Black Hills Corporation

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Black Hills Corporation Reviews

Updated 2 October, 2014
Updated 2 October, 2014
17 Reviews
2.7
17 Reviews
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Black Hills Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO David R. Emery
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  1.  

    Growing and diverse operations keep things interesting.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation

    Pros

    Many opportunities...for those willing to pursue them.

    Cons

    Hmmm...nothing significant other than continuing to mature structure as growth continues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to share here...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Operations roles are heavily skewed toward only engineers, very limited mindset and culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation

    Pros

    If an engineer, available employment advances.

    Cons

    Engineer culture, old utility and customer service systems, decision makers located only on executive level (2-3 folks!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand your executive ranks to other business acumen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a mature company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers in general. Nice flexibility for things that have to happen during a work day.

    Cons

    Poor pay, mediocre benefits, management makes extremely short sighted decisions based on short term profit. Company constantly spews anti-environmental propaganda to employees and attempts to get them to lobby politicians on their behalf. Meaningless "goals" set by management that have nothing to do with actual productivity or work but directly affect pay and bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have the opportunity to be at the forefront of cleaning up the energy industry but you intentionally fight to continue polluting as much as you can get away with, try to do better.

    Stop making short sighted decisions for the company to increase your profits and start making long term decisions that make the company more efficient and functional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Environment in Denver

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, nice people to work with, potential to learn a lot if you're outspoken about what you want to achieve

    Cons

    Pay for E&P is below average, smaller company so there's not much room for upward movement, not a lot of promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do everything you can to keep those really good employees. They train everyone well and then employees tend to leave for better pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is a ok company but has lots of politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    Pros

    A big utility with good benefits.

    Cons

    A lot of entrenched employees have power over other newer employees and can be vengeful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Individually the managers are great but overall the management culture can be improved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sophomore leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    One of the VPs stated that a trained monkey could do most jobs. So, it’s a great place to work for trained monkeys. Your opinion during meetings is also very important. It helps management determine how best to throw you under the bus.

    Cons

    God forbid you ask for time off while paid as salary. Family illness including cancer is not acceptable, because it’s not been planned. Improvement surveys only help point out the employees to be ostracized and ridiculed. HR will sincerely ask opinions and if you answer, the punishment really starts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Senior leadership; lose the VPs and Managers that act like sophomores and take some leadership classes yourself. The mirror you look into is the reflection of the failure within this company. Your degree does not make you a leader; it only shows that you can blend with the other sophomores.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good job, not a career opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dependent on your manager, can be a good flexible schedule for work/life balance, steady reliable company, good health benefits.

    Cons

    Raises are essentially cost of living-not a noticeable increase, promotions are few and far between, and generally only occur if someone leaves the company. Compensation is at the low-end for industry peers. Management is cliquish. Have heard of at least 4 initiatives to explore diversity and women's opportunities at the company but have never seen anything come out of it.

  9.  

    Big Talk, Little (if any) Follow through

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good matching (401K), Nice people (co workers), Ok benefits and descent salary (for the mid-west)

    Cons

    Upper management is always looking out for the shareholders first and foremost. They talk a good game about better working conditions, safety etc... but when it comes down to putting out the $ its not so important then. I feel this company is one good cost cut away from a major safety issue or disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some employees, get up to date with technology and systems. Get a better IT department and fund them to bring us into the 21st century, make an effort to talk to and understand lower managements needs and employees needs, we do a good job for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    All in all a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, mission, vision, values

    Cons

    Work life balance is not easy to attain, not many varied positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A committed team of professionals who strive to meet the needs of their stakeholders.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company works at a fast pace and provides a lot of learning opportunity for someone who is curious and is willing to ask questions. Challenges to improve your skills and provide value to the company come often.

    Cons

    Most of us are still figuring out how to adapt to significant changes in systems and processes; but we'll get there. Bureaucracy and a hierarchical structure can lead to frustration and unnecessary steps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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