Black Hills Energy: What's it like to work here?

  • Rapid City, United States
  • IndustryEnergy
Black Hills Energy

5 reviews from employees

kununu Score: 4.1Recommendation: 80%
Breakdown

5 employees rated this employer with an average of 4.1 points on a scale from 1 to 5.

4 of those employees recommended the employer in their reviews.

Team environment, plenty of room for growth, and strong salaries .

4.8
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Black Hills Energy in Rapid City, MI at the time of review.

What I like

Excellent people, supportive environment, lots of training opportunities built within the company and accessible via an online training portal, strong salary and good benefits.

What I dislike

There are a lot of meetings to resolve sometimes some issues.

Suggestions for improvement

With so many specialized departments, it can take a long time to get ideas approved. Continue to focus on being agile so necessary changes can be implemented to support company growth.

Company Culture

The company has a large organizational development department, which means that they invest in improving the environment for employees and offering training and support in many ways that most companies don’t do .

Career Development

You can grow as far as you want to, but as with any where you need to put in the work.

Workplace Safety

There is a major focus on safety throughout the organization. We even start each meeting with a safety topic discussion.

Office / Work Environment

Everyone has a stand desks and the new corporate headquarters as an open concept building with high-tech capabilities and freestyle work spaces all around.

Internal Communication

We have an online communication portal and daily or weekly updates from different departments via email. I’ve never worked somewhere with so much transparency on what is going on throughout the company.


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Intersting place, fair pay, union sucks

3.4
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Black Hills Energy Arkansas, Inc. in Cañon City, CO at the time of review.

What I like

They have decent pay. And are close to home

What I dislike

They should do away with all things related to a Union.

Suggestions for improvement

Bigger Building would be nice, newer maybe too


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Black Hills Corporation - persepctive

2.7
Not recommended
Former FreelancerWorked in Administration at Black Hills Energy in Rapid City, MI.

What I like

The compnay has always provided very good benefits and salary/wages, so I have no complaints in that regard. Growth has always been a factor.

What I dislike

The environment has become very bad and is not the teamwork atmosphere it previously was.

Suggestions for improvement

Senior managment needs to communicate directly with employees rather than relying on what the HR department tells them. This is meeting face to face with employees from time to time. And also realize the employee survey is not accurate because many employees don't feel comfortable that they are in fact answer the questions anonymously.

Company Culture

Company markets a good atmosphere but the growth in the last 10 years has created a very acidic enviornment in which it is okay to trample over others if it allows you to elevate your position. Senior management is told the enviornment is one of the greatest in the country, but that is very false. .

Company Image

Is good because the company spends many hours/dollars promoting the image of the company, as many other corporations od as well.

Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is on posters over the company properties, but when it comes down to it, job activities are the most important and so what ever sacrafices you need to make are expected to be done.

Career Development

Good is some areas of the company, but training dollars have always been one of the first items cut when budgets get tight.

Handicapped Accessibility

Company provides handicapped accessibility facilities.

Overall compensation for your work

Black Hills has been competitive with their salary/wage rates.

Environmental Friendliness

Being a utility the focus by senior managment has been to ensure the company is enviornmentally friendly.

Workplace Safety

Safety is stressed very storngly accross all areas of the company.

Teamwork

Similar to the culture teamwork, while publicly promoted is no longer a good aspect of the company. Again, senior managment is told all is good, but they don't actually touch base directly with employees.

Attitude towards older colleagues

I've experienced and witnessed older employees being terminated directly because of their age. Not performance reasons but more from a budget perspective that terminating an older employee will provide more budget dollars to hire younger employees.

Support from management

I believe senior managment wants to provide support, but they rely on the HR department for the feedback and they are convinced by HR that all is good and therefore never try to validate the actual environment.

Office / Work Environment

As noted previously, the work environment used to be very team oriented, but the company growth has changed the environment into a more individualistic routine, not a team focus.

Challenging Work

The growth of the company and the constant change in technology has always created a challenging work climate.

Job Security

Was good previously, but with the change in culture your job is in jeapordy if it allows someone with ulteria motives to climb the ladder. Do not assume doing a good job will allow you to keep your job.

Internal Communication

Company for the most part does a good job of sharing news and updates to employees.

Freedom to work independently

For most areas I believe the direct line supervisors are reasonble in allowing employees to work independently.


Inclusive / Diverse

Gender Equality

Remarkable: 5.00 of 5

5.0
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Black Hills Energy in Rapid City, MI at the time of review.

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Exceptional: 4.38 of 5

4.4
Recommended
C-Suite / LeadershipWorked at Black Hills Energy in Rapid City, MI at the time of review.

Company Culture

Company Image

Work-Life Balance

Career Development

Handicapped Accessibility

Overall compensation for your work

Environmental Friendliness

Workplace Safety

Teamwork

Attitude towards older colleagues

Support from management

Office / Work Environment

Job Security

Internal Communication

Gender Equality

Freedom to work independently