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Portland General Electric CEO Maria Pope
Maria Pope
15 Ratings
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  • "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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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Portland General Electric part-time for more 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. "awesome!"

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

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everything is good (environment, people...etc)

    Cons

    Can not come up with any cons

  3. "Good Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    -Good pay. -Decent benefits. 401k plan offers two to one contributions. -Comprehensive paid training that gets you ready for the job. -Generally pleasant, caring coworkers that work on diversity projects and care about company culture.

    Cons

    -Poor life work balance. -Stressful job that isn't rewarding. -Little opportunity to move up unless you're formally educated or meet unrealistic quotas. -Micromanagement and office politics that get in the way of productivity. Lots of arbitrary rules and expectations that prevent delivering good customer service. -Little schedule flexibility. Good luck trying to get a second job, raise a kid, go on vacation or...

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    Advice to Management

    Work on life work balance so that employees do not burn out. I know people that had to miss important life events because of staffing issues.

  4. "Kids playing office in mommy and daddies clothing."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tualatin, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Locally owned company.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn’t know what they are doing and love to gossip.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. A customer can’t be delighted when I’m asking them to update and confirm all their contact info just to get a question answered. Don’t claim to be transparent and then dodge questions about work.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Slow and steady"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 20 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...

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    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.

  6. "Nuclear Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Rainier, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 4 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

  7. "Good company"

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      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.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Mixed Bag"

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

      I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

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

      Cons

      High School cliques are prevalent.

    • "Things are changing - In a good way!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 20 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',...

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      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.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Great company to work for."

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

      I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time for more than 20 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.

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