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Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated September 19, 2018
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO Benjamin G.S. Fowke III
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Pros
  • "The pay and benefits are outstanding; I don' think any company pays more for comparable work" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Relatively good benefits with pension" (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • "Could be a full time job listing the negatives" (in 13 reviews)

  • "PTO bank for salaried employees, Work Life balance not good, They expect very long hours" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work with lots of opportunity and challenges"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great pay and long term stability (diverse energy portfolio). Good people dedicated to the job and the company will try and do right by its employees most of the time.

    Cons

    Its a large corporation with a lot of bureaucracy and politics that any company has. Sometimes during certain times of year you may have to work long, grueling hours for outages and emergent issues.

    Advice to Management

    Get better at communication to employees, create a detailed, structured vision with clear goals and communicate that constantly and clearly.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good compensation
    good co-workers
    great work/life balance

    Cons

    gets to be a little to much politics
    upper management has no clue what front line employees do

  3. "Operations Supervisor"

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

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time

    Pros

    PTO is great, even when you start as a new employee.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership in our group, but great in other business units I work with.


  4. "Too many people coasting to retirement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, including pension
    Good work/life balance in many departments

    Cons

    Managers don’t hold employees accountable
    At least 1/3 of employees are coasting to retirement (“retired in place”), creating unfair workloads for more engaged (younger) employees
    Bonus program recently changed and does not reward or recognize accomplishments
    Terrible track record on internal process and technology improvements

    Advice to Management

    Offer a buy out and get rid of the coasters


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Going Downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers
    Great direct supervisor
    Learning experiences

    Cons

    Too busy and understaffed
    Upper management doesn't care
    Dysfunctional technology
    Outdated and inefficient processed

    Advice to Management

    Forget just "year of the customer". Treat your employees better.


  6. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time

    Pros

    If you’re Union, it’ll be the last job you work.

    Cons

    Good ol boy club still runs the show.


  7. "Administrative Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, Good pay + benefits always within the top 100 to work for

    Cons

    High deductible medical, Nuclear energy division could use complete overhaul. Rude staff, co-workers do not engage each other.

    Advice to Management

    STOP MICROMANAGING

  8. "Employed as an Instructional Designer"

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Henderson, CO
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Henderson, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Xcel Energy (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salary plus bonus every year. Great people to work with. Wide variety of projects to work on, Great co-workers and management.

    Cons

    Would like to have had more vacation time.


  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Capac in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Capac in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy and opportunities to grow in your career.

    Cons

    As with most large companies things happen really slowly, you have to be patient.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good source of career development"

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

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

    Pros

    - Many opportunities to move internally
    - Learning and development opportunities
    - Decent benefits

    Cons

    - Little opportunity to advance by title or pay-grade
    - No meritocracy – you can work twice as hard as your peers but rewards for doing so are negligible at best


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