Bonneville Power
3.0 of 5 29 reviews
www.bpa.gov Portland, OR 1000 to 5000 Employees

Bonneville Power Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2014
Bonneville Power – Vancouver – “high-voltage lab at Ross Complex”

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47% Approve of the CEO

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Steve Wright

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48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great way to contribute to the region

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, WA

    ProsGreat Healthcare, Excellent 401k type retirement plan, Direct Community Impact, Community involvement and outreach opportunities, good training and growth opportunities.

    ConsLow pay scale. The complexities of ethics regulations and working with contractors, mandatory contractor/employee ratios can make for difficult and awkward scenarios.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsValuable training was provided for the internship

    ConsNo significant challenges for working here.

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    Very uneven management across groups

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsSteady, if boring, work. There are groups within the organization that are very effective. Once you're hired and past your probationary period you're golden until retirement with great long term benefits.

    ConsSome ridiculously poor management. Also a bunch of "retired" employees who don't do anything. I worked there for over two years and had two colleagues who didn't do anything visible in our group over that whole time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire based on competency, not on formal education. You guys have more MBA's that must have graduated at the bottom of the class than anywhere I've worked!

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

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    Contractors are seen but never heard

    Programmer (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsNothing ever has to be done all you have to do is agree with the employees and make sure they don't look bad and you will stay forever. Pay is amazing for what little you have to do.

    ConsWay too many things to list. They have so many skeletons in their closet that when you gossip about a scandal people have to ask which one.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's not really a company its more like daycare so advice on how to improve isn't really needed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Student Intern (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsRewarding job because work has immediate positive impact on community.
    Everyone I was in contact with was very nice and never hesitated to answer any questions.

    ConsPay is typical government pay scale. There isn't just a ton of incentive to be super productive on a daily basis. There are quite a few slow moments week in and week out which kind of sucks if you aren't in to taking it easy and "shootin' the bull."

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    My experience at Bonneville has been great.

    Cotract Officer Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsWork Experience in federal agency, Job Security

    ConsLimited chance to move around to experience different type of work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    Prosdecent pay, working hours are good, and you get federal holidays off - highly toxic environment to work in

    ConsAs a contract worker you are treated as second class. The company says you are part of the team but in reality you are not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop utilizing contract workers as employees - you treat them as a second class contributor when it fits your agenda ( most of the time) and use them as escape goats when the team fails ( allowing the federal employees someone to point fingers at and take no responsibility)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid Workplace

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work/life balance and solid pay/benefits

    ConsAbility to move to other parts of BPA are strongly influenced by who you know rather than your skillset.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the arbitrary FTE cap so good contract employees can become full time BPA.

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

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    Stable but boring

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsVery stable place to work. Won't get laid off. Pretty good pay for the most part. Government benefits.

    ConsBoring, not much going on. Too many employees for the amount of work to be done, so you do a lot of staring at your computer screen and waiting for the time to pass. Probably not atypical of a lot of government jobs. This is fine for a lot of people, but if you are looking to be challenged and to grow, maybe not the best environment.

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    Absolutely, positively the worst place I've ever worked at!

    IT Specialist (InfoSEC) (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsThere is a cafeteria that normally has food that won't give you industrial bowel movements
    BPA is located on the light rail and two bus stops
    10% of the air intake to the ventilation systems is fresh
    The colors of the walls are Government Beige and Brown
    Items on your desk are hardly ever stolen

    ConsBPA is ``modernizing`` it's office furniture, going from 5'8'' fabric cubicles to desk height partitions
    Contractors are treated very poorly and are frequently released for trivial and arbitrary reasons
    Contractors are given smaller cubicles then federal employees
    BPA's hiring practices are rife with cronyism, nepotism and favoritism (If you take a moment to search on DOE's web site, you will see the hot water BPA is currently in)
    BPA's hiring practices and procedures are un-equal across the agency
    Effort required to process work through change or task management is utterly useless and frivolous. Often this process is nothing but rubber stamped parroting of boiler plate documents
    No clear direction in management style or leadership
    Bad managers and federal employees are shuffled around and promoted vs being dealt with. Their incompetence is frequently rewarded
    Projects never really get finished, they are just re-named and re-budgeted
    Along with these projects, BPA is fond of re-organizing the pieces on the board.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou fail to retain talented individuals because you reward petty, malicious behavior and attitudes. You look down on individual expression and ideas, and praise group think, even when it's clearly failing or poor choices. You refuse to let your engineers use the best tools and instead ham-string them with questionable tactics and technological directions.

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

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