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Customer care is more important than employee care
The job is easy enough driving cats but the customers can be rude and management cares more for the customers than the employees and hours are strict and non flexible for students going to school.
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Decent place
Many inequities. Treatment of minority and women employees is really bad, especially minorities. Less than 10% of leaders are people of color with over 50 leaders. Many are window dressing and facades. Minorities don't have a voice or seat at the decision table. Leadership is a good ol boy system. Organization is divided in two. There's everyone working on the construction program. Then...everyone else. Benefits are great and compensation is competitive. Many friendly people. Great work life balance.
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Pay. Benefits. Work life balance.
Cons
Systemic racism. Cultural appropriation. Lack of diverse leadership.
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5.0
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A good place to work
I really enjoyed working for the Port of Portland. I felt I had a good balance between work and personal life, and the Port encourage the balance. Unfortunatly, my position with the Port had change to the point where I had to find another job. I hope I get another opportunity to work for the Port of Portland in the near future.
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Company does not adhere to its values. Retaliation for anyone that questions management.
Was an excellent place to work for many years; new Executive Director, change in culture and poor direct management made it intolerable to continue... direct manager lies, swears yells and intimidates.
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4.0
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Good Crew
I received excellent training over the 16 years I worked at the Port. The pay was great but management had difficulty hiring adequate numbers of recruit officers and because of this the shifts were always inundated with overtime. However, I hear employee numbers have increased since my retirement.
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Great pay
Cons
Too much OT
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Interesting place to work with fascinating regional role
Interesting place to work with fascinating regional role; as a quasi-governmental agency, you get to work between the public and private sectors. Cool mission and great people overall.
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A meaningful place to work.
It was nice to know that the work you do impacts the economic stability of the region you live in. And of course, it was very fun working on projects that shaped the experience of travelers at Portland International Airport.
Pros
Fun culture, meaningful work.
Cons
Untrained middle management
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If someone is looking to drive an 1 1/2 to work and from work and then work 8hrs the Navigation job is for you.
The Navigation safety position is a horrible position. You will have to drive on average 1 1/2 to and from the Dredge each day. Work 8 plus hours and then have to deal with some of the worst managers I have ever seen. If that’s not enough if the Army Corp of Engineers wants to you can be blamed for management not wanting to improve safety and loose your job with out the Port backing you. This is a position that has a large turnover. Don’t leave your job to go here.
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You can use the employee line for TSA.
Cons
Zero Advancement Opportunities
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Great benefits
If your looking for benefits but no room to advance then it is a good place to be. Also it would be a great jumping off place to get you experience for the future.
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Health benefits
Cons
Bad managers
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Not quite as advertised
The Port has a great mission and exciting opportunities, but is unfortunately bogged down with typical government bureaucracy, cronyism, and protecting ineffective leaders. Despite attempts to appear like a more progressive, modern organization, my experience there was disappointing and I quickly learned that it was a place where staying within the lines was more encouraged than challenging assumptions, asking hard questions, and improving the business. Experiences there can vary widely though, and there are some departments that are much better environments than others, in addition to some very high-caliber leaders. Very difficult to advance in your career unless you 'put in your time' with the organization, irregardless of your previous qualifications or achievements. They have a long way to go in implementing the advertised culture across the Port, with lots of old school thinking still dragging on the organization.
Pros
Great offices, good compensation & benefits, onsite gym and focus on wellness, some departments know how to handle flexible work schedules
Cons
Culture is inconsistent across organization, bureaucratic processes, hierarchy, advancement is difficult, cronyism in hiring decisions, some leaders are weak and corrective action is lacking
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Pros and Cons
Pros - great work/life balance, great co-workers, on site gym at HQ, great views from HQ office, lots of food options on site, great benefits plans, compensation is at market level if you factor in PERS (otherwise slightly below market)

Cons - depending where you live the commute can be bad, cultural differences between airport and marine, old school management, very hierarchical, very difficult to advance your career, siloed communication, turf battles, resistance to change, strive for consensus makes decision making way too slow.
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economic engine for region
great organization with plenty of advancement opportunities. good salary and benefits. committed and talented staff. strong leadership. paid training and very interesting work.
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Great place to work
Typical days included working with and alongside Longshoremen. Great union workers and solidarity. Excellent benefits. Management was not ideal however always supported the union.
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Fair salary, good benefits
The Port's business and mission can be very compelling, but is often bogged down with ineffective, bureaucratic management. Very hard to find opportunities for advancement.
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Salary, benefits
Cons
Company supports management at the expense of employees.
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Great work life balance
The Port is a great place to work because they truly care for work life balance.
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Productive workplace with great atmosphere.
This company is very efficient and the management is great. The atmosphere is very welcoming and calming.
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Great Benefits
The Port of Portland is a terrific employer. They take great care of their staff and provide excellent benefits.
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Great company to work for.
Working for the Port of Portland I was able to further my knowledge of security both locally, as well as on an international level. Benifits and pay were extremely competitive. although the environment presented challenges. It was well worth the 8 yrs i spent working for them.
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union
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union
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3.7
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