Puget Sound Energy

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Puget Sound Energy Reviews in Bellevue, WA

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
86 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, Opportunity to move through the organization (in 24 reviews)

  • Great benefits and people, fair compensation (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of talk about "green" but the reality is that the company does only what is required by law, nothing more (in 3 reviews)

  • The rules that govern attendance for all of the customer service division are draconian (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    A worth while experience if you can find an in

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Puget Sound Energy as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company itself is sort of like a big family. I made a fair amount of good acquaintances here and would not mind working for them again if the chance came up.

    Cons

    There are a few people who do work here but only because they couldn't get a job somewhere else. That being said they are toxic and will attempt to infect you with their negative attitude. Also, some of the outside consultants seem to think that they are above you and can tell you what to do even though it isn't their place to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep consultants away from people whose jobs are not supposed to be micromanaging contractors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ruthless

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Puget Sound Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You're working for a pretty good cause. Everyone needs electricity.

    Cons

    Unclear roles. While some are fine, many managers are inept. Some departments (and some projects in particular) are flush with cash, others have to go begging. There were a series of major initiatives while I was there that crashed and burned, costing the company many millions of dollars. Few repercussions were felt by those that made this happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a real, honest look at what you spend customer money on. And fix your PTO policies - they encourage sick people to come to work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good solid company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Puget Sound Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, Opportunity to move through the organization. Great people. Safety is a priority and the company really does care and has great safety promotion programs as well as wellness programs. Retirement programs are very good.

    Cons

    Often too much red tape and paperwork to get things done. Similar to working for the government with much bureaucracy. IT department needs to stabilize. Technology is slow to catch up to current standards in the industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work for...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - STE in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - STE in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Puget Sound Energy as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great traditional American corporation working culture.

    Cons

    All department separate and have own analyst for each team. Each team has unique way doing or conducting work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unify the system through all teams in the PSE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Corporate Communications in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Corporate Communications in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Puget Sound Energy as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced invironment with a lot of great minds surrounding your. Great support team that are there to help you grow. They really care about you getting a great experience. This is like an entry-level job, not an internship. You will be given a lot of real work to do, not just intern tasks.

    Cons

    A lot of change going on inside the Corporate Communications department in the past few years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great work-life balance, limited development opportunities, nonexistent excitement.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Puget Sound Energy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is strong here, for the most part. Most people are friendly and genuine in the lower ranks of the organization. I have met some really great people here. Benefits are pretty good though getting worse for newer employees.

    Cons

    Fire drills are constant. Change is preached but politics drive the organization. Not many inspiring leaders to look up to, more just managers. Things move really slow, especially those with any innovative element. A culture of fear exists in some departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job on people development. The company has invested a lot in it but I think for the most part it's superficial. You can only go so far with classes on how to deal with change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Glad I left

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    Former Employee - Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Puget Sound Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and benefits, strong commitment to green energy and the community, decent compensation.

    Cons

    PSE used to be a very warm and friendly place to work; however it has progressively gotten colder and more "corporate". The culture has become impersonal and is lukewarm at best, which is a real shame. Many hard-working and dedicated employees have left in droves and a number of well-regarded leaders (at least by their employees) have "retired" and been replaced unceremoniously. Decisions are not transparent and communication is lacking. Trust in many departments, including my former department, is very low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Hard place to work but the people are great to work with

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    Current Employee - Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Puget Sound Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are great, creative and smart. They truly have the customers' best interests at heart and as a group can and do move the world when there are impacts to the customer.

    Cons

    Fundamental processes are broken across the organization; lots of resistance to change and implementation of new technologies (we've always done it this way, why change now), a lot of cronisim

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Operations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Puget Sound Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Flexible working hours, but that depends on the management.

    Cons

    Lack of respect for one another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen what people have to say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place if you are not overly ambitious

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Puget Sound Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a lots of opportunity to learn. I have worked with a lot of really good, really dedicated people.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of shake-ups lately and that has impacted morale. PSE is very old school when it comes to career progression. You can learn a lot if you want to, but learning and excelling will not get you promoted unless someone above you happens to leave. We lose a lot of good people because of this.

    No opinion of CEO

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