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Portland General Electric Overview

Portland, OR
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (POR)
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Portland General Electric is a leading energy provider based in Portland, Oregon. Our dedication to serving customers is matched by our commitment to providing PGE employees with rewarding career opportunities. As part of our workforce, you will join our team of creative ... Read more

Mission: For more than 125 years, we’ve been powering our community and helping connect Oregonians to what matters most to them. Today, we’re focused on delivering energy that is safe, clean, reliable, affordable and secure. Our world and our industry are faced with ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Building a brighter future takes commitment, time and openness to change. We wouldn’t ask you to change without first making some big changes ourselves. Read more about our vision for a #CleanEnergyFuture, here: #FullCleanAhead

    Portland General Electric * FULL CLEAN AHEAD

    By working together to make changes both big and small, our brighter future is possible.

  • Today we’re proud to announce the launch of our Smart Grid Test Bed, a first-of-its-kind-project that will integrate smart grid technology on a scale never before attempted in the United States. The project aims to accelerate our vision for a clean energy future through partnering with customers in entirely new ways to decarbonize the grid. Read more about this exciting news here: #FullCleanAhead

    Smart Grid Test Bed

    The way we use energy is changing, and individuals and businesses want a larger role in controlling their energy costs, reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a clean energy future. By working to develop flexible smart grid infrastructure, PGE will meet those demands while continuing to keep energy efficient and reliable.

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Portland General Electric – Why Work With Us?

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 clean 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:

  • Making our existing generation facilities more efficient
  • Building new renewable generation — we’re well on our way to supplying our customers with 25 percent renewable energy by 2025
  • Exploring new sustainable technologies
  • Educating and encouraging customers in energy efficiency
  • Conducting a comprehensive review of our environmental footprint, including greenhouse gas emissions, to ensure we meet changing government regulations.

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.

Our Career Paths

Power your potential at PGE

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.

Generation Plants
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.

Our Workplace

Join PGE and become part of a friendly, supportive culture with a progressive vision
Our guiding behaviors
At PGE, we celebrate our individual differences while sharing certain core values — our guiding behaviors.
  • Be accountable. We take pride in and responsibility for our work.
  • Earn trust. We build trust with our co-workers.
  • Dignify people. We respect and support each other.
  • Team behavior. We put the goals of the team first.
  • Positive winning attitude. We believe success is achievable.
  • Make it happen. We pitch in to help get the job done.

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:

  • New employee orientation — Learn about PGE’s history and culture, and meet our corporate executives in a fun, interactive session.
  • Leadership development — Attend the Leadership Forum speaker series, Exercising Influence workshop and Leadership for Excellence program.
  • Management and business competency — Learn to boost results and better understand our customers and business.
  • Technical competency — Keep your skills sharp through software training, safety and health training, and instruction in a variety of specialized distribution jobs.
  • Line Apprenticeship program — Join one of Oregon’s few line apprenticeship programs.
  • Workforce Readiness Certificate program — Receive training in a range of trades.
  • Mentorship program — Develop enriching relationships in an informal setting to aid in developing and advancing your career at PGE.

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.

  • Volunteering — Volunteer and participate in various cultural and special interest groups like Junior Achievement, the Community Energy Project and the Oregon Food Bank.
  • Gym access — Stay healthy at The Fit Factory, PGE’s 24-hour, employee-owned gym, or the other facilities in our Portland, Tualatin and Salem Service Centers.
  • Electric vehicles — Inquire about use of one of PGE’s two battery-powered electric vehicles.

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.

  • African American Business Resource Group
  • Asian & Pacific Cultures Business Resource Group
  • Disabilities Business Resource Group
  • Gay and Lesbian Employees (GALEForce) Business Resource Group
  • Latin American Business Resource Group
  • Native American Business Resource Group

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:

  • Higher levels of employee satisfaction
  • Higher levels of customer satisfaction
  • Improved safety ratings
  • Better decision and improved financial performance.

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.

Portland General Electric Reviews

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Solutions Architect
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    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time


    I’ve been a PGE employee for more than eleven years, having the opportunity to work in both Corporate IT and Transmission & Distribution. And COVID-19 is by far the strangest work experience I’ve ever had.

    As everyone knows, the news is full of stories about companies facing challenges keeping their employees safe or, frankly, just behaving badly, and how employees are concerned for their safety.

    Even practicing social isolation I’ve had the opportunity to speak with friends, family, and neighbors. The conversation always turns to our shared common situation. During these conversations, and knowing that I work for PGE, I’m thanked for working to keep the power on (though honestly, that is more due to our great front-line employees) and asked how PGE is handling the pandemic… Is PGE providing a safe environment? Have there been layoffs? What about the mental health of employees? Does PGE require everyone to show up at the office. Are managers communicating?

    When I first answered these questions, it dawned on me how well PGE management was handling these challenging issues. Many people are amazed that PGE is so far ahead of the curve.

    I tell them (with just a hint of pride) how my immediate manager keeps our team working together and focused on moving projects forward. How she’s set up multiple recurring staff meetings each week to keep us informed and to listen to and address our issues. And she hosts a weekly “Virtual Happy Hour” that is surprisingly well attended.

    The health check stations in each of our offices. The distribution of masks (including FR rated masks!). The tools provided for those who can work from home. They all add up to a company that is focused not only on getting the job done but doing right by their employees.


    LIke with any company there are always frustrations. Mature employees always look at the bigger picture and realize these frustrations lead to opportunities to improve processes and procedures with just a little effort!

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Portland General Electric Interviews



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    Staff Protection Test Engineer Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Portland General Electric.


    I was contacted by the HR for setting up a 1.5 hour technical and behavior interview . They were not flexible with any other date or time other than what they had decided. I got an email with 2 pdf documents containing one line protection diagram of a substation and another one had a operating diagram. After a round of technical questions for an hour the last 30 minutes were behaviorial type questions. I followed up. They never got back to me after the interview. If you schedule an interview please get back to the candidate with a result and don't ghost them.

    Interview Questions

    • Technical questions related to protection schemes shown in their diagram. Situational questions for behaviorial questions.   Answer Question
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Portland General Electric Awards & Accolades

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Pledges & Certifications

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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