Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2014
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3.2 382 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

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

Anthony F. Earley Jr.

(141 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    The Good and Bad

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) West Sacramento, CA (US)

    ProsOnce you pass a 9 month probation you are golden on the call center
    Benefits are cheap but they have high deductibles
    Easy job

    ConsAwful shift bids
    As a new employee information is only given if you know the questions to ask or you have a friend who can tell you
    Mid Managers build leadership teams based on who they know vs the best candidate

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a balance between promotions based on the bidding seniority process and the best candidates and their experience

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good times and bad times

    Analyst (Former Employee) San Jose, CA (US)

    ProsLots of places you can go in the company, both regionally and occupationally.

    ConsDinosaur company. Very slow moving and behind-the-times. CPUC & IBEW limits can also make things difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart practicing what you preach. And start treating your lower-middle managers/supervisors as well as you do bargaining unit employees. And stop creating so many high up positions that layers of bureaucracy. (Sr director, director, Sr manager, manager, Jr manager...etc)

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

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

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

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

    Consdecisions 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 Senior Managementlisten 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    great pay and benefits culture of fear

    Cable Splicer (Former Employee) Stockton, CA (US)

    Prosthe 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.

    Consthere 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 Senior Managementyou 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery good Benefits, Perks, Relative stability

    ConsLeadership, Outdated Technology, Slow paced environment

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    so much potential, paralyzed by politics

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

    Prosrecession-proof business; interesting changes in the sector (smartgrid etc); industry's aging workforce means many entry level opportunities; unions for all field and skilled labor; good benefits for all full time employees; good perqs and bonus structure for management (non-union)

    Conscomplicity & passivity pervade management & corp services; field techs & customer service are better as they are on the front lines but the overall culture suffers badly from a regulatory environment that guarantees profit and quasi-monopoly. all competition then, instead of to earn market share, is internal and political, creating a myopic focus on the shareholder and the regulator at the expense of the ratepayer; borderline corrupt in places

    Advice to Senior Managementvolunteer to cede all program management back to the state for open bidding and focus on managing and maintaining assets ("back to pipes & wires")

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

     

    Contractor- 8 Mo's

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

    ProsPG&E pays well and has many open temporary contract roles available at any given time. The company is centrally located for commuters using public transportation.

    ConsThe culture is terribly antiquated and lifeless. Employees wait to be told what to do and are not proactive or enthusiastic. I found most people to be very nice however there is no passion or energy to innovate or improve processes or the status quo.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pay isn't everything..

    Service Planner (Current Employee)

    ProsPay, benefits, and employee discounts. You also get to work with some really great people who care about the work that they do.

    ConsLack of training, lack of concern to the environmental impact caused by construction (a very weak procedure put in place), management has this "us against them" attitude towards union employees which make communicating concerns a tedious task, and nepotism is often tolerated, and dare I say, practiced among the ranks of management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are a lot of companies out there that issue psychological testing for managerial employees for a very good reason.. Just a thought.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company needs a new strategy for middle management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are pretty good, and the pay for management is average. If you didn't go to college, this is a great place to make good money, since unionized field workers often make much more than their non-union supervisors. People are generally nice and want to get along. Lots of training opportunities, volunteer opportunities and education reimbursement. Upper management is competent.

    ConsDon't expect to innovate here. Not much promotion from within. Highly political and bureaucratic management environment. Very hierarchical, and management expects automatic respect and deference just because of their titles, rather than earning respect through actions and leadership qualities. Mid-level management is especially poor and typically not qualified or trained for leadership. The rare, natural leaders are quickly promoted into upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend significant time identifying talent within your lower "management" ranks and promoting them into middle management positions. Look for well educated, intelligent individuals with a good mixture of technical expertise and leadership experience and/or potential, and give them challenging leadership roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This is an Accenture shop

    Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsClose to home so nice commute.

    ConsToo many people needed to make a decision.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of useless time consuming processes.

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