Portland General Electric

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Portland General Electric Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
26 Reviews

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Portland General Electric President, CEO, and Director Jim Piro
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  1.  

    Very loyal to employees, good benefits.

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    Current Employee - Specialist III  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Specialist III in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid pay. Good benefits and stable dependable work environment. Employees are encouraged to move around within the company to other departments to find new challenges and growth.

    Cons

    Takes bureaucracy to another level. Seems to reward poor performance and bad managers. Inconsistent policies between departments. Frustratingly slow to move on anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone telling you what you want to hear is not necessarily the right person to promote. The truth hurts but it's the only way to really move forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worst IT Dept I have ever worked at!!!

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland General Electric as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Location. MIDDLE of Portland downtown and walking distance to shopping and eating.

    Cons

    Too many to list. IT department needs some real leaders. Stay away!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear CIO - get some leaders in there that actually care about their people and the infrastructure. Security by obscurity is not a patch!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great atmosphere to work in!

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Culture is great, people are nice and friendly. The compensation is awesome, but you must definitely earn it! The employee discount is lovely as well.

    Cons

    Some demands can be abrupt and challenging at times but a great company should demand a certain level of production.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would help to provide more possibilities or development of the entry level to the company. Direction and possibilities could also help motivate a great employee!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great pay, great benefits

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    Former Employee - Help Desk  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Help Desk in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay. It's THE coveted employer in the Portland area.

    Cons

    None. I only left because we moved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not keeping up with an evolving workforce

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people -- a lot of the employees here are good, caring people.
    The benefits are solid, although increasing in out of pocket cost.
    The pay is decent although less than others in the industry.
    Professional development (tuition reimbursement, internal development coursework, etc).
    They have a variety of locations throughout their service territory (Portland, Tualatin, Salem, Gresham, Beaverton, etc).
    Ability to have multiple careers without leaving the company if you play your cards right.
    Interesting things are happening within the utility space (climate change, renewable power, electric vehicles, potential for deregulation, etc).

    Cons

    Not flexible with regard to schedules or working from home -- most employees are not allowed to work from home/outside the office (managers believe they have to see you every day).
    Not flexible with regard to family friendly schedules (working condensed work weeks, reduced hours, etc).
    There is an overwhelming amount of change taking place with poor leadership to navigate it.
    Many people have been promoted into leadership positions when they do not possess the skills.
    Poor performers and poor managers are allowed to remain in their positions despite repeated complaints to higher level management, HR representatives, Ethics, etc.
    The executive leadership is not aligned, rigid, old-school, and out of touch with employees.
    The company values are lip service to an extent.
    There is a lack of trust between leadership and employees.
    They are a regulated monopoly and as such move slowly.
    Employee satisfaction continues to decrease and strong employees are leaving the company as the economy improves.
    There is a large percentage of the workforce that is retired on the job and riding out the next few years until they retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees don't leave bad companies, they leave bad bosses. You have a lot of of bad bosses.
    Open up to flexible work schedules and working from home -- your younger, strong employees will leave because of this (and already are).
    The executive leadership team lacks authenticity, is not aligned, and is disconnected from employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great corporate culture

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    Former Employee - Key Customer Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Key Customer Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    PGE has a great executive team and a corporate culture that is family friendly, environmentally conscious and

    Cons

    Competing community interests can put pressure on the organization that may not be in its long-term best interest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Outlook on company dramatically declined

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    Current Employee - Analyst III  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Analyst III in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Nice location in downtown portland.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management, sick day and time off policies, heavy work load, negative attitudes, increasingly unethical, lack of recognition for hard work and talent, high-school mentality, extreme distrust between workers and management, promotions based on favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously restructure how managers are selected and trained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware if in I.T.

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They spend a lot of money on coffee and meals, at taxpayer expense

    Cons

    Totally incompetent I.T. Management staff, even asking employees to deceive internal customers. One lead developer that has a long tenure is extremely rude and any/all ideas not his are dismissed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Stable utility with great sense of community

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time

    Pros

    Values diversity and inclusion; and PGE values the communities we serve. Proud to work for this electric utility. I.T. department does some cutting edge things such as Agile, real-time integration via java/J2EE/Websphere.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rough transition.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Portland General Electric

    Pros

    Environment, culture, employees, location, independency

    Cons

    Role not clearly defined. Treated like subpar because of temporary status.

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