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Productive, busy, high enery work place
dispatch (Former Employee) –  great falls, montanaFebruary 22, 2012
some of the management techniques were sup par. did not always receive the neccessary info to complete tasks
Pros
flexible times for lunch and appointments
Cons
processes were changed by mgmt not workers
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Trade good pay for poor work culture
Manager (Former Employee) –  MontanaDecember 9, 2017
Northwestern Energy has a STRONG tendency to hire and promote relatives as others have said. In some cases, up to 4 relatives in management. HOLY conflict batman. This results in managers that lack experience and skills. Combine that with low performers that don't receive discipline and you start to imagine the work culture.

The pay and benefits are good, especially for the area of the country, but the work culture is lacking. The IT and technology applications are severely behind the curve, and the pace of change is turtle slow.

There are LOTS of employees grinding it out to retirement because the pay and benefits are good. By grinding, I mean just do the job - no new ideas, no self imposed challenges, nothing extra, just do the job making as little noise as possible.

Most disturbing to me was fact that the company doesn't make business decisions in the interest of the rate payer - EVER. All decisions are reflective of the impact to the shareholder. Most companies have a true drive in decision making to cut expense. This company makes some feeble attempts at that, but in the end would much rather spend more and add the cost to rates than cause an impact to the shareholder or their stock price. It makes for good retirement packages I'm sure. Having worked for 3 utilities, I've seen the difference between those willing to work to control cost and this. Night and Day.

I'm a big believer in CHARMA, and it will come around eventually.

Anyway, not trying to steer anyone away, but be advised: the job is good for pay and bennies, but you won't be challenged
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Pay, benefits
Cons
Work environment and lack of challenge.
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Terrible advancement oportunities
Compliance (Former Employee) –  MontanaAugust 30, 2017
If your not related to someone at the company or formerly at the company who is/was in management you will not advance. The company is very behind the times in technology and innovation and could never be a technology leader as they are always looking at what other utilities are doing rather than being at the forefront.

Very high tendency to promote inexperience and those who are not technically capable. If you are capable you are forever going to be the workhorse and will not be promoted.
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Work/Life balance
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No advancement oportunities
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