Internship (Former Employee) – Salina, KS – October 6, 2017
the guys were vary helpful in teaching new guys eazy to get along with and all ways wanted the job done right. if you didnt know how to do something they would take the time to show and explane how and why it works
Meter Reader (Former Employee) – Topeka, KS – September 27, 2017
Westar Energy is fair to their employees, maintains a good atmosphere. Work recommend working for Westar. The overall workforce at Westar has a common goal, to work together and provide a safe atmosphere.
Administrative Support (Current Employee) – north wichita – July 19, 2017
Most aspects I enjoy and appreciate although do not like the way Westar used temporary employees. One temp has been here 8 years and doing a great job but they wont hire as permanent to receive better pay and benefits. So wrong.
Coordinate crews and work for largest region in company. Respond to trouble calls and alarms. Coordinate switching operations. Respond to equipment failures and outages. Work with Power Plants to provide equipment maintenance and Testing. Work with System Operating Authority to respond to alarms and provide switchmen for various departments. Operate within capital, maintenance and tool budges. Be available 24/7 1 week a month for emergency response. Start time 7 am end time 4:30, but more if necessary. Visit employees in field, perform safety audits on vehicles, in buildings and on job sites. Analyze Test Data on substation equipment. Focus on team work. Culture is difficult due to male domination and union "us vs. them" mentality. Helping the community by providing reliable electricity is the best part of this job. Highly productive employees and other supervisors that work as a team to accomplish a high volume of work is very rewarding and helps me enjoy my job.
Do not have to sit at a desk all day. Freedom move around, go in the field and do office work.
Huge time commitment. Flexibility to make plans is sometimes difficult unless I take vacation.
A workplace in tansition between old and new processes
Team Lead (Current Employee) – Topeka, KS – June 14, 2017
Work at Westar can be both rewarding and frustrating. There are many changes, and a few significant impediments, in process. The most enjoyable part of working here is that they do have many competent and fun people working here. The frustrating part is that many decisions are made in a fairly non-transparent way.
Analyst (Former Employee) – Topeka, KS – April 28, 2017
Due to the botched merger with KCP&L, this company is now viewed as a bad one to work for. Most of the people are good people but the way the entire corporate team kept hammering home that the deal was a sure thing really has turned off a lot of people. We went through the entire year long process that included new roles being laid out, people getting promotions and demotions, and people who chose not to join the new company and take a severance. Now the deal has failed and they expect everything to go back to normal, it's "business as usual" as they like to say. We won't really know what damage this abortion of a merger will create for a few months. Who knows, maybe the "For Sale" sign will go back up in the front yard and the whole process starts over again. That would be really good for employee morale.
IT Configuration Support Technician (Former Employee) – Topeka, KS – January 30, 2017
Great place, great atmosphere, productive work environment, and great management. Typical work day was receiving good and doing a count, entering the data in the computer system. Also ensuring computers returned were wiped and no sensitive information is present on the drive.
A typical day at work consists of meetings, running lots of queries to obtain data, and compiling data into a format that summarizes information that is beneficial to the particular end user. There is some math involved, but the majority of the work has to do with turning numbers into a narrative.
Westar Energy has long been known as a great employer. Unfortunately the culture has changed as demands have greatly increased on the employees. Moral is declining as generating units are shutting down and jobs are being eliminated or moved.
Relay Tech II Apprentice (Current Employee) – Salina, KS – May 18, 2016
Never know what a standard day of work would be in the world of electricity. I have grown a tremendous amount in the 2 years of employment with Westar Energy. Great people to work around. The hardest part of the job is getting the training needed to succeed in the Relay Apprenticeship program.
Great pay and benifits
Lack of up to date training on equipment and tools.
The company pays great and benefits are good. Working in the call center can be stressful and has a high burn-out rate. It's very difficult to move up unless you are related to upper management or a hand selected young recent college graduate. Most advancement opportunities are not open to all employees. Most are only open to those invited to apply. Getting time off for a doctor's appointment can be very difficult because employees are limited to scheduling the appointment two hours at the beginning or end of your shift. This wasn't a problem for me, but for those with children, they may want to consider the lack of flexibility.
No flexibility, restrictive advancement opportunities