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Xcel Energy Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Xcel Energy Chairman, President & CEO 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. "More than a decade working at utilities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Xcel Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a stable place to work, and you could probably hold onto a job indefinitely.

    Cons

    There was no movement in the division I worked in. The work was complex with plenty of challenges to work on, but most management was only interested in the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Build teams and encourage cross-team collaboration. Try to look at the small arena you manage as a piece of a much larger puzzle and invite your team to understand how you believe the team can work together to make a larger impact.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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. "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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service Associate"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Needs culture change"

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    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.


  7. "Engineer I"

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    Current Employee - Engineer I in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Plymouth, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and high start up salary

    Cons

    Working with old technologies. Not much room for improvement


  8. "General Counsel"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secetary in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Legal Secetary in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people and a very friendly working environment

    Cons

    No cons. If you work hard you will be happy here

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. Helpful (4)

    "middle manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large stable utility company with little turnover. Generally competitive in salaries and good benefits. People are generally fairly decent, ethical.

    Cons

    Very political, senior leaders gave the pretense of cooperation, but were generally unwilling to work together. Company was trying to change that. Very bureaucratic organization, difficult to get anything new done without extensive meetings, review, overview.


  10. "Senior network Architcure lead Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Architcure Lead Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Network Architcure Lead Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Technology wise are little behind

    Cons

    Planning to grow technology side in the future


  11. Helpful (2)

    "scheduler"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Project Scheduler in Northglenn, CO
    Former Employee - Project Scheduler in Northglenn, CO

    I worked at Xcel Energy (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    17 years - loved my job

    Cons

    New management did not try to work with existing employees. Choose to fire everyone and hire new. Bragged about doing this. Did not want to work for such mean people.

    Advice to Management

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