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Portland General Electric Reviews

Updated April 15, 2018
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Portland General Electric President and CEO Maria Pope
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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 10 reviews)

  • Good place to work for with good benefits (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance can suffer for some employees willing to put in the hours (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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    • 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. "Great Company - especially for Diversity"

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

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

    Pros

    I have been in similar industries for decades and hands down this is a great place to work - it is a respectful environment that is diligently progressing in technology and renewable energy. So many companies say they embrace diversity yet fail when it comes to actual implementation. It is a rare company that bothers to invest in the time, people and programs to make diversity happen. PGE is a company that walks the talk.

    Cons

    PGE is an older established firm that needs to flex better and is working toward this end. It is a painful process but necessary and are making a concerted effort through reorganizations and new technology implementation.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on course and make sure everyone is held accountable for their performance and make sure managing the non-performers out.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nice Benefits, but No Trust"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Many internal programs for employees to participate in (health, professional development, etc.). Lots of smart, nice people work there.

    Cons

    Very old fashioned, rigid approach to work. Not for creative or curious people. I never felt like I was trusted to do my best work. Management style tends to be paternalistic.

    Advice to Management

    The recent changes to several senior leadership positions has been positive. Trust your employees and they'll do great work for you.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Well respected company.

    Cons

    Terrible orientation and training. Bullying culture and lots little kingdoms. Current management doesn't understand where they fit in the world.


  5. "engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People, opportunity, culture, diversity, benefits

    Cons

    Culture, pace, IT, focus, could only think of four key words


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Latest Reviews on this Utility Misrepresent the Truth of Working There"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time

    Pros

    Some good people at this utility; a place to go everyday; nice office furniture; decent benefits and good pay.

    Cons

    Writing this review because some of the newer reviews are skewed higher than should be. This is probably a 3.0 star place to work, at best, using Glassdoor's rating system. This utility has a lot of nepotism and cronyism. You cannot get ahead without "networking", as PGE executives call it. True networking is fine and expected in any job, but employees at this utility go far beyond that, in many cases very obviously. Some employees have a high-school mentality and can be downright unprofessional, despite their good pay. Many in their own silos not to be disturbed, too, like some managers/supervisors. Employee pension holders--pension was discontinued for new employees in 2009--are apparently untouchable and know it. This results in some under-performers not being corrected or not let go from the company, as the value of their pension would have to be paid out. Company lacks general teamwork mentality, despite management rhetoric, and getting people to help or work as a team can be downright impossible unless it's on a high-visible project. Seems like many departments are understaffed, because workload can be excessive and very fast paced...work-life balance can suffer for some employees willing to put in the hours. PGE executives spray a lot of rhetoric about company individual employee "guiding behaviors" and teamwork, but it's not enforced at the lowest levels of management or supervisor. This really makes PGE executives appear like disrespected, feckless politicians.

    Advice to Management

    Low-level managers: come down from your silos and take a closer look at daily work and what your supervisors are doing. PGE executives: stop spraying idle rhetoric about teamwork and individual employee "guiding behaviors", and start enforcing it with lower management and at the supervisor level.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "IT Staff, easy come, easy go..."

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

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's a few good technical people. The benefits are decent.

    Cons

    PGE seems to condone the hiring & firing of numerous people with impunity. There seems to be NO management accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Managers with high staff turnover should be evaluated for their merits.

  8. "High Contract Staff Position"

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    Current Employee - Specialist Prerequisite Coordinator in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Specialist Prerequisite Coordinator in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An awesome company to work with. Few job turnover.

    Cons

    High number of contract Staff

    Advice to Management

    To create more permanent positions to reduce the number of contract staff


  9. "best job i've ever had."

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

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

    Pros

    best company i've ever worked for. they invest heavily in employees, and show it through compensation, benefits, trainings, and internal transfer encouragement. you come here to work for life. no more job hopping once you get here... astounding work/life balance. after working for companies for years that expect you to work until past dinnertime, this is a 9-5 culture. I'm the last person in the office at 5:15... lights out at 6!

    Cons

    some "lifers"... they have trouble "cutting the fat". over-cautious anti-alcohol policies cause some younger employees to defect to smaller, "hipper" startups that allow dogs, ping-pong, video games and drinking during the day, the whole "google" atmosphere. these are minor however and are the only drawbacks i can think of


  10. "Communications Specialist"

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

    I worked at Portland General Electric full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers and working environment. Good benefits. Great place to learn in a safe, encouraging environment. Great culture of giving back to the community and helping out. I loved my time here.

    Cons

    Very corporate structure -- a bit rigid when it comes to growth, or advancement. Work-life balance is being adjusted, and while it's not bad, there is definitely room for improvement. Management is mostly good -- could be improved in terms of giving managers more time to actually help the team and help individuals grow. Lots of adjustments happening on this team, but overall it's a great group to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to work with other departments better. Allow people to be creative. Let your best and brightest thrive by giving them the opportunities to flex their skills and grow. Show appreciation for those who go above and beyond.


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