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Portland General Electric Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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Portland General Electric President, CEO, and Director Jim Piro
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Pros
  • There is a great work life balance, and being able to have a flexible schedule is a huge bonus (in 9 reviews)

  • Good place to work for with good benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The company doesn't deal with poor performers, so annual goals are laid out but there's no real penalty for not meeting goals (in 4 reviews)

  • Hires contract and temporary employees stating able to apply for regular full-time positions after one year (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Admin"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, job security, lots of catered lunches, great people, employee discounts

    Cons

    None aside from the occasional office drama you find at any company. Just stay away from it.


  2. "Good company"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong family culture and care for cusomters / employees

    Cons

    No work life balance, limited strategic vision

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company and even better benefits."

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

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

    Pros

    I have worked for other utilities and this has been the best. I am hoping this will be the last company I ever work for, and I am still pretty early in my career. The benefits are amazing. Feel there is a lot of room for growth, but I also feel I have a great supervisor that empowers me to take my career where I want it to go.
     There is a great work life balance, and being able to have a flexible schedule is a huge bonus.

    Cons

    Meetings a plenty!!! A lot of the meetings get in the way of getting work done which can be very frustrating.
    Not a lot of accountability for people who are not productive, which can be very frustrating at times as there is a lot of work to be done. Workload can be very high at times.
    Feel like directors are very out of touch with everyone, and have a high and mighty mentality which is irritating., but then the VP's and board of directors that I have met with are amazing, and don't have that holier then thou that I have seen in other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the flexible schedules! It is a big draw and will help keep the millennial generation sticking around with the company.


  4. "Great company, fantastic people!"

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is amazing. They actually care about the employees and customers. Good benefits, fair pay (compared with local competitors), employee development, and opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Company is slow to hire enough staff to meet current market conditions, which is leading to employee burnout in some workgroups. Many Supervisors/Managers are overworked.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "A Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Portland General Electric was a great place to work. I developed a number of skills managing several complex projects. I have nothing but positive things to say about PGE.

    Cons

    Salaries are not the most competitive. The management style remains hierarchical. Opportunities for change are sometimes resisted and overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Explore ways to streamline processes. Allow employees to utilize technology to schedule virtual client-facing meetings. Allow reasonably flexible schedules, as well as remote work.


  6. "Electrical Designer"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Designer in Gresham, OR
    Current Employee - Electrical Designer in Gresham, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good supportI've environment

    Cons

    Very very busy workload. Customers don't understand how much work there is.


  7. "Customer service rep."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers & great training

    Cons

    A few nasty customers, Just part of the job.

  8. "Starting out"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I am just starting out at PGE so take this review at that. Great supportive environment. Best call center I have worked at. Cares about customers and employees. Great overtime pay. Strong training program.Most holidays off.

    Cons

    Starts as temp part time and work up to regular. Health insurance is high until you get regular. Have to drive to work in bad weather due to electticity outages for customers.

    Advice to Management

    Add somewhere to shower. You offer a gym and you sometimes need employees around the clock. Give them shower facilities.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Business Analyst/ Economist"

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

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

    Pros

    If you like regulatory environment then PGE is one of two Oregon natural monopolies.

    Cons

    It is an old boys network club.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to diversity and inclusion issue.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very welcoming team and company. Challenging and varied work with a lot of interaction internally and externally.

    Cons

    As an intern, it was difficult to gauge my performance. Full-time employees have a way of evaluating annual performance.


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