Portland General Electric – Why Work For Us?

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We power our customers’ potential every day.

PGE is a recognized leader in the utility industry and has safely and dependably powered northwest Oregon since 1889. Today, we’re focused on providing reliable electricity supplies at reasonable prices while continuing to be good stewards of Oregon’s environment. In part, that means we’re leading the charge on clean energy in Oregon and we consistently run the most popular renewable power program in the nation.* Find out more in the sections below.

Our Environmental Principles

As PGE works to secure Oregon’s energy future, we also protect our environment.

PGE is working to secure a sustainable, affordable energy future for Oregon. Responsible protection of the environment is a key part of the plan.Oregonians want reliable, reasonably priced electricity. At the same time, they tell us they are concerned about the environment and climate change. That means every day we look for ways to incorporate positive environmental considerations into our work and processes. And because our customers also want us to operate as cost-efficiently as possible, it’s equally important we weigh the financial aspects of these actions as well.Our challenge — and our responsibility — is to balance all of these issues to achieve a more sustainable energy future for Oregon.How PGE is rising to the challenge
PGE continues to focus on environmental stewardship and work toward a more sustainable energy future by:

  • Making our existing generation facilities more efficient
  • Building new renewable generation — we’re well on our way to supplying our customers with 25 percent renewable energy by 2025
  • Exploring new sustainable technologies
  • Educating and encouraging customers in energy efficiency
  • Conducting a comprehensive review of our environmental footprint, including greenhouse gas emissions, to ensure we meet changing government regulations.

Moving forward, we will continue to seek new and innovative ways to ensure an efficient, cost-effective and reliable energy future for our customers. At the same time, we will work with input from our customers, community members and key stakeholders as we strive to reflect Oregon values, address climate change and be thoughtful stewards of our natural resources.

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If you’re looking for a creative, fast-changing, team-oriented work environment, PGE might be just the place for you. Find jobs and apply online. New job openings are posted every week.

Portland General Electric is a great place to start or advance your career. We’re a customer-driven company, reflecting the values and needs of our business and residential customers, and our internal customers — all our fellow employees. Our focus extends beyond providing safe, reliable and responsibly-generated power at a reasonable cost. We serve our customers and their communities with volunteerism, community giving and a commitment to keeping Oregon a great place to work and live. We also have a firm commitment to our employees and to the public to provide a safe and healthy place of business.

Our Career Paths

Power your potential at PGE

At Portland General Electric we care about our employees’ growth and career development. Beyond our traditional career paths, we provide a mentorship program that allows you to connect with an experienced member of any department, or even a more senior member of your own department. We’ll work hard to help you find the path that best fits your interests, skills and goals.

Sample career paths
Professional
Financial Analyst I − A new college graduate with a degree in finance, accounting or a related field.
Financial Analyst II − A degree with typically three to five years of experience
Financial Analyst III − A degree with typically at least eight years of experience

Electrical Engineer I − A new electrical engineering college graduate
Electrical Engineer II − An electrical engineering degree-holder with about four years of experience and an engineering-in-training designation
Electrical Engineer III − An electrical engineering degree-holder with typically at least eight years of experience and a professional engineering designation

Trades
Pre-apprentice − This is the entry point to a career in the line trade. You get experience and training in transmission and distribution work. Pre-Apprentices achieve milestones over a two-year period. If successful, the next career step is an apprentice lineman.
Apprentice − Line apprenticeships are offered to qualified Pre-Apprentices based on achievement of milestones and seniority. Completing an apprenticeship typically takes four years.
Journeyman Lineman − A tradesperson who has completed a qualified lineman apprentice program. This career path provides competitive pay and benefits and an opportunity to provide a valuable service to our customers.

Generation Plants
Plant Equipment Operator Trainee − Train to become a qualified plant equipment operator at one of our power generation plants. Must be able to read, write and comprehend technical plant material associated with the job. Typical progression to a Plant Equipment Operator position occurs within 18 months.
Plant Equipment Operator − Operate and monitor operation of power plant equipment. Completion of PGE’s in-house training program is required to qualify. Rotating shift work is a nature of this position.
Shift Supervisor − Manage and lead the Plant Equipment Operators and Trainees. Typically requires experience as a Plant Equipment Operator with leadership and management experience.

Our Workplace

Join PGE and become part of a friendly, supportive culture with a progressive vision
 
Our guiding behaviors
At PGE, we celebrate our individual differences while sharing certain core values — our guiding behaviors.
  • Be accountable. We take pride in and responsibility for our work.
  • Earn trust. We build trust with our co-workers.
  • Dignify people. We respect and support each other.
  • Team behavior. We put the goals of the team first.
  • Positive winning attitude. We believe success is achievable.
  • Make it happen. We pitch in to help get the job done.

All PGE employees participate in training designed to integrate these shared values.

Equal opportunity policy

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PGE provides an equal employment opportunity to current employees, applicants for employment, individuals with disabilities, and protected and disabled veterans.

We hire and promote without regard to race, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Social responsibility and sustainabilty
Volunteerism is part of our companywide effort to promote education, environmental sustainability, healthy families and vital communities. PGE values our employees’ contributions to their communitiesthrough volunteering and through individual and corporate stewardship in our cities, parks and the environment.

We also award grants through our PGE Foundation to support education, healthy families, and arts and culture. 

Support for education
PGE is a strong supporter of education across Oregon. The same commitment applies to our own employees in our on-the-job programs and partial tuition reimbursement opportunities. Visit our benefits for more. 

A balanced life
A balanced life means having the time to spend with family and on other outside interests. Ask about flexible work hours, job sharing, part-time schedules, even telecommuting.

You will also have access to our Employee Assistance and Work/Life programs, including a range of materials on individual- and family-focused topics. Learn more in our benefits.

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PGE provides a full range of traditional benefits from medical insurance to paid vacation and retirement savings. We also offer a host of opportunities unique to PGE.

Programs are available through which you can develop valuable skills and experience, earn rewards for meeting company goals and benefit from pursuing good health and volunteerism.

Training, education and development
Your career development is important to us. Project assignments are often built around opportunities for you to learn. Major programs include:

  • New employee orientation — Learn about PGE’s history and culture, and meet our corporate executives in a fun, interactive session.
  • Leadership development — Attend the Leadership Forum speaker series, Exercising Influence workshop and Leadership for Excellence program.
  • Management and business competency — Learn to boost results and better understand our customers and business.
  • Technical competency — Keep your skills sharp through software training, safety and health training, and instruction in a variety of specialized distribution jobs.
  • Line Apprenticeship program — Join one of Oregon’s few line apprenticeship programs.
  • PGE Corporate University — Earn credits toward degree programs at Clackamas Community College, Marylhurst University, Eastern Oregon University, George Fox University, Oregon Institute of Technology or Willamette University.
  • Workforce Readiness Certificate program — Receive training in a range of trades.
  • Mentorship program — Develop enriching relationships in an informal setting to aid in developing and advancing your career at PGE.

Our Education Assistance program also provides partial tuition reimbursement toward the cost of education or preparation for a relevant professional license.

Special employee programs
It’s easy to keep busy — and stay healthy — at PGE.

  • Volunteering — Volunteer and participate in various cultural and special interest groups like Junior Achievement, the Community Energy Project and the Oregon Food Bank.
  • Gym access — Stay healthy at The Fit Factory, PGE’s 24-hour, employee-owned gym, or the other facilities in our Portland, Tualatin and Salem Service Centers.
  • Electric vehicles — Inquire about use of one of PGE’s two battery-powered electric vehicles.

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Diversity at PGE means honoring differences on the inside and outside, including racial and gender differences, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, disability, veteran status and more. It also encompasses less tangible differences, such as diversity of thought, experience and style.

PGE’s definition of diversity
Diversity at PGE is recognizing and respecting individual differences, creating common ground that encourages each of us — individually and collectively — to realize our full potential.

We promote diversity by appreciating the many types of differences in people, and believing that bringing together varied approaches, cultures and views to solve our workplace issues will result in the highest quality results.

Here are some of the ways we recognize diversity in our workplace:

Advisory Committee on Diversity
PGE’s Advisory Committee on Diversity advises management on diversity-related issues, sponsors educational opportunities and events and acts as a forum for staff to improve the experience of diversity in the workplace.

Business Resource Groups
These networks do everything from mentoring and supporting members’ professional goals to hosting events that promote cultural awareness education. These groups positively impact PGE’s diversity efforts by fostering an inclusive workplace and strengthening community ties in order to recruit qualified diverse applicants.

  • African American Business Resource Group
  • Asian & Pacific Cultures Business Resource Group
  • Disabilities Business Resource Group
  • Gay and Lesbian Employees (GALEForce) Business Resource Group
  • Latin American Business Resource Group
  • Native American Business Resource Group

Business Case for Diversity
From our board members to our linemen in the field, PGE operates with the understanding that a link exists between diversity, employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, safety and profitability.

At PGE, we believe that diversity is not only good for our workplace and employees. Diversity makes business sense.

Research shows that companies that truly embrace diversity receive business benefits on multiple levels. At PGE, support of diversity has the following business benefits:

  • Higher levels of employee satisfaction
  • Higher levels of customer satisfaction
  • Improved safety ratings
  • Better decision and improved financial performance.

We stand by our Business Case for Diversity, which states that if PGE can create an engaged and inclusive atmosphere on a company-wide basis, we can expect to see results in satisfaction, safety and company performance.

Diversity Summit
PGE has hosted five Diversity Summits, community-wide learning events that bring together leaders from across the United States and the Portland metropolitan area to share ideas and leverage partnerships to achieve impactful diversity outcomes.

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    -Great team to work with
    -Decent Pay
    -Very friendly employees in different fields in same building
    -Fast turnaround on any projects that needed help from specialists/drafters

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    -Monotonous work
    -Some work wasn't specified or very clear
    -Weekly safety meetings were sometimes very long for unneeded reasons
    -Many safety related messages that seemed unnecessary

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    Stressing safety for certain employees was good, but it seemed that they went a little overboard with it. Many office workers didn't see the point of the weekly safety meetings.

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The 100 Best Green Companies, OregonBusiness, 2009

Additional Info

Website www.portlandgeneral.com
Headquarters Portland, OR
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1892
Type Company - Public (POR)
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Competitors IDACORP, PacifiCorp, Avista

Portland General Electric (PGE) keeps many Birkenstock-shod feet warm. The company, formerly a subsidiary of Enron, generates, purchases, and distributes electricity to about 815,820 customers in Oregon. PGE's service territory covers 52 cities, including Portland and Salem. Its hydroelectric, coal-fired, and gas-fired plants had a generating capacity of 2,766 MW in 2010, and it purchased another 2,074 MW of generating capacity. PGE also markets wholesale electricity and natural gas to other utilities and marketers in the western US. In keeping with the "green" image of... More

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