Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 14 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager- Marketing

    Current Contractor - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment
    Great location and pretty schedule with a decent pay rate.

    Cons

    Too much micro managing at times with poor strategic planning
    Its feels like a non profit instead of a large corporation

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to know what to do with staff with respect to talent and skills.
    You have a lot of talent people doing work that is beneath them.

  2. Great culture with the company moving in a positive direction

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - extremely understanding and supportive of cross function career movements
    - great talent
    - everyone is extremely friendly and helpful
    - surprisingly young crowd of employees (especially on the corporate side)
    - fascinating industry (energy generation, renewables, etc)

    Cons

    - normal issues you see in a large corporation
    - regulated company so there's little growth opportunities
    - constant change and process improvements

  3. Good experience and folks with much knowledge of the utility industry.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Applications Release Manager in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - IT Applications Release Manager in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

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

    Pros

    The people in one good reason to work here.

    Cons

    Some of the management is not interested in the folks they hire but have there leads to monitor and evaluate progression which is wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Participate with the process.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Like spending most of your time wasting time instead of getting things done? This is the place for you.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PG&E pays well, but you will be limited in annual wage increases due to their year-end appraisal system.

    Cons

    Oh where to start? In a climate that is purported to be "help you get everything done" and have a "work life balance", upper management clearly does not practice what it preaches. They will take away staff and expect the same amount of work to be done. Instead of coming up will supportive solutions, management thinks of ways to make tasks more arduous. Although they claim they want everyone to be "safe", driving 5-6 hours in a day is not unusual. And be careful--if you're hired, at least 10-15% of the workforce is place in the "developing" category annually, which is stimatizing and results in low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Be solution-directed. Check that your management is "servant leadership" material, not ultimatum-oriented command and control types. Stop the worthless benchmarking, and do what's right for the company, not what everyone else is doing. Treat your employees as your most important asset.

  6. Mid-management position working within the Shared Services department.

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A stable work enviroment, not prone to wild market swings (i.e. no surprise layoffs, etc.) Excellent work-life balance for certain positions and departments. Benefits package is top notch. Opportunities to advance from within. Many employees have been with the company for 30+ years.

    Cons

    Slower than most companies to adopt change, due to entitlment mentality and regulated environment. Management by consensus slows decision making process. Believe that 80% of the companies employees are Union, which creates it unique challenges or opportunities depending your position and views.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on how to simplify process and proceedures across the board, and eliminate the amount of management layers required to make decisions (take action).

  7. Gas Operations Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Gas Operations in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Intern - Gas Operations in San Ramon, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Full-time employees at PG&E are EXTREMELY willing to help you with anything you need. They treat you with a ton of respect and never did I feel like an intern. The company also really wants its interns to explore what they're interested. If you want to see gas operations, they'll take you to some gas compression/distribution/whatever station. You want to see hydro, they'll take you to see a hydro plant. You want to know more about a particular sector at PG&E? They'll get you a meeting with someone in the department. Need help with excel or programming for you internship? There's workshops for that that you can attend.

    Being an intern at PG&E is really really great. You learn A LOT about the energy industry and they try to maximize you exposure so you know even more. I had a really great experience there and it's nice to work with people who love their job.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of inefficiencies when you're working in the energy industry - so this isn't really PG&E specific. Also, the energy industry usually isn't at the forefront of technology and you'd be surprised how outdated some of their systems are. But again, this is just the way it goes in the industry, which in some ways can be good because it means there's a lot of room for improvement and you can work on making those.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great! I really felt like family working in the office and have positive experiences with everyone I worked with.

  8. All things telecom

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    sometimes everything and sometimes there isn't anything

    Cons

    noting really to report on this front

  9. Amazing Place to work

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good leadership, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Salary, kind of low, not too challenging of work

    Advice to Management

    Less beauracracy.

  10. Good for your Resume - Contract PC

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for, smart co-workers, good life and work balance, friendly people.

    Cons

    Old school technology, takes forever to implement something, no interaction with the leaders, contractors don't get treated that well.

    Advice to Management

    My manager is great, but to the managers above him please involve contractors a bit more in company activities. I know we are disposable, but don't make us feel that way

  11. Good experience, slightly repetitive

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a very structured environment, and most people are working 9-5. I interned with a bunch of new analysts, so we got to figure out a lot of things together.

    Cons

    Work was repetitive and my manager didn't have the best structure for projects to work on, so most of the time I was looking for my own projects.

    Advice to Management

    Definitely create some more engaging projects for the interns. Many of the other interns I talked to had experiences across the board. Some were working extremely hard, others were just looking for work.

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