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Portland General Electric Reviews

Updated December 31, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance; great benefits" (in 12 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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    • 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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    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. "Slow and steady"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safe and steady.
    Consistent work stream.
    Decent work/life balance.
    Friendly work atmosphere.

    If you want a steady job with great benefits and aren't overly interested in building a resume, PGE could be a good fit for you.

    Cons

    Little advancement opportunity.
    Not much exciting work.
    Dated technology.
    Poor leadership (out of touch, micromanagement).
    Overbearing amount of administrative work (timecards, paperwork, meetings, etc.).
    Meetings. Meetings. Meetings. If you're not in 6-7 meetings a day, the key resource you need to work with is, or your manager is.

    If you want fast-paced, exciting work with lots of resume building and growth opportunities, I would look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild the culture. Don't rationalize changes all the time, just make them and set the expectation that employees will embrace them. This should free up some time to move faster.


  4. "Nuclear Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Rainier, OR
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Rainier, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    Professional atmosphere
    Interesting work
    Too much emphasis on politically correct agenda

    Cons

    Remote location
    Over regulated
    Lack of commitment by upper management


  5. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits (although not what they once were).

    Cons

    Limited advancement potential. Hiring pretty well who you know rather than what you know.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Bag"

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

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very focused on the mission of delivering safe and reliable electricity to our customers.

    Cons

    High School cliques are prevalent.


  7. "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.

  8. "Great company to work for."

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    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.


  9. "Support Engineer"

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    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


  10. "Working"

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    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