Bonneville Power Administration Employee Reviews

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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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Bpa
Public Utilities Specialist/Budget Analyst (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJanuary 18, 2016
Most enjoyable part of my job was the projects. I loved making a difference for the environment. The technologies are great. A lot of learning
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Good place to work
Electronic Designer II (Current Employee) –  Tigard, ORDecember 14, 2015
I had a great boss to for, I was allowed to do my job without an micro-management, and a team that would assist you when needed.
Pros
great team
Cons
getting laid off
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Multiple projects and training, lots of meetings
Instructional Designer II /Trainer III (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WANovember 5, 2015
Multiple projects to work on. Loved training and educating employees on software. Conducted training in small and large groups, over phone and web. Many meetings as expected with many demands and needs to meet.
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Owner/Painting contractor
Foreman II (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WANovember 3, 2015
Meeting with Customers.
Preparing Bids for projects.
Purchasing Materials.
Painting residential structures.
Billing.
Training.
Managing Staff.
Code and Safety Compliance.
Pros
I loved being self employed
Cons
Exhausting, never ending work schedule.
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Good organiztaion
Senior Technical Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Portland, OROctober 24, 2015
Good company and Org to work with. They have good people and people who are willing to roll up there sleeves and get to work to get the job done. They are willing to help out where needed and give direction and assistance when they can.
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Keeping the lights on in the Pacific Northwest
Dispatcher-Outage (Former Employee) –  Mead, WAAugust 30, 2015
BPA is a superior company to work for. From the appointed administrator to the groundsman working with the lineman, the excellence in job performance is second to none. BPA relies heavily on software and integrated systems to reliably deliver power to it's customers. It also has top notch professionals that back up the electronics if or when those systems fail. I'd recommend the company to anyone wishing to work for the government and have a secure retirement and safe working environment.
Pros
Safe, reliable, friendly service provider.
Cons
Minimum health care through government health companies.
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Moves Slowly
IT Change Manager, System Operations (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORMarch 23, 2015
It is quite difficult to get anything done - lots of red tape. Everything was approved by consensus; it didn't appear that any one individual could make a decision.
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A great place for veterans
Administrative Services Assistant II (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, WAOctober 19, 2014
I am contracted to BPA and have been there for 8 years. I love my job, the people I work for and with.
Pros
Most managers are very supportive of your career advancement.
Cons
Veterans will get preference regardless if "best qualified" candidate
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An interesting place to work
Security and Compliance Architect (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAJune 22, 2014
An interesting mix of both Private and US GOVT sector, the environment was nice, a cafeteria on site, great places to walk at lunch.
Pros
It was interesting
Cons
It was interesting
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Great place to work for entry level individuals
Public Affairs Liaison (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORJune 11, 2014
BPA is a great place to work if you are ambitious and just starting your career.
Pros
Work life balance
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