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BC Hydro Reviews

Updated January 29, 2017
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Jessica McDonald
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Pros
  • Enjoyable work/life balance - most days (in 26 reviews)

  • Lots of growth opportunities, good work life balance, 6 weeks vacation days, good benefits and compensation (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Politics delay decision making and sometimes getting work done (in 7 reviews)

  • Politics and red tape on everyjob (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent work culture. Easy atmosphere"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Power Line Technician, Metro Coastal Transmission in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Power Line Technician, Metro Coastal Transmission in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance. Open opportunities

    Cons

    complex hierarchy, difficult promotions, salary can be better

    Advice to Management

    can do better


  2. "politics at the top"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - good benefits!!!
    - vacation vacation vacation

    Cons

    - play favourites
    - layoffs
    - union

    Advice to Management

    - a lot of politics in the M&P level
    - no motivation for people to work in COPE.


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    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, benefits, defined pension and job security

    Cons

    Slow to move up, no incentives to work hard, many re-orgs happening which could have impacts

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for internal resources.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "OK place to make money - but Al-Qaeda style leadership at the top"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to make money if you are a smooth talker or enjoy the radical union scene. Of course you also need to have no conscience as they waste 10's of millions on ridiculous political projects that often get shelved because the executives (or those in power) don't like change.

    Cons

    You have no idea who is in charge - there is a cell network that can explode any time. I had the most uneducated, uniformed director who was politically appointed. She was the worst manager I have ever known of. Managed up pretty well I think, but totally out of touch with the business she ran. Dot join if you cant stand seeing stupid decisions based on price and self service. This needs to be privatized. I would have NEVER said that prior to my 5 years at BC hydro. A few great people led by a few that incent the wrong behaviors...

    Advice to Management

    Transformation from the top, clear requirements for senior managers, independent advice on major projects, Utility commission needs more direct input into the spending, Hire professionals in their field, not evaluated admin staff with no people skills, use employee surveys and feedback, Live the values you say you have (believe me, you don't today)


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Business Systems Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of vacation time.

    Cons

    Too many consultants & contractors, very stressful & demanding, poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more permanent employees and reduce the workload.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BC Hydro full-time

    Pros

    Variety of opportunities go advancement or to get involved in volunteer initiatives. Benefits were great. Good autonomy.

    Cons

    Frequent change = low feeling of stability

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging people to grow and ensure managers get involved in the yearly review process.


  8. "Senior Accoutnant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. compensation and people

    Cons

    Culture is okay with social events


  9. "Gestapo style"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation time are good. People who do the work are great. Pension is good.

    Cons

    Director in my area has no clue. Good at managing up but out of touch and no incentive to change anything. Staff are overworked and it's organizational. Silos. IT systems terrible despite the investment because they bespoke the hell out of an otherwise good product (SAP)

    Advice to Management

    Advice would be to listen to the employee surveys. Company is bureaucratic and Director level management is very very poor in most cases. Time to clear.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Autonomy - after realizing that your impact is limited and understanding what that means.
    Enjoyable work/life balance - most days.
    Crews are the best - being a front line manager has real benefits.

    Cons

    Some days it can be difficult to not feel like direction is given without much insight or forethought
    Impact of upper management not having Utility experience has permeated to all levels of the company and part of crew management is explaining that and the issues that arise.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from the levels of management that have the years of experience required to make the proper decisions. Do not create issues when thoughtful selection is possible.


  11. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off provisions. Interesting and engaging. Good training programs and career development. Culture is changing for the positive.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic. Affected by government decisions and political winds. Decisions can take a very long time and it's not always easy to be innovative.



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