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Satisfying career but difficult management
Power Systems Electrician (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORNovember 13, 2017
Satisfying career but difficult management. Worked here for 26 years. Worked in many different facets and environments and locations. Learned very much and overall It was a good experience.
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Great people good learning environment.
Transmission Scheduler (Current Employee) –  Spokane, WAOctober 1, 2017
Bonneville is a great place to work. Very friendly staff and an overall great place to begin your career in the utility industry. I would recommend Bonneville to any college or military veteran seeking employment with the federal government.
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Flexibility
Administrative Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAAugust 16, 2017
Flexibility with family needs if you have the right manager.
They don't always give you the tools to do your job most effectively and with the best time management.
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had a great career therre. got good promotions. great pay and lots of awards. o
Legal Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  office of General CounselAugust 5, 2017
Had a great career there. Got good promotions, great pay, and lots of awards. Great place to work. Had good supervisors, and enjoyed working with my coworkers.
Pros
outstanding pay and benefits
Cons
stressful at times.
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IG Report showed bullying and retaliation by management
Contract Administrator (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WAAugust 1, 2017
BPA management has a documented history of bullying and retaliation. The IG report can be found online. They list their hiring authority for 18 months!
Pros
Pay is adequate
Cons
Management abusive
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everything you expect working for the government to be
Project Manager/Sr. Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAJuly 24, 2017
BPA is a place where everything is done by committee. Nobody is in a hurry to do anything, and if it doesn't get done on time, it's OK. Nobody is held accountable for anything. If everyone doesn't agree on what to do or how to move forward, you just keep trying to convince the people that don't agree why they should change their mind until either they do, or some other high priority thing takes everyone's attention.
Pros
flexible hours. not a lot of pressure. even contractors can stay for years and years.
Cons
they keep doing the same work over and over again, because they never address the root cause of their problems. they have multiple IT organization, communication is terrible
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Its an example of Federal Government work
Decline to include as it would target me (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORMay 11, 2017
They are in a constant state of flux. A reorganization is there way of fixing problems, unfortunately this leads to unneeded departments and bickering between managers.
Managers seem to be always emotional. I sat in many meetings where one manager would say to the other "I'm not cooperating with you, what are you going to do about it?" They would then leave the meeting. This created lots of stagnation and poor to no coordination between departments.
The employees in my department were constantly stabbing each other in the back and smiling to your face.
Its not an environment where you can succeed as there is always someone waiting to shoot you down.
The benefits are just so-so, actually nearly worst I have every head as compared to all the non-government companies I have worked for.

My suggestion would be only use a position there to gain knowledge and jump to a position outside of Federal service.

Beware the micromanagement, its very intense. Your better off being a contractor then a full time Federal employee.
Pros
Parking, training
Cons
Micromanegment and lack of cooperation between employees
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Mixed bag, leaning towards negative
PROJECT MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAMay 2, 2017
Pros:
Contractors generally get paid well

Cons:
Zero security, even if they say contractor stay for years. It all depends on the situation, but you can lose your job at any time, with no notice.
Wrong department = miserable experience. A lot of contractors are treated like second class citizens.
No pay increases for three year periods
No education/ advancement
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Secure position in an energy management organization
Human Resources Specialist (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORApril 7, 2017
BPA’s mission is to deliver safe, reliable power and transmission service. To achieve these things, BPA needs a strong, capable workforce that is also lean and efficient. BPA’s has goals to provide employees a safe, positive, inclusive work environment; put them in the best position to succeed and offer opportunities for advancement; and attract, recruit and retain the right people with the skills needed for the energy industry of the future.
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Great place to work if you're patient!
Business Process Analyst and Sr. Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORJanuary 18, 2017
Great people, good culture, great facilities, but very political. Since this is a Federal Agency, the decision process takes a very long time to complete.
Pros
Great Cafe for breakfast and lunch
Cons
Takes too long to make decisions!
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Problems in Bureacracy
Production Artist/Media Specialist II (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORJanuary 8, 2017
My manager was great, but much of the structure is difficult to deal with. Work environment was good. Very slow to get progressive changes done, just too much red tape.
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Flexibility and family friendly
Administrative Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WAOctober 24, 2016
Great people and great work environment. Management believes in a work/family balance. Pay is good and ability to flex hours is a huge plus in working here.
Pros
Flexibility
Cons
Contract positions benefits very expensive
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Coworkers are wonderful, and learning opportunities abound.
Paralegal Support; Word Processor, Contracts (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORAugust 24, 2016
In a typical day at work I received a steady flow of work that included technical terms of electrical and electronics engineering, contract boilerplate, a bit of civil engineering, federal environmental law, and many place names in five states. Management and co-workers were congenial and appreciative of the support I provided. The hardest part of the job coincided with republican Presidents; downsizing was given several names, including re-engineering and reorganization; but always led to more empty desks. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting deadlines; hardest part of the job was working hard to meet deadlines, then having deadlines extended.
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Large government entity built on providing power to the Pacific Northwest
Program Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WAAugust 10, 2016
I have the opportunity to help stand up a new security team, in a business analyst/project coordinator role, that was created to help implement new processes, problem solve solutions, and develop methods of tracking/controls to assist in heightening BPA's security posture while keeping in compliance with regulatory NERC CIP utility standards.
Pros
Wealth of knowledge from senior professionals
Cons
Limited mobility
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Great work life balance!
Sr. Business Systems Analyst - DevOps (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WAJune 22, 2016
Bonneville Power Administration has a great work life balance and everyone is very friendly. The systems can be a bit behind the current market but otherwise it's a great place to work.
Pros
The teams
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Integrating third party software with BPA databases
Quality Assurance project lead / System Analyst (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAJune 9, 2016
Mostly database work integrating third party software.
Interesting work, great people to work with.

Large company so there is a lot of overhead above my pay grade. No real room for advancement because most people are contractors.
Pros
interesting work, great people
Cons
large company, no advancement.
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Wonderful Co-workers
Contractor (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORApril 25, 2016
Can be flexible with employees/contractors if needed.
Great co-workers
Interesting products to work with
Flexible for changing job tasks - moving around
Pros
Working managers were great people
Cons
Management style is old and unproductive
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temporary position
ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNICIAN CLERK (Former Employee) –  Longview, WAMarch 16, 2016
My duties included taking minutes, reconciling p-cards, scheduling meetings, ordering supplies, reception. Management was great.
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great group of passionate, capable people with good technical depth and experience
Customer Energy Efficiency Engineer, Contract (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORFebruary 6, 2016
The mission of the energy services team at BPA is to acquire energy conservation resources -- the most environmentally favorable and cost effective option for the region. The protocols for validating energy savings are the best I've encountered as applied across a number of other organizations. The engineering team could benefit from more accountable and supportive resources (people, tools that are supported/maintained; organization) that would help them in performing their jobs more effectively.
Pros
interesting work; very capable people
Cons
bureaucratic, not the best leadership in key technical roles
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Could be a great place to work.
Anonymous (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORFebruary 5, 2016
I worked for Bonneville Power Administration for 11 years. I found the safety culture to be non-existent, perhaps because they cannot be fined for OSHA violations.
Pros
Federal Benefits and Pay
Cons
Horrible place to work.
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