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Bonneville Power Reviews

Updated September 5, 2017
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Elliot Mainzer
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Pros
  • Great benefit package of vacation/sick-leave/work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good pay, and benefits and earth insurance (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay scale is lacking, if your not tied to the location you can find better Engineering jobs elsewhere (in 5 reviews)

  • Strong entitlement attitude among long time federal employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "It has been a never ending learning experience. Love the folks I work with."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always something new to learn. Many projects to get involved in. A very diverse and open work environment.

    Cons

    At times there is a lot of movement of personnel, making getting decisions a challenge. A variety of orgs, and tons to learn.may not be ideal for all.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the folks which do the work, support the grid, and be receptive to new ideas.


  2. "executive assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time

    Pros

    Great stability, good benefits and good work life balance

    Cons

    not a diverse company or many people of color in managment

    Advice to Management

    Get more diversity in the organization in management on down the chain

  3. Helpful (1)

    "POWER SYSTEM ELECTRICIAN"

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

    I worked at Bonneville Power full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair wage,benefits,stay away from upper management & you will be fine.

    Cons

    extremely political,not a good place to work period.electricians are not really qualified compared to standard.If you say you are an electrician that's all that's verified.

    Advice to Management

    No help at this point--sell to highest bidder


  4. "Good for government work"

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

    I worked at Bonneville Power full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Important energy and environmental work to be part of.

    Cons

    Government so Bureaucratic decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be as much like the private sector as possible,


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Typical Utility"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of highly dedicated people who really believe in the mission of "keeping the lights on"

    Cons

    Slow to make change/modernize, financially challenged, uses more contract labor than full-time employees (meaning less people who are committed on long-term basis/disposable workforce), and far too much sexism (mostly men in charge/the women who do have leadership roles have to "tone it down")

    Advice to Management

    More hiring of full-time employees, less nepotism/favoritism, and a wholesale effort to educate workforce on up-to-date attitudes on women in workplace


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Has gone downhill fast"

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

    I worked at Bonneville Power full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, relaxed pace, good pay, telework is an option

    Cons

    Contractors are second class, expendable mercenaries. Permanent employees are privileged and the class division is manifest

    Advice to Management

    Changing the contract master agreement from 5 years to 3 years and not allowing for yearly raises is unacceptable. Little to no training opportunities for professional development thus stagnation is inevitable. Performance feedback is nonexistent.


  7. "Program Strategy & Risk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time

    Pros

    It will never go away.

    Cons

    Large logistical hurdles to make effective change.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good for work-life balance, nerds need to work on collaboration and communication"

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    Current Employee - Cartographer in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Cartographer in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good work-life balance opportunities, support family care needs, technologically advanced, training opportunities for those who work hard, upper management tries to create a supportive, inclusive work environment, a lot of diversity training is available

    Cons

    Onsite contractors make up 50% of the employees in many work groups, which can create tension and poor morale because the federal employees get better benefits and overall respect. If you're a compassionate person it can be frustrating. There are a lot of people working in silos - off on their own without collaborating with others. This creates duplication of effort and wasted resources. Its getting better though - upper management has really taken on the task of making BPA a better place to work. Engineers can be very critical and nerdy. Quality of life here depends a lot on who your manager is.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to set the example for demonstrating collaborative relationships. You've made progress in the last few years.


  9. "Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Bonneville Power (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good People in the CBS group

    Cons

    Poor Infrastructure and competing groups


  10. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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