Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 3 February, 2015
Updated 3 February, 2015
40 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
40 Ratings

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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great pension if you can put up with the poor management

    • 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

    Nice pension plan if you stay over 5 years

    Cons

    Poor management and HR policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing. There is a reason why you keep making negative news and getting sued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awful work/life balance, and terrible middle and upper managers.

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and a family (in that order) are keeping me from becoming a contractor somewhere else.

    Cons

    This is not true for all of PG&E, but in parts of IT, they treat their employees like second class citizens. In fact, it's better to be a contractor in my organization.

    Poor planning by managers are reflected in all of the last minute and end of year projects. Oct - Dec. has become the most unhappiest time of the year especially for employees who're forced to work OT w/o any addt'l compensation.

    And forget about complaining, if there's a 360 review process, it's trash. The supervisor/middle managers get to decide who can submit a review about them. HR is useless since they don't seem to have the power to reprimand, and forget upper management, they don't care since they were all consultants and career managers who're only interested in scoring quick wins on their quick ascension to the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is an advice to the CEO/CIO. If you're interested in improving the quality of your product offerings and contribute to happy/productive employees, do the following:

    1) please vet the candidates for the Director positions carefully. Ex consultants and career managers, do not make good managers. And how is it possible that someone gets to be promoted twice w/in less than a year and become a Senior Director. Good directors beget good managers/supervisors which would then beget satisfied and content employees.

    2) You should also hire Directors and VPs who're interested in staying w/ the company for over 5 years. W/in the last 4 years, I've seen several new Senior Directors/VPs who left to pursue even higher positions.

    3) To fix the issues w/ IT, you have to talk to the employees. Hiring a consulting group and then following their suggestions by hiring more contractors and consultants will never work. Our issues are self inflicted. The employees are not motivated and feel defeated because management all the way from the supervisor to the director level do not have their best interest in mind. For that matter, they don't have PG&E's best interest in mind either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Computer operator.

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, retirement plans, wages with less training for
    African Americans.

    Cons

    Dealing with upper management racist behavior.
    .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to every employee advises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    H/R

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Short Commute is the best I can come up with for the required 5 words....

    Cons

    Just about everything else - terrible mid-management with no leadership skills. Feels like a group of "Stepford" robots who work out of fear. Everyone is graded on a curve, which makes your co-workers do everything they can to look good, including taking each other down. A real negative experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to take advice from others who have come from successful companies before they leave. The Directors of the groups generally shut this down, so it is a challenge to reach down to some fresh ideas, Leadership skills are lacking in H/R. People manage up well, but hide the dysfunction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    HR

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Only thing I could come up with is employee discount!

    Cons

    Worst company ever. Terrible mgmt! Energy company that drains you! Ironic!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue your employee engagement lacks. Terrible leadership!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very Large company, unionized mediocrity

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    The pay is good, and hours are flexible. If you want to have a stable place to work PG&E is the place for you.

    Cons

    If you want to grow your career and continue your working knowledge technically, PG&E will stifle growth and promote mediocrity. The management on the IT side of the house have zero idea how to lead. They tend to micro manage most of the time and show very little interest in streamlining any of their long drawn out procedures. Hint, creating a runbook for GPO work is not realistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the layers upon layers of leadership and talk with your technical staff. Those middle management supervisors do nothing for your forward movement and end up justifying their own existence by micro-managing everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Discriminates against Disabled Combat Vets

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre Apprentice Lineman in Stockton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Pre Apprentice Lineman in Stockton, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I interviewed twice (a year apart) and got offered a pre-apprentice lineman job. I am overly qualified for this entry level position. NLC grad, Class A license, NCCCO fix sswing cab. Army combay Vet heavy equipment operator. Grounds an ibew 3 months experience doing cut and kick in the distribution portion for pge on their property.
    Was currently making the equivalent of 120k+ a year as a crane operator.s. Had some speeding tickets, and explained it was a tough adjustment coming back home from my tour over seas, which was gnarly.

    Cons

    They told me "You're just not looking as competitive". I saw 18-20 year old kids lacking all but NLC, barely any experience, and brown skin getting the job. Safety first. How about working with a Disabled combat Veteran first? How about giving me an opportunity that I had been working towards for over 3 years. I was working 60 hours a week and on my one day off I was driving 400+ miles to see my kids on Sunday, every Sunday. I don't enjoy being on the road like that it made me feel paranoid and vulnerable do to how routine it was, I was living in a rough part of Oakland and felt like i was being watched and followed. Got speeding tickets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After Denying a Disabled Combat Veteran an opportunity to work for your company. And work hard! I showed up to work contracting for you with poison oak and sweat hard making all the Lineman look lazy.. Email him back explaining a little better why you cannot hire him? I understand that your company is all about looking good to the public and turning a profit because it is an investor owned Utility. After writing detailed and very humble letters to the head representatives of multiple positions (officers) asking for an opportunity to come and sweep floors for 6 months before taking me into the apprenticeship, please return that persons email.

  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    P&E

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, although they no longer have a traditional pension

    Cons

    Management. Too many chiefs not enough indians to really do the job. They rather have a great powerpoint on how to do something rather than doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more workers and less directors and VP's

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do your homework before working for this Company!

    • 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 full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some construction jobs and professional jobs within PG&E that are well paid with good benefits. It seems that there are long term employees in general that are loyal and stay long-term. Many in management have relatives they recommend for jobs at this company, so the environment seems "very connected."

    Sorry, but I would strongly suggest if considering employment here, check out the management if possible and see if there have been complaints - might be worth knowing.

    Cons

    From what I experienced as a new employee, it was poorly managed, unorganized, and had no established processes or training for newer employees. One-week-new hire- employees were training One-day-new-hire employees. Work was haphazardly put together in order to meet deadlines. This was confusing. When a new hire made an error, the Supervisor could be pretty vicious in return to the person. A few permanent employees made complaints to Upper Management, but no action taken. Unfortunately, problems continued. People wanted to leave. There was intolerance from supervisor towards employees with a disability! Racist remarks were made against a black-male contractor by another employee, supervisor did nothing about it! Sorry, but I can't give this company a good review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management needs to take employee complaints seriously. My advice to Management and the CEO, do not ignore employee complaints. If there is a problem brought before you, check it out thoroughly. Provide a safe "open door" to employees (both contracting and permanent) and allow them to talk about a problem without fear of losing their job. This would be a better solution than losing employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you are motivated and want to be apart of positive change this is not the place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Values are great, the concept is a great idea.

    Cons

    Their directors don't support the values and if you speak up you will be written up. If you ask for support you are threatened with loosing your job. I think they placed some of their directors in a role they are not ready for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training to your directors if you really mean the values you talk about. You still have many employees that are very unhappy and being treated really bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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