Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
461 Reviews
3.5
461 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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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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Employee 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.  

    Admin. Assistant

    • 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

    Pros

    Great Company! Great value and benefits

    Cons

    I can say anything wrong. Good to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electric Business Support Specialist in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Electric Business Support Specialist in Vacaville, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and room for growth

    Cons

    Departmental Communications and Tenure Policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with the employees in the field,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Communications Lead

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    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for a bit to learn about energy industry

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Other great people who are trying to scale energy efficiency
    Biggest energy efficiency portfolio
    Great office location
    Good work/life balance
    Sit/stand desks

    Cons

    Regulated utility (and the regulators leave something to be desired)
    Great at acquiring good talent, but not so good at keeping it
    Meetings, meetings, meetings
    Email, email, email
    Mediocre middle management- they love to promote good individual contributors but not good leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the real leaders, not the ones who "manage up" but are really only good individual contributors
    Work on employee engagement and actually care about it
    Try to be more innovative or you might look back in a few years and find that disruptive technologies and nimble companies took your business while you were busy in a meeting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Underwhelmed by management

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    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have good benefits, training opportunities, enjoyed working with my individual team.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management, Lack of decision making by leadership, lack of strategic direction. Annual performance review system needs a complete overhaul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    PG&E - a lot of systemic issues

    • 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 as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Quite a lot of good people there, scattered throughout the organization.
    Good benefits package.
    Well contributes to and supports contributing back to the community.
    No shortage of work to be done and opportunity for improvement (that's both a pro, and con).

    Cons

    IT is pretty messed up and is not run anything like a top-notch IT organization (okay, so it's an energy company, not an IT company, but still ...). Some to much of that may be history of how it got to where it is, and much of that legacy remaining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Live by the Rule" - too much attention to rules, not enough attention to common sense and warranted exceptions.
    Too much attention to watching the nickels ... and missing the dollars in the process (and much spending of dollars to save nickels or less). Stop treating employees/contractors like a nanny state - give them access/power - and responsibility - if they mess it up, get rid of them, in the meantime stop gumming up everyone's productivity.
    PG&E is of sufficient size it ought also be a top-notch IT organization (or nearly so). I've never before seen IT run that poorly on that large a scale. You need to actually very well listen to much of the excellent talent you have, and (mostly) do what they say to well improve things. Too much "top down" management that's relatively oblivious to the degrees of inefficiencies and effectively mandated waste in the (figurative) trenches.
    Many bad historical and current practices still need to be fixed, e.g.:
    "You find a problem, you are responsible for fixing it" - no, not just *reporting* it, but burdened with all the extra hassles of correcting it. Of course that causes lots of folks to want to turn a blind eye to problems - which of course could result in things blowing up in one's face - not what one would want to see (again). There's a lot in the culture that's broken, and needs fixing. Don't know if the problems are "at the top", but they're at least well up the chain from where most of the workers are doing the work - many serious problems that need to be fixed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great friendships with co-workers, poor work-life balance and constantly changing expectations.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Higher than normal salary for the area, good friendships have come out working here, ability to learn a great deal outside of your area of interest.

    Cons

    Very very poor work-life balance efforts on this company's behalf. Mothers and new fathers should steer clear of working here. Employees are expected to manage work loads that should be covered by several people. Inconsistent Management styles. Some are very approachable and some are very brutal. There's a big population of employees eligible for retirement and hardly anyone replacing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the ever-constant changing initiatives. Hire more people! Please stop over working your employees to save a few pennies! And please follow through with work life balance for families. You are loosing quality people by demanding too much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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