BC Hydro
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BC Hydro is amazing place to work for non-skilled workers, given the time-off, benefits, job security and work-life balance. For engineers and other higher pay professionals, the salaries tend to be low compared to the private sector. The work itself is a lot of fun and the people who work there are a lot of fun to be around as well.
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Micromanagement galore

Lots of micromanagement - you can do very well in your role but you will never be good enough and they will always focus on your negatives.Customers bully you and you have to take it. If you stand up for yourself will complain and have it marked against your record.

Cons

Horrible pay for the area
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Poor management/low salary

I thought BC Hydro would be an excellent and challenging place to work, but after more than a year there, I'm deeply disappointed. Management doesn't care about issues and possible work-related problems - they want their numbers to look suitable for upper management. Nobody cares about the company. I'm worried that the whole system will fall apart in 10 years.Salaries are poor compared to the others. They have benefits and vacations, but young people need money now- not pension!

Pros

Vacation

Cons

Too many - poor management
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overall good experience

good timing and flexibilitythey dont burden you to do alot of work and they are very supportive of their employees. all the coworkers are very helpful.
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Good Teamwork

Supportive Managers. Teams were generally productive. Conflict was well managed. People on teams were generally smart and wanted to do a good job. Not to much competition amongst team members.

Pros

Good pay.

Cons

None
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Typical Political Working Environment

The work can be extremely interesting and will test your knowledge in your skill set. If you’re lucky there will be travel to BCH worksites where you have the opportunity to learn more about the vast infrastructure in the province. All jobs have there downsides and each dept within Hydro has its share.
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Great place to work

Excellent environment to work. Great management, pay is phenomenal. When there is an issue, it is resolved very quickly. Great co-workers, great workplace!
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Fantastic place to work

I have enjoyed my time at BC Hydro daily. Lots of room to grow and learn in a Crown Corporation. Management is very fair and transparent, and everyone on your team is supportive of each other.

Pros

Work Life Balance

Cons

Job Security - Contract
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Relaxed yet fast paced

We deal with very high volumes so it couls get stressful. The pay could be betterBut theres a good amount of flexibility at work and an understanding and cooperative work culture.
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Fast paced and could be stressful at times.

Been with the company since 2020. Could be a little stressful at times dealing with irate customers. You team lead or managers are there for support but you do feel like you’re out there alone at times to fend for yourself.
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Great place to learn and grow but pay is below market.

Great company overall. Your career is dictated by your manager. If you get a good manager then you’re golden. Somewhat tough to cross train and learn other stuff while on the job. Moving within the company is easy until senior engineer level, need fair share of networking though. Pay can really improve. Senior Engineers get paid 89k which isn’t sustainable for Vancouver Area. No bonuses, meagre annual raises if they happen, no raises in the past two years. Good company as a first job or last job (only 5 years count for retirement).

Pros

Time off, defined pension, work life balance, job security.

Cons

Low pay. No bonus. Stagnant career growth after Senior engineer role.
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Company is good but has some challanges

Company is a large company and for the most part have good people. It does however have constant change in procedures, policies and reporting requirements. This causes undue stress on the employees to constantly change how work is being preformed.
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Poor management

Management always on the side of customer even if they are in the wrong.Management will look for reasons to get rid of you if they don't like you.

Pros

Regular hours

Cons

Incompetent management Stressful
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Productive and fun worplawe

Ummm idkr like it was lowkey fun and the people are fun so like I cant relaly complain but bnenefits are good so like I reallt enjoy it and I get free stuff

Pros

Free lunvh

Cons

Long hours
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Overall good environment. Great benefits and quite good job security if you get on.

BC hydro is one of the best companies to work with in BC. Generally a great group of people whom will be there until they retire. The pay is unionized and so the benefits are good as well if you like that type of security. It is pretty difficult to be fired as the union will support the employees. Overall, you would probably not leave this company if you landed a job there.
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Amazing

Short and sweet, Bc Hydro is the best employer I have ever worked for in my entire life. Great pay, benefits and supportive management team that actually listens. Great company

Pros

Everything

Cons

Can be moved around a bit
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Great place to work.

Many different work environments within accounting. Hard work and initiative will be rewarded. Opportunities abound. If there are areas which you don’t like, you can apply to work in other areas. Good work life balance.
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Terrible place to work

In my 40 plus years in the utility industry this is absolutely the worse place I’ve ever worked. From incompetent and ineffective management to the abusive culture that exists within this organization makes it a very stressful place to work. At least that was my experience within the group I worked with. I can only describe it as the most toxic environment I’ve ever seen and would not recommend this company to anyone.

Pros

None

Cons

Terrible management and culture
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Horrifying

Horrifying. The manager for a science program had a theater degree, and is American, and it showed with inappropriate behaviour, continually erroneous reports monthly, and conduct that violated crown policy. She was a bully, and despite being obese, felt the need to insult others, including their appearance, to try and boost her need for attention.

Pros

Few

Cons

Many
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À Vancouver, très bonne atmosphère de travail.

On ne demande qu'une honnête journée de travail. J'ai eu beaucoup de formation en Communication et un peu en Protection La direction de BC Hydro est composée de spécialistes en communication, alors que le mandat est en électricité. Les investissements se font en équipements de communication et la mission de BC Hydro, la partie 'électrique du réseau' est très négligée. À Vancouver, il y a une bonne culture d'entreprise. Le plus difficile est le chaos dans les plans électriques. Pas de suivi de projets. À la centrale Mica, il y avait encore des dessins qui n'avaient jamais été mis à jour depuis la mise en route, 30 ans+, soit environ 12 projets qui n'avaient pas été faits ou vérifiés. Certains plans indiquaient la présence de 5 câbles alors qu'il y en 20+ dans le panneau. Le plus agréable était le voyagement dans cette magnifique province.

Pros

Formation

Cons

Manque de support technique en Protection & Controle
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Old Boys Club

At BC Hydro its not what you know but who you know. Most people over worked and under paid. You have your regular job then ask you to do other tasks.

Pros

Good benefits, nice co workers

Cons

Poor leadership, management ask to much and no recognition.
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Based on 160 reviews

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4.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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