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"Portland General Electric provided a supportive learning environment for me."

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Former Employee - Management in Portland, OR
Former Employee - Management in Portland, OR
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I worked at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Good opportunities; employee relations; supportive and committed management; extremely service and community oriented culture delivered admirable results in a highly regulated industry.

Cons

Company culture impacted by Enron demise. Integration of management and union employees could be challenging during contract negotiation periods.

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Slow to change. Antique management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are good people here who have spent their entire careers at PGE.

    Cons

    The people who have spent their careers here are very uninformed about successful management strategies evolving over the last 20 years. You're treated like a new hire until you've been here for 10 years. By that time, they've usually beaten all of the initiative out of you and you are content to collect a paycheck and wait for direct orders. If you're looking for a company where you can retire in place, this is it.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire the occasional new person because of their skill set, listen to them. The "PGE way" is going to kill this company.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Stagnant work place with overwhelming change and insufficient resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Above average programs and accommodations including: tuition reimbursement, training, etc
    Annual pay increases (this is sort of a con too)
    Good executive leadership in certain areas
    Very talented employees who do work hard to overcome challenges
    We don't fire people (Which should also be a con)

    Cons

    Too many old people work here (That sounds mean, it isn't intended to be. We don't value people's accomplishments rather, their years of service)

    Poor people management - sorry not everyone is doing such a great job that they deserve a pay increase each year.

    Promotions to management are often for the best workers, not the best managers
    Attitude is fully reactive and not proactive.
    Inconsistent policies which are not enforced and therefore, are irrelevant.

    People hanging on until they can retire - many employees have been moved out of management positions due to performance but have retained their salary.

    There is a huge lack of trust in the company, employees don't trust supervisors, supervisors don't trust management, and management massages information to give to executives. People guard their fiefdoms with all of their energy instead of working harder to improve their outputs.

    Advice to Management

    You need to figure out what kind of company you want this to be. If you keep on this current path, you will have more people walk out the door to companies which actually give their employees the freedom to do their jobs.

    Far too many initiatives that cost significant dollars are approved each year which often return little in the ways of ROI. People do more and more each year so they can simply fill up their scorecard (a childish, end of year report which is intended to prove that we actually did something this year) and make themselves look better.

    You need to get middle and upper level management on the same page. You need to remove a number of middle managers in this company.

    Stop rewarding people for just sticking it out here and completing their meager goals for the calendar year. Truly challenge people by actually letting them have some say in what they think would provide value to the business.

    Trust your employees once in a while, they might actually surprise you. And guess what, people still have value even if they forget a comma or a period in an email.

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