BC Hydro
3.2 of 5 52 reviews
www.bchydro.com Vancouver, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 8, 2014

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67% Approve of the CEO

BC Hydro President & CEO Charles Reid

Charles Reid

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Comfortable but not challenging

Engineer II (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I have been working at BC Hydro full-time for more than 3 years

ProsExtensive benefits, wide variety of opportunities to work, flexible schedule, alright pay.

ConsGovernment influence can make decision making challenging. Raises and bonuses were stifled for several years. Highly political. Not a great environment for a creative person.

Advice to Senior ManagementThis is difficult with a crown corp, but if the individual sub-groups had more decision making and less reporting requirements, more could be achieved.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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politics at the top

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Vancouver, WA

I have been working at BC Hydro full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- good benefits!!!
- vacation vacation vacation

Cons- play favourites
- layoffs
- union

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I like it

Dishwasher (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at BC Hydro as a contractor for less than a year

Prosgood salary and good vibe

Conslong hours and stressful work

Advice to Senior Managementgive us more breaks

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No Frills

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I worked at BC Hydro full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits are good. There are still a number of people that work there. Easy to get to work.

ConsA lot of good people left and went on to better things. Mgmt could do much, much better.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Technical aspects of the work have been very interesting, but there is very little support for excellence

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I have been working at BC Hydro full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBenefits are good, vacation time is good, technical aspects of work is very interesting. It is a very large company and there are opportunities for movement laterally into different postions.

ConsEmployee satisfaction survey results are very poor and work practices are under severe public scrutiny. Work targets are managed from a political perspective.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake time to listen to what the employees have to say and take action.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great work life balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at BC Hydro full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat work life balance with good vacation and support for working parents. Lots of opportunity to try new departments.

ConsHave really cut back on support of education and perks and benefits are being chipped away to reduce costs in the last year. Very little opportunity to progress your career passed middle management.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Direction changes quickly based on government influence

Manager (Current Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I have been working at BC Hydro full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPeople try to do a good job, pay above average, benefits above average, work-life balance is generally pretty good

ConsOld school thinking - don't involve employees in change, leadership don't walk the talk, don't value employees, motto: "don't rock the boat"

Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower the organization to make the changes you want

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Poor management

Program Specialist (Former Employee)
Burnaby, BC (Canada)

I worked at BC Hydro full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe benefits. 6.5 weeks of vacation is unheard of and excessive but I enjoyed it. The pay is also good, you will not be paid for similar work as well as you are at Hydro, anywhere else.

ConsBeing in a Union - people are constantly 'bumping' others out of jobs because of layoffs. People are rewarded with pay increases and promotions because of who they know or they have been with Hydro for years, not because they are actually good at their jobs.

Management is very poor and have many who should not be in their roles. There are many managers managing managers managing managers. No one could actually tell you what these people do.

The difference in salaries between Executives and regular employees is absolutely disgusting.

There is no room for growth within the company because it is all temporary contracts.

Morale is extremely low.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to do a total overhaul, get rid of the union tie and trim the fat.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Regulatory Advisor (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at BC Hydro full-time for more than 8 years

Pros*interesting work
*some opportunity for progression but you need to overcome silo mentality.

Cons*a colder less caring place than it was 7-10 years ago.
*still good compared to some private sector jobs but falling behind comparable utilities.
*seems like an eternity that salaries have been frozen.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Engineer I (Current Employee)
Campbell River, BC (Canada)

I have been working at BC Hydro full-time for less than a year

ProsBC Hydro is british columbia's largest hydro power plant.

ConsTemporary position and not extended.

Advice to Senior ManagementCareer goals and achievements.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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