentage basis of 401K contribution is comparatively high, but by the time you consider the lower wages, the contribution ends up being the same as other places of employment.

    Cons

    pay and benefits are far below par. It si said, they do market analysis, but other places in the area pay about 2X, others off 90% insurance coverage, while NWE offers 75%. Others offer 4 to 6 weeks vacation, NWE offers 3. Others offer AD&D at no cost.

    Advice to Management

    Get pay and benefits up to retain workers long term. I believe this would also help attract more qualified people.


  11. "Was an OK job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huron, SD
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huron, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NorthWestern Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Decent hours. Good benefits and PTO

    Cons

    Management is ridiculous. They are not very understanding if you are going through a major illness. They say their is room for advancement but the criteria is unreachable even if you have years of experience there.

    Advice to Management

    Hey how about you give people who have worked in your establishment for YEARS a chance in other positions.



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