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www.bchydro.com
Vancouver, BC
1001 to 5000 employees
1961
Government
Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
$2 to $5 billion (CAD) per year
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British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, which operates as BC Hydro, distributes electricity to the 1.8 million residential and business customers. The province-owned utility owns more than 46,500 miles of transmission and distribution lines, and it operates hydroelectric and ... Read more

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC
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    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    High Safety orientation; Technologically a little slow to adapt. Slowly turning around from being understaffed and consultant oriented, to full time staff oriented. Many new opportunities opening weekly. Emphasis on work-life balance. Quite environmentally oriented. Starting to get creative (Seed initiative).

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratic, with duplication of work. Slow to get decisions. Political interference in operations by government and opposition parties. Much of the executive are "too busy". .

    Advice to Management

    Work on becoming more effective by removing duplicate forms. Have executive focus on more strategic items and pushing decision making down to the lowest level possible.

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BC Hydro Interviews

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    CAD Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nanaimo, BC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at BC Hydro (Nanaimo, BC) in November-2016.

    Interview

    From the get go they asked about electrical certifications I had -- for a CAD TECHNICIAN JOB. Questions that could only be answered by working with BC hydro or being an electrician. They gave scouring faces when I said "no, no, no ...no? I do CAD, not wiring" They asked about proprietary software that no one could answer unless they worked and got trained on it. There was only one actual CAD question asked, and it was a basic "how do you do X on autoCAD." I knew BC hydro on the island was a closed shop, but this was ridiculous and a clear waste of my time. I am a highly experienced technician, which was why I though they called... The position was for a trainee gig and I think wanting the skills in the interview that they would be trained for is a bit excessive. It as clear they already had someone in mind and are just going through the motions because union. Any good hiring manager knows its easy to make all other candidates look unqualified if you craft the questions right.

    DO NOT believe the AstroTurf glass door reviews. The nepotistic truth about this top-heavy company is easy to find if you look. I think I might have dodged a bullet.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe in detail the steps you would take to install a new power service to a new client, Explain how our delivery billing system works in detail, give us an overview of how our CAD drafting ties in with *proprietary software,* & How would you hook up a new service?   1 Answer
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BC Hydro Awards & Accolades

  • Canada's Top 100 Employers, Mediacorp Canada, 2010
  • Progressive Employers of Canada List, ConnectMoms, 2009

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