BC Hydro Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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BC Hydro President & CEO Charles Reid
Charles Reid
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Pros
  • Great work life balance with good vacation and support for working parents (in 12 reviews)

  • Benefits are good, vacation time is good, technical aspects of work is very interesting (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Slow decision making may keep your motivation down (in 3 reviews)

  • There are many managers managing managers managing managers (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Excellent work culture. Easy atmosphere

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Power Line Technician, Metro Coastal Transmission in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Power Line Technician, Metro Coastal Transmission in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BC Hydro

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

    Pros

    good work life balance. Open opportunities

    Cons

    complex hierarchy, difficult promotions, salary can be better

    Advice to Management

    can do better


  2. politics at the top

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - good benefits!!!
    - vacation vacation vacation

    Cons

    - play favourites
    - layoffs
    - union

    Advice to Management

    - a lot of politics in the M&P level
    - no motivation for people to work in COPE.


  3. IT Advisor

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

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In general, staff are friendly, hard working and dedicated . Great benefits, proximity to Sky Train, formal and in-house training, first class offices and amenities (fitness centre), good corporate citizen in the community

    Cons

    Much turmoil due to constant re-organizations, lay-offs and project cancellations. Slow to embrace software upgrades and technological advances. Change is slow due to long capital approval process.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with technological changes and minimize unnecessary change to the work place. eg. changing IT service providers, departments are frequently moved to different physical locations.


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  5. engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BC Hydro

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    solid work. good pension plan. lots of flexdays

    Cons

    politics. politics, politics and politics


  6. More layoffs, same poor senior management in place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time

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

    Pros

    Pension. Time-off, if you actually have time to take it.

    Cons

    Another re-org to improve performance in April, but just a shuffling of chairs in senior management. Too bad, because lack experience and basic skills at this level severely impedes the organization. Happened three times since I've been at Hydro - every time one or two seniors leaders with particularly spectacular screw-ups will be laid off, a few more will be demoted or shuffled into a minor portfolios, but most lay-offs will be professionals and office-based union employees. People with the right education, 10, 20, 30 years experience and no obvious performance issues walked out the door, while leaders who are widely known to be incompetent are still in place. I guess they just blame their staff?!

    Advice to Management

    I won't bother with advice to management, as there are numerous offers to employees to provide feedback and none make any difference. How can you tell your VP, Director or Manager that the biggest improvement they could make for the company is to quit and let a competent person take their positions?

    Advice to those thinking of working at BC Hydro: don't. You'll come here and get hooked by the pension, the interesting work and many experienced (and great) consultants and professionals. You'll get flummoxed, frustrated and eventually worn down by terrible management. Your career will stagnate and your confidence and self-belief will falter... You'll stay because the pension. Next thing you know you're 10 yrs in and being walked out the door because you manager with no prior experience finds you 'difficult' because you have a different (more informed) opinion than them... not worth it.


  7. Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at BC Hydro full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for to establish a solid career.

    Cons

    The company is highly political and power struggle is very much evident in this culture.

    Advice to Management

    Managements need to listed to junior staff.


  8. lineman

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BC Hydro

    Pros

    Enjoyed working outdoors,.travel around province.Good wages. Interesting trade. Good guys to work with

    Cons

    the only thing was they make your salary public.


  9. Decent pay & Benefits. Work Culture is Abysmal.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Care Specialist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Care Specialist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at BC Hydro

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

    Pros

    Decent pay & good benefits. It's a huge organization, so if you play the politics right, you can move sideways or upwards and find yourself in more interesting positions.

    Cons

    It's a huge organization, so there are a LOT of politics at work, literally as well as figuratively. You're at the whims of the current provincial gov, so if they decide to make massive cuts, you could find your whole department on a chopping block. If you survive, you'll be doing the work of 2 or 3 other people who were let go. Decisions are often made based on the political climate, rather than good business judgment.
    It's very hierarchical, at least in the department I worked in. Very large, fragile egos that demanded respect for the hierarchy, so you always had to 'know your place'. For the first time in ages, I found myself working with a 'clock-punching' mentality, and felt like I was watched every time I went for a break. The appearance of working seems much more important than actually getting work done.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize results, not hours spent at a desk. Employees who can have a little more freedom to structure their day and get time away from the desk will be much more productive, creative and enjoyable to work with. Stop fostering an environment of distrust and micromanagement.


  10. Cable Splicer

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

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time

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

    Pros

    Great people and environment. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    stressful jobs, some co-workers are very timid

    Advice to Management

    should promote equal opportunity to all


  11. Receptionist

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

    I worked at BC Hydro

    Pros

    nice company to work for. very friendly staff. Very comfortable working environment

    Cons

    Compensation not very competitive. Needs Improvement



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