Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 16 January 2015
Updated 16 January 2015
460 Reviews
3.5
460 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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183 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 48 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • A few permanent employees made complaints to Upper Management, but no action taken (in 24 reviews)

  • Depending on the organization and your title, there is little or no work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fine place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Benefits are second to none in private employment
    Education benefits are great

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is insane
    Even though the company serves hundreds of mile in California the lack of distributed technology requires living in the bay area to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    True 360 degree reviews would illuminate many useless middle management employees, but the hierarchical bureaucracy is preventing that from happening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great benefits but slow growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    -PG&E is a very stable company to work for.
    -Great benefits such as 401k, pension, medical
    -Compensation is average
    -Great Location
    -Great retirement package

    Cons

    -This company is very slow moving, which means slow growth.
    -Very traditional
    -It takes forever to get anything done
    -Difficult to navigate through corporate ladder
    -great place to be if you want just a 9-5 job.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Communications Lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Lead in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Communications Lead in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company that is really trying to evolve into a better compnay - very customer and employee driven.

    Cons

    They can move slowly...they're careful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company, Challenging Work, and Wonderful People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avila Beach, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avila Beach, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is something for everyone at PG&E. Regardless of your particular skill set, there is a job that is suited to you. Jobs range from clerical to engineering and communications to line repair. Whether you like routine, repetitive tasks or doing something different every day, there is a job at PG&E for you.

    Cons

    Many community members are often annoyed/disgusted by the company. Whether it's Diablo Canyon relicensing, San Bruno, or just paying their monthly utility bills, people you'll meet every day in the community often have their own opinions about the company and will feel free to share them with you. Internal challenges, such as simply trying to do your job while also trying to comply with the myriad of rules, regulations, and management expectations can make the administrative side of the job very difficult, and will test your patience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is getting too top-heavy. We've got more executives and vice-presidents than we know what to do with. We've got more work than we can possibly get done. All the while we're being told budgets are tight, we're spending too much on overtime, and we're overstaffed. We can't be overstaffed if we're all working too much overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Salaries at pg &e.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good people, location, environment, retirement, benefits

    Cons

    to high, not a structured thing, unbalanced, favorites, secrecy, hidden

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit, restructure, reorganize, increase involvement, hands off approach

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Feeling settled.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director's Assistant in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director's Assistant in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Work-life Balance
    - Training & Development
    - Coworkers
    - Pace
    - Security

    Cons

    - Slow moving
    - Top-heavy Management
    - Office is drab

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Paid maternity leave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interning at PG&E

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Applications Support in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Applications Support in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Their intern program is growing rapidly and not too hard to get into
    - They are projected to have nearly 300 interns next summer
    - Lots of "networking" aka fun bonding days
    - Good pay
    - Very nice people
    - Good benefits
    - Get to hear from top VP's and even the CEO and ask questions
    - Clear company vision with safety as a number one priority
    - Lots of people end up working here for a long time - I think the average tenure is approximately 18 years
    - Extremely stable because it's a utility company

    Cons

    Personally, I didn't face any real challenges while working here. They do, however, not have the best reputation in the world, as the San Bruno incident is still pending charges. However, the company itself is extremely well-run and is doing everything in its power to make safety its number one priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good stable company with job security.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager/Supervisor Energy Efficiency in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager/Supervisor Energy Efficiency in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large stable company, good benefits with pension, years of expertise with colleagues. The company is very progress in the clean energy/energy efficiency work it does compared to many other utilities across the country. Most people who work there have been there for decades and have a wealth of knowledge, which is very valuable and a great resource.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, overly regulated, very hierarchical and everything seems to move at snails pace. A lot of time on the job is spent on multiple regulatory requests and endless reporting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little less risk averse.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay, casual environment, heavy union environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor

    Pros

    Good pay and casual work environment, location.

    Cons

    Traditional organization with heavy union environment

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work with lots of benefits!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are lots of hard working individuals in the company. They strive to do the best they can at every given moment. The pay and benefits are top notch, and vacation time is great.

    Cons

    I had a chance to work in two different offices and experienced totally different work environments. As with every company there's always people that are too stubborn and high strung. Make lots of friends, but always protect yourself with emails the best you can. I wasn't as good as playing the game as everyone else so I decided to leave the company after falsified accusations placed on me. I still love the company, but a bad apple is a bad apple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more in touch with employees. They are out of the office too much and don't understand what really goes on in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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