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Updated February 24, 2017
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
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  • Slow to change until its a problem (in 7 reviews)

  • The work life balance is good, but only if you are not concerned with your career advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Decent company, pay is below average for the industry"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time

    Pros

    Challenging, very interesting industry, good people to work with at the lower level.

    Cons

    Engineering pay scale is below the industry average. Upper managers care very little about lower level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay engineers more before you loose them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I was fortunate to have 5 different roles, which gave me great experience and launched my career."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The industry is very challenging and very dynamic, creating opportunities to be innovative and to learn and grow. Employees are bright and collaborative.

    Cons

    There is a glass ceiling for women; the senior leadership team is not collaborative but rather competitive; and the company is focused on hiring younger staff.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership needs to be more collaborative and supportive. Newer is not always better!


  3. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time

    Pros

    Positive working atmosphere, good people to work with, pays and benefits

    Cons

    limited advancement, big company and easy to get lost, poor management


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  5. "Stable, yes."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Marketing in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable industry, great people, great location, good PTO and 401k packages. That's about it.....no real room to grow and they do reorganizations instead of fixing true problems.

    Cons

    Although stable, Xcel Energy is not competitive with their salary packages. I work full time, and can barely make ends meet.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your talent, internally... hey will take care of you. Upper management gets all the salary percentages, while employees struggle to live.


  6. "Principal OD Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal OD Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Principal OD Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to apply leading edge OD practices

    Cons

    Minneapolis winters - Midwest location away from my east coast family

    Advice to Management

    Engage members of your organization down to the individual contributor level in order to access critical information, truly understand your organization's capacity, and maximize operational performance.


  7. "Administrative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is company is great to work for over all. Everyone is very nice and helpful. The pay is very nice as well.

    Cons

    It is better to be hired as a employee vs. contract because the contact us not promising.


  8. "Customer Service Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amarillo, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xcel Energy part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my coworkers and my customers. I enjoyed the different challenges involved. I liked the static schedule. I enjoyed interacting with different departments.

    Cons

    You always feel like big brother is standing over you. They have issues with a lot you do even if it is to benefit the customers. They nitpick about a lot of things then wonder why they lose employees shortly after they hit the floor

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people a little more, have an open door policy that truly is an open door. And, the biggest thing, "confidential" should actually mean confidential. It shouldn't be so difficult to alert management about team leaders.


  9. "Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great PTO and decent benefits

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other companies. Great pay for job description, but not for what you will actually get assigned. There's a reason why turnover is so high and good luck getting any kind of promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the talent below management level. Provide career opportunities to the younger generation, give them a reason to stay.


  10. "Electrician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours and benefits. Pay is great to for not having to have a degree.

    Cons

    Management needs more training in leading and they don't listen to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take some classes to lead


  11. "Needs culture change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Journeyman Instrumentation and Controls Specialist in Holmen, WI
    Current Employee - Journeyman Instrumentation and Controls Specialist in Holmen, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits, good vacation and holiday allotment.

    Cons

    very heavy handed management. Poor culture. micro-management.



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