Portland General Electric


Portland General Electric Reviews

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Portland General Electric President, CEO, and Director Jim Piro
Jim Piro
22 Ratings

    all the stereotypes of working for a utility...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland General Electric full-time


    Good pay (read: a whole bunch of overpaid people; the quality of work would be compensated at half the rate anywhere else); good benefits.


    Read anything by Franz Kafka, and you get the sense of how it's like. Not unusual to spend 20 minutes debating what account a 15 minute span of time should be billed to. Lots of managers, painfully few leaders. Promotions go to tenure rather than merit, and consulting with everyone who may or may not be impacted by a decision is emphasized over quick decision-making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instill a sense of urgency in the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Portland General Electric Interviews

Updated 15 Nov, 2014
Updated 15 Nov, 2014

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    Supervisor Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Portland General Electric.

    Interview Details

    3 in person interviews, some of the interviewers seemed to not know why they were present. I thought some of the questions pointed to higher level skills and management attributes, but since have come to realize that though they like the 'dazzle' of high performance concepts and knowledge, the company operates like a behemoth in sludge.

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    negotiated with HR rep by email. Received slightly higher offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

Portland General Electric Awards and Accolades

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The 100 Best Green Companies, OregonBusiness, 2009

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Website www.portlandgeneral.com
Headquarters Portland, OR
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1892
Type Company - Public (POR)
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (CAD) per year
Competitors IDACORP, PacifiCorp, Avista

Portland General Electric (PGE) keeps many Birkenstock-shod feet warm. The company, formerly a subsidiary of Enron, generates, purchases, and distributes electricity to about 815,820 customers in Oregon. PGE's service territory covers 52 cities, including Portland and Salem. Its hydroelectric, coal-fired, and gas-fired plants had a generating capacity of 2,766 MW in 2010, and it purchased another 2,074 MW of generating capacity. PGE also markets wholesale electricity and natural gas to other utilities and marketers in the western US. In keeping with the "green" image of... More

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