Black Hills Corporation Reviews

Updated 15 May 2015
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Black Hills Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO David R. Emery
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  1. BHC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Dedicated employees at BHC and great benefits.

    Cons

    Workload can be project based which can lead to work-life balance issues at times.


  2. Well run small to mid sized utility with diverse lines of business

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well run at the Corporate level with good to excellent senior corporate management. Broad business diversity from smaller town utilities, coal & gas electrical generation, excellent construction and operational track record, and a diverse non-regulated energy, plus oil & gas division. The company is based out of Rapid City, SD with strong ethical and a genuine regard for employee development.

    Cons

    The oil & gas division is having a tough time these past couple of years. This is due in part to the commodity price declines, but also for relatively mediocre natural gas prone properties and operational effectiveness. Still, the broad diversity of business divisions have been helpful during past years.


  3. Senior IT

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist
    Former Employee - IT Senior Specialist

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and experience. Good coworkers and supervisors in IT. Good benefits and ok salary.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Difficult to stand out since your work is visible mostly to your supervisor and not higher up. Too much emphasis on investors and not as much to employee loyalty. If you are not one of the old entrenched employees, you are expendable. Once you become part of the network , then you are fine.

    Advice to Management

    The bottom line first and foremost is the employee. Invest in the employees and customer service will improve also. Reduce politics and make sure the entrenched buddy system that is in place today is dismantled. The reasons for promoting an employee are not merit based at the moment. This must change.


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    Very forward thinking company with great people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits Career opportunities Pay Co-workers Stable company in stable industry

    Cons

    Old school mentality Shareholder/stock focus vs employee Good 'ole boy system that promotes the wrong people to mid-level leadership positions Absolutely no training outside of online courses by the company

    Advice to Management

    It's great to focus on diversity, profits, and innovation, however, it should not be at the expense of employees who want to be there. I loved working for the company but the company costs itself dearly in failing to keep employees and having to train new ones with unrealistic expectations for some of the new employees, thus costing itself more costs and time in the long-run.


  6. Great company, invests in its employees

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rapid City, SD (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rapid City, SD (US)

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In my position I am trusted to be an expert at what I do. I have a lot of flexibility in my job because my manager trusts my decisions. Company has great benefits compared to other employers in my community. Leadership is open to new ideas and values input from employees.

    Cons

    Heavy workload. Company runs lean to avoid lay-offs, but it can put a heavy burden on employees

    Advice to Management

    Embrace a culture of trust. Share your vision for the future and let them help you get there.


  7. 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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to share here...


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black Hills Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Expand your executive ranks to other business acumen


  9. Not a mature company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Great Environment in Denver

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. It is a ok company but has lots of politics

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Hills Corporation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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