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Updated 17 January, 2018
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  • Decision making high in organization with insufficient delegation (in 7 reviews)

  • A lot of red tape, high volume of work, constant competing priorities between departments (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The best employer I've ever een"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everything is great so far. Lots of opport

    Cons

    None at the moment. Everything is fine.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Important, challenging, fulfilling work on behalf of customers

    Cons

    Stressful at times for employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen to front line workers


  3. "System Analsyt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everything is good. Good holidays

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "Power Smart should be more entrepreneurial!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BC Hydro (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good for technical growth but engineering work is highly procedural. Great pay, time off,

    Cons

    Has adopted herd mentality and utility thought from parent. Highly procedural. Great social pressure to agree to fit in. Meeting decisions made to disperse responsibility. Like working for the civil service.

    Advice to Management

    Direct all activities at Power Smart to reducing energy consumption.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities

    Cons

    Government needs to allow the executive team the latitude to manage.

    Advice to Management

    We need to promote more from within, we are loosing expertise in management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "FT employee review"

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    Former Employee - OSH
    Former Employee - OSH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BC Hydro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Lots of time off.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic. Lack of communication


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Communication Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time

    Pros

    Great overall compensation / benefits package

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy. Challenges with approval processes.


  9. "A real waste of taxpayer money"

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

    Pros

    Smart engineers and good resource management

    Cons

    Extremely political management and many unhappy field workers

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the politics and patronage


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers
    Work life balance
    Good vacation

    Cons

    Quiet office, not a lot of energy


  11. Helpful (2)

    "What are you looking for?"

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    Current Employee - Team Manager in Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Hydro full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy going, pleasant work environment but it can differ from department to department. If you are content with your professional life and have no career aspirations, then you should give this place a try. It offers decent benefits which is what keeps people tied to the job; often for life. Lots of vacation time is also a perk, along with a decent work life balance.

    Cons

    Let me make this clear- You ARE working for the government, and this place rewards mediocrity, sycophants, and political wannabees. The amount of political interference is extreme, especially at the higher levels of management, and the management and leadership is often directionless, and uninspiring. The amount of money spent on useless things is staggering. In my experience with this company is driven by the following:
    -Politics and what their handlers in Victoria want them to do
    -The news media: The company will do anything to avoid getting negative press
    Hydro is dictated and often run by policies around:
    1. Environment
    2. Unions
    3. Safety
    4. Aboriginal Relations

    Generating power and running a profitable business figures way down on their priority list. There have been no salary increases in 5+ years for management and management gets no bonus pay, but the unions and senior executives do.

    Advice to Management

    Management is top heavy and very self centered. They promote friends and relatives to the top and job postings are almost always pre-determined (the top jobs especially). You promote the wrong kind of people and put them in wrong places for the wrong reasons. This company is a political cesspool of inbreeding.


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