Xcel Energy has an old school culture with overly defined career paths. Its a great company for people specifically interested in trades.
GAS FITTER APPRENTICE I (Former Employee) – Boulder, CO – September 18, 2018
Xcel Energy has 2 specific sides of the company, union and administration. If you pick one, you typically have to quit to move to the other side. There are a small percentage that move after years of investment. If you are over qualified, you are considered a threat to line level management. As a result, there are some toxic political games and the management from line level to Director positions is typically unqualified and under developed. At my last position, there was a significantly unethical nepotism problem. In essence, if you weren't drinking buddy's with one of the family members, your potential for being successful in your position was dramatically reduced. Xcel is not the worst company to work for, but they are in need of serious cultural changes.