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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 16 August 2014
Updated 16 August 2014
396 Reviews

3.5
396 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 38 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits, support for volunteering (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • It's hard to get your job done if you're constantly trying to prove your worth to upper management (in 22 reviews)

  • Middle management presents a significant barrier to changing corporate culture (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Reactive, political org with too many chiefs and too few indians

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

    Pros

    ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people

    Cons

    decisions come slowly. they don't know what to do with the talent they hire, internally focused mostly on themselves with supervisors and managers fighting to move one step up, a lonely environment to work in as there is really no reason for teams other than to have people under supervisors, you will walk away having learned little while watching your skills degrade, lack of tools and processes to do your job so it takes a long time to get easy things done, spreadsheet and numbers focused as if customers and employees are an afterthought, you will get blamed for any error even if you found something systemic and are trying to fix the issue, silo mentality, reliant on too many contractors who are treated as second class citizens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen and support your people, get out of your offices, and talk informally to those doing the work to learn what is going on in the organization, enable your talent, find the funding for better tools, stop the blame game

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work group teams!

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work and if you show interest management will generously allow employees to expand their skills within the group by offering involvement in a variety of tasks and projects. Teamwork is abundant as is also a positive environment. Executive management communicates with employees often and takes an active role in understanding things from an employee level.

    Cons

    Backwards hiring and promotion process in some areas. While it seems like much of the rest of the world is getting on board with hiring the person and training the skills, PG&E is a test based hiring and promotion process in many departments. The tests aren't impossible but unnecessary because if the person is already doing the job well then it would seem that a test would be a waste of valuable resources that could be better spent in conducting a better interview and/or training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who am I to give advice to management?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Business Analyst in Customer Care

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

    Pros

    The company provides a necessary and important service for society. People are generally smart and even-keeled.

    Cons

    Strange mix of profit motive and regulated responsibility to the public interest. Can constrain business strategy and make strategy selection criteria difficult to prioritize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In CES, our administrative staff is horribly overworked. The admin to staff ratio is far too low which means I spend time doing low-value activities that are way below my pay grade.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Benefits

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people

    Cons

    Moves slow and has to move faster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from the outside

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Contract Opportunity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good People
    Great Location
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    Lengthy review process
    Shared conference room space with other contractors

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work & great people, but highly political organization

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

    Pros

    The people and challenges to tackle are tremendous. You get to work at a scale that's hard to match. There are great groups and organizations. Training, pay and work-life balance are hard to beat.

    Cons

    There's just a tremendous amount of bureaucracy to make things happen. The organization excels at getting in its own way with continual reorgs and shifting priorities coming down from middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really want to deliver a great customer experience, invest in our systems and put the right resources in place to deliver exceptional products and services.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sr Systems Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    pay, benefits, diversity, known utility brand

    Cons

    IS leadership is dictatorship, employees walking on egg-shells and moral is not just down, but totally non-existent

  9.  

    Great people, Culture needs big time updates

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    Super smart and friendly people, great growth opportunities, great leadership

    Cons

    The SF PG&E offices haven't updated the dress code since the 80’s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update our dress code Its time! Dressy casual (Jeans dressed up) has arrived and works for literally every other successful company that surrounds us in San Francisco. Walking around the SF offices feels entirely old and stuffy! And it impacts the energy. An updated look will not only reenergize people but will attract a younger generation of employees.

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

    Depends on your manager as to how good your experience can be

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    Current Employee - IT Individual Contributor  in  San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Individual Contributor in San Ramon, CA (US)

    Pros

    Last year I loved working for an intelligent engaged manager. I was re-orged into a group that has the worst manger I have ever worked for in my 30 years of employment.

    Cons

    Continuing on with this horrible year, my current manager does not know what he is doing. He will give me an assignment and then change it in the next few days. He is ineffective, could care less about his employees and has not sense of what his group is about. The employees are very overworked and HR knows about the lack of sufficient resources for projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My group includes highly educated individuals. Senior management should listen to the employees and give them credit for exposing a manager that is one of the worst I have encountered. Ensure there are sufficient resources for projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    great pay and benefits culture of fear

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cable Splicer  in  Stockton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Cable Splicer in Stockton, CA (US)

    Pros

    the pay and benefits are excellent.there are several ways to advance your career.large service territory so in time you will be able to work in area you want.

    Cons

    there is no backup from supervisors.will work you in to the ground then when you make mistake they will not stand by you.this is due to the fact that upper managment has them in fear of loosing thier job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you have a lot of good and talented people.talk to them. listen to them.you send out surveys but they never seem to amount to anything at least while i worked there.everytime we got new senior management they put in new mandates without seeing what worked and what didnt.the co preaches saftey but in certian areas such as crew size and staffing levels the dollar always came first.qne of my biggest complaints was that when we had meetings with senior managment [vps and above] when you asked question they could talk for 5 minutes and still not answer the question

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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