We power our customers’ potential every day.
PGE is a recognized leader in the utility industry and has safely and dependably powered northwest Oregon since 1889. Today, we’re focused on providing reliable electricity supplies at reasonable prices while continuing to be good stewards of Oregon’s environment. In part, that means we’re leading the charge on clean energy in Oregon and we consistently run the most popular renewable power program in the nation.* Find out more in the sections below.
Our Environmental Principles
As PGE works to secure Oregon’s energy future, we also protect our environment.
PGE is working to secure a sustainable, affordable energy future for Oregon. Responsible protection of the environment is a key part of the plan.Oregonians want reliable, reasonably priced electricity. At the same time, they tell us they are concerned about the environment and climate change. That means every day we look for ways to incorporate positive environmental considerations into our work and processes. And because our customers also want us to operate as cost-efficiently as possible, it’s equally important we weigh the financial aspects of these actions as well.Our challenge — and our responsibility — is to balance all of these issues to achieve a more sustainable energy future for Oregon.How PGE is rising to the challenge
PGE continues to focus on environmental stewardship and work toward a more sustainable energy future by:
Moving forward, we will continue to seek new and innovative ways to ensure an efficient, cost-effective and reliable energy future for our customers. At the same time, we will work with input from our customers, community members and key stakeholders as we strive to reflect Oregon values, address climate change and be thoughtful stewards of our natural resources.
If you’re looking for a creative, fast-changing, team-oriented work environment, PGE might be just the place for you. Find jobs and apply online. New job openings are posted every week.
Portland General Electric is a great place to start or advance your career. We’re a customer-driven company, reflecting the values and needs of our business and residential customers, and our internal customers — all our fellow employees. Our focus extends beyond providing safe, reliable and responsibly-generated power at a reasonable cost. We serve our customers and their communities with volunteerism, community giving and a commitment to keeping Oregon a great place to work and live. We also have a firm commitment to our employees and to the public to provide a safe and healthy place of business.
At Portland General Electric we care about our employees’ growth and career development. Beyond our traditional career paths, we provide a mentorship program that allows you to connect with an experienced member of any department, or even a more senior member of your own department. We’ll work hard to help you find the path that best fits your interests, skills and goals.
Sample career paths
Financial Analyst I − A new college graduate with a degree in finance, accounting or a related field.
Financial Analyst II − A degree with typically three to five years of experience
Financial Analyst III − A degree with typically at least eight years of experience
Electrical Engineer I − A new electrical engineering college graduate
Electrical Engineer II − An electrical engineering degree-holder with about four years of experience and an engineering-in-training designation
Electrical Engineer III − An electrical engineering degree-holder with typically at least eight years of experience and a professional engineering designation
Pre-apprentice − This is the entry point to a career in the line trade. You get experience and training in transmission and distribution work. Pre-Apprentices achieve milestones over a two-year period. If successful, the next career step is an apprentice lineman.
Apprentice − Line apprenticeships are offered to qualified Pre-Apprentices based on achievement of milestones and seniority. Completing an apprenticeship typically takes four years.
Journeyman Lineman − A tradesperson who has completed a qualified lineman apprentice program. This career path provides competitive pay and benefits and an opportunity to provide a valuable service to our customers.
Plant Equipment Operator Trainee − Train to become a qualified plant equipment operator at one of our power generation plants. Must be able to read, write and comprehend technical plant material associated with the job. Typical progression to a Plant Equipment Operator position occurs within 18 months.
Plant Equipment Operator − Operate and monitor operation of power plant equipment. Completion of PGE’s in-house training program is required to qualify. Rotating shift work is a nature of this position.
Shift Supervisor − Manage and lead the Plant Equipment Operators and Trainees. Typically requires experience as a Plant Equipment Operator with leadership and management experience.
All PGE employees participate in training designed to integrate these shared values.
Equal opportunity policy
PGE provides an equal employment opportunity to current employees, applicants for employment, individuals with disabilities, and protected and disabled veterans.
We hire and promote without regard to race, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Social responsibility and sustainabilty
Volunteerism is part of our companywide effort to promote education, environmental sustainability, healthy families and vital communities. PGE values our employees’ contributions to their communitiesthrough volunteering and through individual and corporate stewardship in our cities, parks and the environment.
We also award grants through our PGE Foundation to support education, healthy families, and arts and culture.
Support for education
PGE is a strong supporter of education across Oregon. The same commitment applies to our own employees in our on-the-job programs and partial tuition reimbursement opportunities. Visit our benefits for more.
A balanced life
A balanced life means having the time to spend with family and on other outside interests. Ask about flexible work hours, job sharing, part-time schedules, even telecommuting.
You will also have access to our Employee Assistance and Work/Life programs, including a range of materials on individual- and family-focused topics. Learn more in our benefits.
PGE provides a full range of traditional benefits from medical insurance to paid vacation and retirement savings. We also offer a host of opportunities unique to PGE.
Programs are available through which you can develop valuable skills and experience, earn rewards for meeting company goals and benefit from pursuing good health and volunteerism.
Training, education and development
Your career development is important to us. Project assignments are often built around opportunities for you to learn. Major programs include:
Our Education Assistance program also provides partial tuition reimbursement toward the cost of education or preparation for a relevant professional license.
Special employee programs
It’s easy to keep busy — and stay healthy — at PGE.
Diversity at PGE means honoring differences on the inside and outside, including racial and gender differences, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, disability, veteran status and more. It also encompasses less tangible differences, such as diversity of thought, experience and style.
PGE’s definition of diversity
Diversity at PGE is recognizing and respecting individual differences, creating common ground that encourages each of us — individually and collectively — to realize our full potential.
We promote diversity by appreciating the many types of differences in people, and believing that bringing together varied approaches, cultures and views to solve our workplace issues will result in the highest quality results.
Here are some of the ways we recognize diversity in our workplace:
Advisory Committee on Diversity
PGE’s Advisory Committee on Diversity advises management on diversity-related issues, sponsors educational opportunities and events and acts as a forum for staff to improve the experience of diversity in the workplace.
Business Resource Groups
These networks do everything from mentoring and supporting members’ professional goals to hosting events that promote cultural awareness education. These groups positively impact PGE’s diversity efforts by fostering an inclusive workplace and strengthening community ties in order to recruit qualified diverse applicants.
Business Case for Diversity
From our board members to our linemen in the field, PGE operates with the understanding that a link exists between diversity, employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, safety and profitability.
At PGE, we believe that diversity is not only good for our workplace and employees. Diversity makes business sense.
Research shows that companies that truly embrace diversity receive business benefits on multiple levels. At PGE, support of diversity has the following business benefits:
We stand by our Business Case for Diversity, which states that if PGE can create an engaged and inclusive atmosphere on a company-wide basis, we can expect to see results in satisfaction, safety and company performance.
PGE has hosted five Diversity Summits, community-wide learning events that bring together leaders from across the United States and the Portland metropolitan area to share ideas and leverage partnerships to achieve impactful diversity outcomes.
I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 10 years)
PGE is a great company to work for. The employees are some of the best in the Portland Metro area and many are involved in volunteer activities. We have great benefits and a leader in sustainable energy.
We are moving to position the company as a top leader in our industry so there are several changes happening in terms of technology. This can be challenging at times but the long term benefit will position us well.
Advice to Management
Keep working on employee engagement and work life balance for employees. We have some great leadership who truly care about the welfare of the employees not only as it relates to work but also in their personal life.