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Lost in a Sea of Management Demands

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Labor Relations and Human Resources  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
Current Employee - Labor Relations and Human Resources in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

Pros

Telecommuting; salaries are good for starers or those without a degree - not so good if you are already high in the pay scale and coming in; benefits are better than some private sector, pension plan. If you are focused - good work/life balance.

Cons

Managers and up are jumping around with demands out of fear - not a good mid-management set up. The demands shift all over the place and take up too much of the day. Generally weak middle management. Low-balling the salaries for new hires and managers. Hard to hear you came in at top step when you didn't. Work is too focused on meeting odd measures of productivity - all for the bonus.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change the metrics of bonus measurements - ie: injury reporting and numeric scales that only measure a small aspect of work that employees really have no control over. The daily work gets driven by these poor scales. Pay well from the start. Too insular and averse to new ideas.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Slow and Safe Company

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

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

    Pros

    If you like working at slow and safe pace, where changes generally go at a turtle's pace then this is the place you want to work at. Pay is good, benefits are good, and the people that work here are good.

    Cons

    The pace is too slow caused mostly by communication issues. The company is very top heavy, those at the bottom will generally be pushed aside by management in critical projects. A utility company should and needs to listen to the folks on the ground. There is a general lack of standardization and sharing of information which ultimately are communcation issues that can really slow a company down during important changes caused by government regulations or natural disasters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A system of standization is needed. There is also a need to greatly emphasize the sharing of information between employees and employment. Every project should only have people that are 100% committed to the project, this speeds up the project by providing better organization and ensuring that resources are appropriately allocated towards the completion of the project. In other words, get the project done on time, on budget, and with no BS or extra sugar.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    The ultimate bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Programmer/Systems Analyst  in  San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Programmer/Systems Analyst in San Ramon, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    extensive telecommuting
    lots of new and interesting work to do
    modernizing systems
    culture is beginning to change
    management is starting to listen

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Promotion by association
    Constant reorgs
    Projects are rushed at inception, rather than practical and realistic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create anonymous site for comments, and require that all senior directors and above read every comment
    Create a monthly recognition and rewards program where every manager nominates one employee per month for every 20 employees to receive a $500 reward for something outstanding they've done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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