Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 20 April 2015
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  1. I Love working at this company!

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    Current Employee - Materials Lead in Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Materials Lead in Livermore, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

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

    Pros

    This is a great company with good people and job security.

    Cons

    I have no cons to enter

    Advice to Management

    None

  2. Helpful (1)

    Typical Utility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Layers upon layers of bureaucracy. No room for creativity due to risk-averse culture and business model of a regulated utility.

    Impossible to talk to anyone to get answers because everyone is always unavailable in meetings.

  3. 8 years of cross functionality

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    Current Employee - Principal Electric Compliance Specialist in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Electric Compliance Specialist in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility and diverse experience

    Cons

    Strict local and federal regulatory environment

    Advice to Management

    Continue to embrace diverse opinions

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good & Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Feelings about the company as a whole are very positive and there are a huge amount of opportunities within the company if you are ambitious and happy to move around. There are many development & training opportunities. If you are happy to stay put in a particular job as well, there are lots of folks doing just that. There is a feeling over working towards a valuable goal (providing energy to the bay area) and many of the employees are generous, friendly and helpful. HR will tell you your pay bracket if you ask after an offer. Pays well for certain fields, but not as well for others.

    Cons

    Politics are huge. The other comment on how evals & STIP are done is true, which can be frustrating. The hardest workers and biggest producers are not always rewarded. It often feels like the directors are trying to further their own careers at the expense of yours. Messages from upper management are overwhelming and inconsistent and hard to enforce. RDO, telecommuting, & flexible schedule options for management employees are talked about a lot, but offered inconsistently and not generally the norm. At every level, the focus is up at the next level of management, and not down towards employees. In many departments, there are very few women in leadership positions. Women are offered lower pay, less promotional opportunities and are often treated as second class citizens.

    Advice to Management

    If you want young talented workers, be more flexible, or you will lose out especially as the economy heats up. Focus on employee engagement over metrics (quality work will follow). Use feedback to get results rather than just collecting it.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Business Finance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Finance Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Business Finance Analyst

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Hard working and trusting colleagues, competitve conpensation. Work assignments and responsibilites can be very interesting and challenging. Company supports Six Sigma.

    Cons

    Odd/chaotic/contradicting management style. Worked for and along with Business finance and operational managers/director/vp who displayed poor management and direction. Witnessed much selfish and cutthroat behavior for petty wins and ego at the cost of productivity and trust.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Board - seek opportunities to divest the gas and electricity businesses. I have been through this divesting process with an international electric Utility company which resulted in a positive impact for all stakeholders: shareholders, customers, suppliers, employees, and regulators.

  7. IT Lead

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for:

    Cons

    Slow - stress - not so friendly

  8. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefit, and a nice work life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes a controversial place to work.

  9. Helpful (1)

    average place to work

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    easy depending on which department

    Cons

    poor management, lots of politics, lots of reorgs, lots of waste, obvious disregard for the average employee

    Advice to Management

    hire managers who actually know how to manage; stop playing political games

  10. Helpful (3)

    GO office is a "rough neighborhood". Field people are some of the best I have ever worked with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great possibilities for improvement within the company as they are adjusting to the new economy vs. the 1960's model for Utilities.

    Cons

    Any contract or lower level employees, below a director are not valued. Very high turnover for women as well. With a initiative of Culture within Change management that has been created within the last 2 years, they are not walking the talk here.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your approach to the employees, whether or not they are contractors. Staff teams so that all employees have the capacity, time and resources to do their jobs. Culture change is desperately needed from within and your management needs to lead not punish your team members for your management decisions.

  11. Great Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work to keep you busy.

    Cons

    Highly regulated industry contributes to heavy bureaucracy.

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