Westar Energy, Inc. at a Glance


  • Largest provider of electricity within the state of Kansas.
  • Offers careers at a variety of levels with the promise of competitive salaries and benefits within a positive, respectful environment.


  • Limited training opportunities.
  • Regional firm (not well known nationally).

The Bottom Line

  • While its industry reputation is strong, Westar Energy fails to rank on national lists which recognize best workplaces.

About Westar Energy, Inc.

Energizing the Sunflower State

Headquartered in Topeka, Kan., Westar Energy is a Fortune 1000 company and the largest electric energy provider in Kansas, employing about 2,400 people and serving nearly 700,000 customers in east and east-central Kansas. Westar's energy centers generate more than 7,000 megawatts of electricity, and the firm operates and coordinates 35,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines. Westar is the leader in renewable energy in Kansas and has helped propel Kansas to be a national leader in green energy. The firm harvests energy from the wind, sun and landfill gas.

In an effort to create innovative environmental solutions, Westar's engineers have developed methods to reduce emissions at its coal-fired plants, and the firm's environmental experts have developed and installed a first-of-its-kind wetland to treat scrubber wastewater using the wetland's natural, sustainable process to reduce all pollutants to required levels. 

In addition, through strategic community partnerships, Westar helps energy consumers learn about the processes and technologies behind the infrastructure. The firm constructed Education Station, a one-of-a-kind working substation, at Topeka Public Schools' Kanza Education and Science Park to explain the flow of electricity from generation to end user. It also partners with local school districts, non-profit organizations, and government agencies on solar projects that benefit Kansas organizations and help prepare the state for solar energy.


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Westar Energy, Inc.

818 S Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66612-1203
Phone: 1 (785) 575-6300


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: WR
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • Chairman: Charles Chandler
  • CEO and Director: Mark Ruelle
  • Senior Vice President & CFO: Tony Somma
  • 2017 Employees: 2,205

Major Office Locations

  • Topeka, KS

Other Locations

  • Abilene, KS
  • Colwich, KS
  • El Dorado, KS
  • Hiawatha, KS
  • Hutchinson, KS
  • Independence, KS
  • Kingman, KS
  • Lawrence, KS
  • Manhattan, KS
  • Parsons, KS
  • Saint Marys, KS
  • Shawnee, KS
  • Tecumseh, KS
  • Wichita, KS
  • Miami, OK
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