BC Hydro Employee Reviews in Canada

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I had an exceptional career with BC Hydro in Vancouver for many for over 35 years. I retired from BC Hydro as I got married and moved to Kelowna.
Senior Pension and Benefits Advisor (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BCNovember 13, 2015
I worked with many levels of employees, retirees and senior management. I was responsible for many project such as privatization of certain areas as it related to pensions and benefits. I facilitated retirement and privatization seminars throughout the Province of BC on behalf of BC Hydro. I supervised an exceptional team of employees in the Pension and Benefits Department, anywhere between seven to fifteen employees depending on the project at hand. They were hard working and always willing to learn.

I truly enjoyed the interaction with many levels of management throughout BC Hydro.
Pros
Excellent benefits and salary.
Cons
None
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A decent career close to home.
Utility Maintenance Electrician (Current Employee) –  Vancouver Island, B.C.October 13, 2015
As a maintenance Electrician with BCH, we isolate, clean, test, repair, oil sample, etc on most substation equipment like Large power transformers, breakers, disconnects, CT's, Synchronous Condensers and other protection and control equipment on our utility infrastructure. A great deal to learn and long term employees to learn from. An invaluable experience. BCH's management team thrives for excellence and can prove struggling with an aging infrastructure, however as a field worker, it opens doors for opportunities to take on small projects, work around the construction department crew and experience how an aging system becomes revitalized, once piece at a time.
Pros
Long term employees to learn from
Cons
Maintenance has little to offer for career satisfaction
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Highly Technical & Very Productive Company
Capital Project Manager - Consultant (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BCMarch 18, 2016
Great company to work for! A good culture of professional people and technical staff that keep us in the light everyday! I would enjoy working for them on a permanent base any day!
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Field Services Administrator (Current Employee) –  Cranbrook, BCSeptember 16, 2014
Many consider BC Hydro to be a "GREAT JOB". If you base this solely on salary, benefits and time off - indeed, you have arrived.

Many of Hydro's processes amount to knee-jerk, budget-driven bandaids, created by unprofessional management teams who couldn't execute a stop sign.

If you are looking for satisfying, challenging work, in a nurturing team-focused environment, keep looking. Ostrich-style management will keep you consistently frustrated, unsupported, bullied by your peers, and stripped of your sanity within the first year.
Pros
pay/benefits/time off
Cons
negative work environment; low morale; ineffective middle management
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Excellent Employer
Information and Billing Manager (Former Employee) –  Kimberley/Cranbrook/ Coquitlam,BCNovember 3, 2014
If you want a career, this is one employer who will recognize your abilities and provide you with opportunity for advancement. They provide much 'in house' training, supplement external training and
encourage development. Benefits are excellent and opportunities are there if you are willing to relocate, sometimes to remote locations.
Pros
recognition and encouragement. they invest in their employees.
Cons
relocation can be an issue.
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Excellent Company
Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BCMay 10, 2013
I enjoyed working there as we were treated very well. There was a great deal of variety in my job, flexible hrs., wonderful holidays after 6 mos only, great benefits and great staff to work for and with.

I greeted customers, handed out work orders to the appropriate Residential Sales team after checking the map, answered a 20 line switchboard, sorted and distributed mail to the first floor, typed many memos and letters, drew in new gas and electric services on scaled maps, put customers on the equal payment plan.and was in charge of ordering stationery supplies for our department.
Pros
benefits, hrs, holiday, variety, staff, location, atmosphere, great coworkers and bosses.
Cons
too much sitting at my job, and too much typing on old typewriters not like the light touch keyboard of computers now.
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Constant re-org's and poor management
Financial Analyst (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BCNovember 14, 2014
Pro:
- Good benefits
- Competitive salaries
- Work/ Life balance

Con:
- Advancement opportunities are limited
- Constant changes within the organization causing unnecessary confusion
- Job security is not as high as expected
- Strange management decisions, some constantly get promoted while cutting headcounts to stay "lean"
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Challenging but fun and lots of opportunities for growth.
Technical Support/Emergency Dispatch (Former Employee) –  Burnaby, BCSeptember 21, 2015
Responsible for customer moves, billing inquiries, credit and collection calls.
 Responsible for utility energy use, cost of energy for appliances, marketing campaigns.
 Responsible for power outage calls, emergency electric calls and always practiced the “one call resolution”.
 Displayed exceptional prioritizing and multi-tasking skills during Emergency calls
 Operated a multi-line telephone console system and alerting systems.
 Effectively asked questions to interpret, analyze and anticipate the caller’s situation as to resolve problems, provide information, dispatch emergency services, or refer callers to other agencies
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Interesting environment but very controlled by the Government
Senior Advisor, Internal and External Relations (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BCJune 20, 2012
Used to be a great organization. Not so much anymore. Very, very political - promotions are more about politics than skill or competence.
Pros
good compensation package and very flexible and supportive of work life balance
Cons
declining budgets result in no money to invest in employees, meaningful work is contracted out to consultants.
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Variety of challenging work, positive co-workers
CONTRACT PROFESSIONAL (Former Employee) –  Burnaby, BCJanuary 22, 2014
Challenging supply chain work, but lacks progressive tools/software. Current Contract Management software would be beneficial. Co-workers were friendly and hard-working people. Organization in continual state of flux - lacks stability and can appear disorganized at times. Positive corporate culture with good benefits.
Pros
good co-workers and benefits
Cons
some outdated systems, software
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Fast paced and enjoyable workplace.
Project Support Team / Administrative Clerk (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BCNovember 29, 2015
My typical day would involve managing and procuring the needs of a busy and vibrant office environment. I learned much about how the company operates and how it is internally organised.
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Toxic management
employee (Former Employee) –  BCOctober 28, 2014
Management Is Unorganized, Indecisive and obnoxious.

Not one of the Best Places to work in BC.

Has a reputation for being Toxic environment.

The Crews are great.
Pros
good salary, good benefits. great days off.
Cons
managemnet deadly combination of arrogance and ignorance
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Good benefits - poor culture.
Senior Procurement Advisor / Contract Manager (Former Employee) –  burnaby, BCJune 18, 2014
Management employees are numbers, not people.

they lock you in with golden handcuffs (good pay and benefits) but the work culture and the way they treat people is very poor.
Pros
pay benefits
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Knowledgable people, good culture and benefits
employee (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BCApril 3, 2014
still a good place to work, limited advancement. Benefits are good but coming more inline with other sectors.
Pros
benefits, work life balance
Cons
room for advancement is very limited
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Challenging and always on edge
Change Management Analyst (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BCNovember 12, 2013
* A typical day at work could be standardizing a timesheet to be used across the province to creating a manually intensive report per KBU for the leadership teams or the weekly reporting to Project managers.
* Change Management and the best -practices in change management were a new concept to me. I also had to chance to enhance my project management and business analysis skills
* hardest part of the job was to nail down the integrated stakeholder impact report, when the Program is winding down and change does not seem to stop but increase.
* Getting absorbed in my work (into a trance mode where I believe I work at optimum efficiency.) It feels good to accomplish it in time and get accolades for the good work.
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No accountabilty, money wasted like crazy and an abundance of managers
Power Line Technician (Current Employee) –  Okanagan BCFebruary 21, 2014
This company has one of the highest mental health disability rates in North America. No one is accountable for their actions. Every job is disorganized and it seems like there are more managers than workers! They are constantly rolling out new programs with little regard for the consequences or follow up from the last program rollout.

Generally as individuals co-workers are great but toxic work environments are present throughout the company. Part of the problem with that is that managers are always looking to the new promotion instead of focusing on the people and departments they are tasked to manage.

The absolute hardest part of the job is the government involvement! They have handcuffed BC Hydro into terrible deals that make their corporate friends RICH!

It is also hard to go anywhere in public with Hydro vehicles or gear on because people are constantly making remarks at you.

The most enjoyable part of the job is the paycheque, plain and simple.
Pros
good money
Cons
lack of accountability is maddening
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great job just wish is was not a contract job
Call Centre Agent (Former Employee) –  Annacis, BCMarch 3, 2015
-installed smart meters for bc hydro
-gained plenty of customer service skills
-management was great when they were not fighting with one another
-worked solo so no coworkers but the other employees were great people
Pros
take breaks when ever you see fit
Cons
n/a
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Very statisfying job however alot of red tape
Sr. Engineer (Mechanical Maintenance Engineer) (Former Employee) –  Hudson's Hope, BCAugust 10, 2012
very dynamic work environment and I learned a lot of my experience in the power plants. The management is somehow conservative, due to being crown corporation but overall it maintain the minimum standards the same is applicable on the employees. The hardest part of the job is maintaining the plant availability during the winter and the immediate repairs for breakdowns in that season. The most enjoyable part is building people relation
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Good Place to Work
Sr Informatica Developer (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BCJuly 3, 2013
Versatile team player with excellent analytical, presentation and interpersonal skills with an aptitude to learn new technologies.
Solid time management and multitasking skills, which help in conducting project meetings, reviews, walkthroughs, and customer interviews according to the varied needs of the people involved
Excellent written and oral communication skills and a team-player with a results-oriented attitude
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A first class organization
Load Research Analyst (Former Employee) –  Burnaby, BCNovember 8, 2013
Most days were devoted to scientific research revealing new insights into the relationships between load research data and climate. Management and co-workers were supportive and enthusiastic about the research process. Scientific research is always 'hard' but that makes it enjoyable!
Pros
excitement of new discoveries in scientific research
Cons
organization is now in extreme cost-cutting mode
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4.0
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