Pacific Gas and Electric
3.2 of 5 324 reviews
www.pge.com San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated Mar 06, 2014
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82% Approve of the CEO

Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.

Anthony F. Earley Jr.

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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For those wanting a cushy, stable, uninspired job

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

Pros9am to 5pm everyday, no later, no earlier
It's almost impossible to get fired
Great for lateral movement
Their salary range is above average
Pension!
Inexpensive medical/dental/vision benefits
401k company matching

ConsUninspiring work
Tough to move up
People tend to fall into a trance, where they lose ambition but learn to do their job in their sleep
Tons of red tape

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It wasn't for me.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for less than a year

ProsLots of room to advance, and move around the company.

ConsHowever, years of internal promotion has lead to under qualified people being promoted into positions they aren't qualified for.

The overall talk I got from multiple directions was "Fix it and make it better, but don't change anything. People here are slow to accept change." I'm sorry, but if something is broken and you need to fix it, then you also need change something.

Advice to Senior ManagementRealize when you don't have internal talent to perform at industry standard levels, and hire from the outside. You have the right roles identified, but you have the wrong people filing them.

I hope you can find a way to retain 'new blood' when you get them on board.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Disposable contractors

IT Project Manager SCADA Lifecycle (Former Employee)

I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThere are a wide variety of contract types available.

ConsA contractor can expect no consideration to be given to the continuance of their livelihood. Decisions in complete discord with any promises made during the hiring procesd can be expected. The initially stated contract length means nothing and you can expect no warning if the contract will be cut short. Even if you were let's say, in the middle of a home loan modification and loss of income would cost you your home. That would be something of no concern here despite all the early assurances during the hiring process that the contract would continue in excess of the stated length in the job req.
it's truly reprehensible, the degree to which the value of a contracted worker has become here.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdopt polices where you actually have some concern for the well being of people coming to work there, even if they are contractors. We're people with lives as well as your FTEs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Transmission Planning

Transmission Planning (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

ProsDepending on your group, it could be a very easy learning curb.
Very knowledgable employees, most with decades of experience

ConsThey don't really put any emphasis on your educational background, just the years you've been with the company. Horrendous upper management, who won't fight for you when the time comes for a promotion. Also no direction on the future of the company

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Politics are debilitating

Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsGood work-life balance, decent pay.

ConsWhile there is momentum towards pushing the company to a new (better) place, the intensely political environment, and lack of employee trust, seriously hinders progress. The decision making process is extremely dysfunctional, so implementing anything new is very difficult. The culture does not make it an enjoyable place to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementIn order to sustain the company, you will need to think about how you will attract and retain young talent

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Varied Experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

Pros-Great location in San Francisco.

-Tuition reimbursement that no one seems to take advantage of.

-Up until 2013, the health care plan was very good, however, that changed.

-Generous pension for people who were with the company before 2013.

Cons-No respect for higher education. You will have Directors in the Company who have never been college who resent people who have graduate school degrees.

-Sexist company full of older, white men who treated well-educated young women like secretaries from a bad episode of "Mad Men." However, this has to do with the demographics of the company: older white men over 50. It's been referred to as the "silver tsunami."

-Ridiculously small pay raises and bad bonuses: $25 gift cards to Safeway that cause $10 to be deducted from your next paycheck? Seriously!!

- Forced ranking in performance reviews: they will throw someone under the bus even if everyone is performing. They borrowed this concept from Enron's rank and yank.

-HR department can be ineffective when dealing with complaints of sexual harassment.

-No flexibility with work: telecommuting is like pulling teeth. People clockwatch like nobody's business.

Advice to Senior ManagementJoin the Year 2013. Stop running the Company like it's 1954. The internal dysfunction is apparent to people on the outside, which is why certain cities want to leave the service territory. No other investor-owned utility in the state has CCA problems.

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Benefits, yay! Culture, nay!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

ProsDecent pay. Flexible work schedule.

ConsA little more about the "calibration" process for non-bargaining unit employees which another person mentioned in his 6/11/13 review.

Annual bonus is referred to as STIP (shot term incentive program).

STIP pay = annual pay * STIP target * company STIP score * employee rating

Employee STIP target is a fixed number based on job level. It is 10% for individual contributors. Supervisors can be 10%, 12%, or 15% depending on area. Managers are 20%.

Company STIP score is calculated annually at the top based on share price performance, safety incidents, customer satisfaction surveys and other factors. It typically falls between 0.5 and 1.5.

Employee rating is the output of "calibration." Employees are placed into one of three buckets at calibration time. Developing (<1.0 score), meeting expectations (1.0 score), or exceeding expectations (1.0-1.5 score). Upper management hands down guidelines on what percentage of an organization's individual contributors must fall into each bucket. Supervisors and managers hold a series of meetings with each other in which they put names on post-it notes and stick them on a whiteboard in one of the buckets.

First, the highest ranking manager picks his friends and rates them the highest. These become the untouchables. Then the rest of the participants fight with each other to get as many of their reports and friends as high as they can. Rating is not based on job performance, but on your supervisor's ability or desire to stick up for you when another says you should be rated lower because one of his reports told him that he heard you once responded slowly to some email, or chose to follow the rules instead of doing favors for his people, he just doesn't like you, or whatever else he can make up on the spot. This is done to knock people out of higher brackets to make room for the accusing supervisor's own reports.

Little to no weight is placed on job performance. Participants focus instead on the company's values of diversity, safety, communication, and other things which cannot be objectively measured and any right or wrong is only opinion. These are collectively referred to as "competencies," despite not in any way fitting the definition of that word. This model gives management a lot of room to create the reality they want, rather than be bound by facts.

There is no follow up on the veracity of any claims. No individual contributor is permitted to address any supposed issues. Employees are tried, convicted, and sentenced based entirely on hearsay without ever being allowed to face their accuser or the judge. Meeting participants are forbidden to disclose the details of these meetings or tell any individual contributor about anything claimed which affected their rating.

The company talks big about honesty and integrity, with its president sending out weekly emails containing feel good stories about how PG&E should always do the right thing, but its management culture would make the Obama administration blush.

Advice to Senior ManagementWalk your talk or walk out the door.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Regional Energy Monopoly

Analyst (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsLarge number of employees, Large company

ConsNot a small town, small company

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's management

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Lots of disfunction in Middle Manangement... many poor managers with no people experience.

Human Resources (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsA pension if you already work there - the new work force has to go to a 401k.

ConsVery poor middle management and virtually no response to the problem. PG&E has hired and promoted too many people with no supervision experience. They do not train them well - leave them to fend for themselves and the result is very poor morale among the rank and file. If you have a high-end position or technical job, there are better opportunities outside of PG&E without the headaches. If you need to learn a trade or a clerical skill, this is a better place to be.

Advice to Senior ManagementInstitue a skip-level review. Don't turn a blind eye to employee complaints about first level supervisors and managers. These are the people who are running the Company. You need to train them and provide support. I am a support person, so I have a bird's eye view to the disfunction. There is no process to remove a Manager who has no business managing people and there are too many of them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not what it used to be...

Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 10 years

ProsDecent compensation, good work/life balance. benefits are not what they used to be, but, are still above average.

ConsQuality and safe work is not valued here anymore. Speed, cost, and profit drive all facets of the business today. Gone are the days where focus on the customer, safety, and quality are top priorities. The company used to be focused on long term success not short term gains, however, today it is more about pulling every last drop out of revenue from customers to make larger profits. The general offices in SF are filled with folks running the business without any exposure of what's going on in the field. Employees used to be valued and not just tossed away every 2-3 years in a continuous cycle of reorganizations of departments.

Advice to Senior ManagementReturn to keeping a solid long term plan in place and truly keep working toward that goal. Value and listen to your experienced employees and truly care about them. Morale is terrible mostly due to constant cutbacks and reorganizations in the same departments every 2 years.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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