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Bonneville Power Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2019

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Found 83 reviews

3.2
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52%
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75%
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Elliot Mainzer
26 Ratings
Pros
  • "Promote an excellent work life balance(in 13 reviews)

  • "The engineering done at BPA is still first rate(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "The management/HR side of BPA is handled very badly(in 19 reviews)

  • "It was extremely bureaucratic and even extremely experienced contractors had no decision making authority(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "BPA overall"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    very laid back environment and friendly co-workers and colleagues

    Cons

    it's tricky to deal with external stakeholders, especially when trying to set up meetings inside the agency

    Bonneville Power2018-03-27
  2. "Strong government employer with great potential"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bonneville Power full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    *Personnel really care about doing the best they can with what they have *Excellent work/life balance *Training opportunities and ability for professional growth *Afforded site surveys and travel for "context" related to work

    Cons

    *Overoptimistic estimating functions *Inability to execute level of planned workload *Management slow to adopt new ways of operating (anticipated) *Change management functions need maturation

    Advice to Management

    *Continue to integrate best practice *Streamline IT/OT into cohesive enterprise to reduce waste *Increase cross-departmental communication for project completion *Reduce overhead by increasing efficiency and prioritizing workload *Focus upon process development and adherence via accountability *Spearhead more aggressive succession planning efforts

    Bonneville Power2019-04-16
  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Bonneville Power

    Pros

    steady and slow pay raises. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    The work may be repetitive .

    Bonneville Power2018-09-21
  4. "lead general maintenance worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bonneville Power full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and the pay was decent

    Cons

    federal workers do not work hard

    Advice to Management

    Fire the people that don't work hard

    Bonneville Power2018-09-28
  5. "Going Downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time

    Pros

    Highly Technical work, competent workers

    Cons

    Lack of resources - do more with less, clueless management - not technically competent and unwilling to learn their position.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots.... you own/control the bulk power grid. Stay out of tryinng to be everyones best buddy and concentrate on what yiy do (did) best,

    Bonneville Power2018-08-23
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Chronically Poor Management in Energy Efficiency; Contractors are Second-class Citizens"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Public service, low expectations, friendly people. In theory you are working in the long term interest of people in small communities throughout the north west region.

    Cons

    Lazy career feds, poor middle management, infighting, exploitation of contractor staff, excellence is not rewarded, no clue what a VP does all day. Business model is currently in question. In practice you are doing the minimum work needed to keep your job

    Advice to Management

    Burn contracting rules and culture to the ground and start over

    Bonneville Power2018-08-18
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Government Work, it's not for everybody"

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    Current Employee - Public Utilities Specialist in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to learn how to fail.

    Cons

    Unbearably slow and painful hiring process. "We've always done it that way" culture.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hold back career advancement through archaic HR practices. Try to be less like an aging, bureaucratic agency.

    Bonneville Power2018-08-04
  8. "Great people but slow to act"

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    Current Employee - Energy Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with. Promote an excellent work life balance. Opportunities to shift from one position to another

    Cons

    Pay is not exceptional, and your work sometimes gets lost . Even if its a good idea it could be a very long time before you see change.

    Bonneville Power2018-05-24
  9. "Opportunities to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time

    Pros

    Easy to rotate among divisions, good experience

    Cons

    some employees are dead weight, too much resistance to change

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the people that are stuck in old ways

    Bonneville Power2018-04-30
  10. "Supportive Evolving Business Climate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bonneville Power full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible Competitive Understanding Work life balance Telework Great benefits

    Cons

    Performance management Government processes/restrictions Downsizing labor limiting opportunities. Doing the same with less

    Bonneville Power2018-03-19
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