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Portland General Electric Reviews

Updated October 29, 2018
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Portland General Electric President and CEO Maria Pope
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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance; great benefits" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Good place to work for with good benefits" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "No work life balance, limited strategic vision" (in 4 reviews)

  • "But can eventually be full time when openings come up" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "The best company I've ever worked for."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Portland General Electric part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay, hours, incentives, benefits, bosses, coworkers, training. There are always luncheons , company keeps all employees up to date on goings on.

    Cons

    Start off full time then knocked to part time after training. But can eventually be full time when openings come up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Great support to employees.


  2. "EMT-Basic"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EMT-Basic in Port Jefferson, NY
    Current Employee - EMT-Basic in Port Jefferson, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best place ever you should deff work here

    Cons

    NO cons at all love it

    Advice to Management

    rob is the man

  3. "Things are changing - In a good way!"

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

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reenergized focus on what's possible and the future, given the disruptors in the utility business and the shifting workforce. Great place to work with unlimited possibilities because of the changing marketplace. PGE is committed to growing its employees as long as we the employees are willing to grow. if you can imagine and embrace a new future, PGE is the place for this. If you want to maintain the 'status quo', PGE is not the company to join. It's challenging the 'status quo' every day. It has to, to continue to be viable.

    Cons

    More unnecessary churn than there should be. The market and our product is changing internally and externally and we need to all acknowledge that as employees and as a company. Too much focus on making sure 'we're all okay' & not enough focus on 'getting on with it'.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on 'what we will be' and less focus on 'how we're feeling'. We'll be fine. Let's just get on with it.


  4. "Great company to work for."

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

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good culture. People care about what they do. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Wages for a given position are heavily influenced by your previous position/wage, so where you start drastically alters your earning trajectory.

    Advice to Management

    Reassess promotions and compensation. Give more flexibility to managers.


  5. "Support Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Portland General Electric part-time

    Pros

    - Strong management
    - Big project
    - Diversity
    - Benefits

    Cons

    - Monotonous
    - Mentors are few
    - Too specific projects
    - Turn around review
    - Relocation assistance

    Advice to Management

    Continuous training program


  6. "Working"

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

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work for

    Cons

    lots of projects assigned to you


  7. "PGE"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Intern in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Portland General Electric (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to many departments if interns choose to be proactive and network.

    Cons

    The commute downtown is rough, but PGE is very flexible and accommodating.

  8. "Good workplace; IT well-managed; overly PC"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Database Administrator/Developer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Database Administrator/Developer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your area (mine was IT), work is challenging and rewarding, with good benefits and decent co-workers.

    Cons

    As a company subject to lots of both state and federal regulation, PGE often makes business decisions for political reasons. This sometimes overflows into an overly politically-correct culture.

    Low producers, especially those involved in "PC" activities, are frequently favored beyond their real contribution to the business.

    Employees are reviewed yearly (a good thing), but the process is too-often based on overly subjective criteria.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the top ten percent of HR managers, especially those who seem to spend their time constantly changing how employees are rated. Every two or three years, it felt as though annual-review criteria and score-carding were overhauled to fit the latest management fads.


  9. "Provide training employee development and onboarding"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Trainer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Corporate Trainer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Innovative, cares about community, good culture and guiding behaviors, professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Nothing at this time to add

    Advice to Management

    The executive leader team members are top of the line!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Human Resources - Time to get real"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very diverse group to work with, few team members are exceptionally skilled and experienced

    Cons

    Too many changes are being rolled out. Same old trainings with new brand names makes it look like cosmetic surgery.
    It feels like the team has no clue how to run their department and hire more consultants than they need - each with a different opinion on how to run HR.
    Contractors are treated very poorly here.

    Advice to Management

    Rapid changes cause people to crash and burn. Practice “guiding behaviors” - don’t just preach it like a broken record.


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