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Bonneville Power Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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Elliot Mainzer
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Pros
  • Great benefit package of vacation/sick-leave/work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Good pay, and benefits and earth insurance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The frustrations of working for the federal government (in 4 reviews)

  • Lower end of engineer pay scale for the region (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Not a bad place to work"

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Upward mobility if you choose.

    Cons

    Govt agency moves slow sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Don't have kneejerk reactions. Identify issues and resolve in a manner that makes sense to field employees


  2. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bonneville Power full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team of caring people.

    Cons

    Terrible executive management outlook. Lost in their silos.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to school and study advanced management skill sets.


  3. "Great way to learn the industry (Student)"

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn and be trained. Very friendly and casual staff. Great work-life balance. Solid benefits and retirement match.

    Cons

    Like any federal agency, can be stifling to work with the government bureaucracy. Death by meetings.


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  5. "Electrical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule and teleworking. Not a lot of pressure. Lots of time off and ways to earn more. Helpful people.

    Cons

    Lower end of engineer pay scale for the region. Lots of federal red tape to get projects of ground floor.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice for management other than to try to find ways to enable the employees to get there work done in a quick streamlined fashion


  6. "Auditor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auditor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Auditor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time

    Pros

    Lots of Flexibility
    Opportunity to promote

    Cons

    Salary could be better
    Ask about promotions criteria


  7. "System Admin 3"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator III in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator III in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bonneville Power full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people. Steady work. Not very stressful. This was the second time I've worked for them but in a different position. Would go back to them again.

    Cons

    Death by meeting. Its the government, everything takes months rather than days. Some federal workers take advantage of the fact they basically can't be fired.

    Advice to Management

    Schedule less meetings, most can be handled by an email.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Look elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent work life balance in some organizations.

    Cons

    Favoritism. Lack of advancement opportunities due to favoritism even though BPA failed their OIG hiring audit.

    Strong entitlement attitude among long time federal employees. Difficult place to work. Slackers are rewarded with light workloads while super stars are overloaded. Both get paid the same thanks to the federal OPM wage scales.


  9. "Management in Denial"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good friendly craftsmen and engineers.

    Cons

    Lots of backstabbing going on. Management cares about nothing but 'reorganizing.' I think they are convinced that chasing their tails will

    Advice to Management

    Come to work every day...not once a week. Represent contractors and BFTE's equally. Call your shortcomings by their right name. Don't make the assumption that all people who talk like nerds or Confucius are smart. They're typically fakes.


  10. "Physical Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physical Scientist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Physical Scientist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good live-work balance. Stable job security.

    Cons

    Slow to advance on GS level after awhile.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Not what I was expecting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bonneville Power full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, days off. Recession proof.

    Cons

    Felt ineffectual. Couldn't develop a sense of purpose to add to the mission.



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