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Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated November 12, 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 21 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "They are not quick to hire interns full time when they graduate" (in 15 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 (3)

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

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    • 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 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. "Working at Xcel Energy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Database Specialist in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Database Specialist in Golden, CO

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

    Pros

    Lots of work to do and you and learn a lot.

    Cons

    No real training program, just kinda go in and learn it.

  3. "Customer service"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job benefits good living

    Cons

    Benefits Great job benefits good living

    Advice to Management

    NoneGreat job benefits good living


  4. "Quality Career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Really interesting industry facing complex challenges
     - Great pay and benefits

    Cons

    - Silo'd organization makes it difficult to get answers or assign ownership
     - Passing on of institutional knowledge is the main form of training and maintaining processes

    Advice to Management

    - Talk to your people about what objectives you'd like to see accomplished


  5. "Engineer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work, good experience.

    Cons

    They are not quick to hire interns full time when they graduate.


  6. "Project Controls Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Controls Intern in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Controls Intern in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Xcel Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very helpful team and overall great environment to work in. Learn a lot about the electrical utility industry.

    Cons

    Was not assigned a lot of work at times and was not challenged enough. Communication lacked some among business units.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your interns and make a better effort to keep them busy.


  7. "Pretty good over all"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Xcel Energy part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very large company great for networking, pay was good for an intern.

    Cons

    I ended up doing a lot more compliance work that anything else.

  8. "Business System Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xcel Energy full-time

    Pros

    Lots of work to be done.

    Cons

    Zero accountability for most projects.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Fewer employees doing more work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Corporate in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues who oftentimes want the best for the company and their team. Customer-focused environment.

    There’s a culture of community and giving.

    Cons

    This company is going through a transition. While there are more customers than in the past, there has not been an equal increase in revenue due to energy efficiency initiatives and other factors. As a result, Xcel is being conservative with compensation and is not creating new full time roles to adjust for the new workload. Instead, corporate is relying more and more on contractors and/or giving more work to its existing employees. As a result, it’s hard for contractors and interns to move into full time roles, and the full time employees are getting burnt out by the extra workload.

    To make matters worse, new systems are purchased “off the shelf” instead of being customized to the business. As a result, the systems don’t communicate with each other which creates the need for manual processes to be used. This bogs down employees with extra work and often creates confusion and communication issues between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Systems are broken, creating the need for extra processes. Invest in fixing these issues (they’re costing the business a lot of money by not being addressed).


  10. "I&C Tech"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Xcel Energy (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits at the power plants

    Cons

    Management has their “favorite” employees. Bullying is commonplace and corporate will not look into the plant issues outside of Minnesota. They have you take an online class about bullying and call it good.

    Advice to Management

    Treat ALL your employees fairly. If you have personal issues with someone, deal with it appropriately!


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