Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
411 Reviews
3.4
411 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
156 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 46 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 22 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 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    great experience, great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ERDP  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - ERDP in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    good culture, great benefit, helpful coworker.

    Cons

    half of the employees are 50 and older

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great place to work in ca

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    • 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

    Great place to work in ca.

    Cons

    Nothing to report no cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to report at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many Chief's not enough Indians

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great laid back atmosphere, Commitment to Community involvement, work life balance, career advancement promoted throughout the company, great people, benefits, and salaries.

    Cons

    Management does not take responsibility to make decisions… Lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an exit interview for employees who are leaving the company to learn why your top talented people are leaving.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Electric Operations Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electric Operation  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Electric Operation in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, company values, benefits, personal growth

    Cons

    office culture, culture, meetings, slow to implement new technology

  6.  

    a very good company with lots of benefits to employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrician Switchman  in  Hayward, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Electrician Switchman in Hayward, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    a lot of work in the field is about safety of the employee and the public

    Cons

    if the employee is not focus on safety then training will prepare them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the employees are the heart and soul of the company, training lots of them should be given to employees everyday on their morning tailboard with a lot of emphasis on their safety and the publics concern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people who love their Job

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    PG&E offers the best pay hands down. The ambience at te company is really great and very team oriented. I've never felt more valued as an employee

    Cons

    there are some strange procedures on how one can move throughout the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it should be easier for an employee who is hired as a hiring Hall to move into a full time permanent position. Many times HH employees who are only just there for a little over a year and when they are dismissed the department they were apart of is left with a gap in resources that is sometimes not easily filled.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Changing company for the better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MBA Intern  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - MBA Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Most people really like working here and are excited to come to work and take a lot of pride in the company. I have never felt more supported and included as an intern and everyone really wanted me to succeed and meet new people within the company. They are looking to hire and bring in new people, lots of job and promotion prospects.

    Cons

    Still somewhat of an "old man" company but that is changing. It is more formal than many other companies in the bay area but it is also in a very different industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to attract the best and brightest small steps like continuing to improve the coffee shop (HUGE improvement this summer but needs more tables and feel less cold), maybe adding an outdoor areas and some updates. The building and office spaces still feel very 1970's and for new employees entering the workforce atmosphere and enjoying the space you work in is important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Short stay, disappointed to be leaving

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - good pay+bonus
    - good benefits
    - interesting work
    - flexible work schedule
    - systems/application has direct impact on fellow employee safety and customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    - like any big organization
    - challenging time for the utility
    - some employees are not engaged (in plant retired) and working with them is difficult
    - still hanging on to "this is the way we have always done it"
    - not a lot of new development, buy mostly package solutions.
    - too much focus on "capital" projects and not enough investment in exploring alternatives to old problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to the new employees with experience in other organizations, its not enough to bring in a "new leader" and expect change throughout the organization
    - Make an effort to encourage and hang onto new employees, make sure they do not get discouraged too early and leave before they make a contribution.
    - Do an honest self assessment of the quality of your middle management, and clean the obvious dead wood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The MBAs are paralyzing the company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, pension, good location, enthusiastic coworkers.

    Cons

    A whole group of people have little actual business understanding. They only know how to compare numbers and ask for variance explanations. The budget process is ridiculous. Strategic Business Management doesn't live in the real world. They need to go on rotation and understand how things really work. More and more meetings, more conference calls and getting less and less work done. Upper management screws ups and the employees end up paying the price trying to make people trust us and want to do business with us. No one can make a decision anymore. Layer upon layer of bureaucracy - manager sign off, director sign off, VP sign off, executive VP sign off ... Serious lack of trust in decision making. Too many people with MBA's run the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Does anyone do real work anymore? Less process, fewer sign offs. Let people use their minds and do their jobs. You don't realize how much time is spent reporting, on conference calls, checking and getting sign offs. Everyone is trying to add value. We could cut the workforce by 10% if someone looked closely at all the redundant non productive work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Human Resources Professional

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They truly support career development and promote from within. They also provide ample funding for education. In addition, they provide excellent benefits.

    Cons

    HR was very disorganized. They are very good at identifying that they need to change, however, they are not to identify steps to bring about the change. Also, the older workforce is resistant to change. I also felt that management needed leadership development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify actionable steps to bring about change and see them through. Also, reach out to those in the lower rankings. Leadership has no idea regarding director performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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