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  1. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great ED they have for this organization.

    Cons

    Nothing bad I can really say about this organization.


  2. "AV Department"

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    Current Employee - Audiovisual Technician in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Audiovisual Technician in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon Convention Center part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Big company with consistent work and standard policies / clear expectations
    - Good team environment
    - Free access to a multitude of interesting events - lots of variety with new events every few days.

    Cons

    - "The (one) right way" thinking is often encouraged - alternative, good solutions are not always accepted.
    - Work can be repetitive at times.
    - New events every few days means the result of your work is always being taken down to make way for the next event.
    - Occasionally the work can be demanding - physically (heavy equipment) or mentally (stress of running a show or last-minute changes)
    - Work schedule changes often

    Advice to Management

    - Encourage all good solutions to problems when applicable instead of trying to decide on on the "right way". (Sometimes this makes sense, but not always.)
    - Encourage employee initiative and free choice, and avoid specific direction when not truly necessary (micro-management).

  3. "Event Setup and tear down in a high pressure convention center environment"

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    Former Employee - Utility Worker II in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Utility Worker II in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oregon Convention Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits are great, co-workers are generally excellent people who mostly have a team mentality. This varies depending on your shift and day of the week.

    Cons

    They seem to be phasing out full time event set up staff in favor of a part time heavy model. Not a lot of good communication between sales, event management and departments that actually run the events (A/V, Set-Up, Concessions, Catering, Tech Services, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Consider that you have reached a bottom as to the number of full time staff you can cut in set up. Also consider that some of senior management decisions could be contributing to demoralizing your staff and increasing problems with the metrics that you seem obsessed with (i.e. time loss, sick leave use, FMLA related call ins, injuries, etc.)


  4. "Disjointed and poorly organized."

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    Former Employee - Facilities in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Facilities in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oregon Convention Center part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    An opportunity to really build a strong teamwork environment, however undermined my toxic managers. A few good people that form the core but most are looking elsewhere

    Cons

    Gross mismanagement and especially the night crew is one very unhappy place to be. Turnover is high, morale low and mgrs are clueless. The facility is a cash cow and all about how to wring every dollar out of the place yet employees are a commodity to extract resources from. No wonder so many employees are leaving or looking to leave. And despite their mantra, Its NOT a great place. The HR dept is also openly discriminating against veterans and those with disabilities. Stand up people. File your reports with BOLI.

    Advice to Management

    Replace them all with human beings. Sorry, but its the truth. Be better off just starting fresh with new people


  5. "Good job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon Convention Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    management is working toward making it a more satisfying place to work.

    Cons

    Government work, it's slow to change.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your workers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "event custian"

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    Former Employee - Event Custodian in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Event Custodian in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oregon Convention Center (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good people to work with its cool to work around the events that goes on there

    Cons

    no very many hours it doesnt feel like part time it feels like seasonal work


  7. "Application Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working environment and intellectual workers to work with.

    Cons

    High stress work if you are looking for challenge.

  8. "Nbe"

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    Former Employee - NBE in New York, NY
    Former Employee - NBE in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Oregon Convention Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good salary, good training

    Cons

    Travel was high in some cases

    Advice to Management

    More pay. Better overall pay structure


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay, no regard for family life."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Maintenance Tech in Yorkville, OH
    Current Employee - Mechanical Maintenance Tech in Yorkville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oregon Convention Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, great health insurance. Work is not hard, but very dirty. Quarterly gain sharing bonus, not much-but something.

    Cons

    No regard for home/family life-report to work at all costs. Incompetence in upper management does not instill much confidence for the future. Absolutely no opportunity for advancement.