Pacific Gas and Electric
3.2 of 5 327 reviews
www.pge.com San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.2 327 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

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

Anthony F. Earley Jr.

(109 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "GREAT work life balance, competitive salary for the responsibilities and expectations"
    in 29 reviews
  • "Excellent opportunities for advancement, good pay and benefits, a good company with great history and sense of pride"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "It's hard to get your job done if you're constantly trying to prove your worth to upper management"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Too many senior management layers, too dependent on outside consultants"
    in 10 reviews
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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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Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsBenefits. Great pay.

ConsStay away from the call center

Advice to Senior ManagementHold middle managers accountable for mediocre performance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great benefits, good work/life balance, great boss, but no training!

Directors Assistant (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsPeople work there for YEARS, so something must be right.

ConsLack of effective procedures.

Advice to Senior ManagementSet new hires up for success.

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

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Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsGood mix of experience levels. Senior level staff very willing to work to help new staff learn.
Project lead managed work level and schedule very well.

ConsAs a contractor, my interaction with business leaders was limited. I felt that I could have contributed more, but since I was not a company employee, my range of work was too focused.

Advice to Senior ManagementTeam management changed during the time I worked there. Not communicated well to contract staff members.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent place to work.

Gas Control Tech (Former Employee)
Stockton, CA (US)

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

ProsGreat pay, and benefits.Lots of opportunity.

ConsSome people working there make a sport of causing others trouble, these people are usually well connected, and for some reason tend to get away with it.Some people are treated better then others because of this.People who just want to do their job, without the drama, fall victim to these groups of people. I guess this occurs everywhere, but it shouldn't.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make decisions based on rumors. Some people show up to work,and others to play games, with others careers.Find out what is really going, on without bias, from the rumor mill, before taking a persons career from them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great People, Great Company, Great Benefits, sometimes boring job.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor

ProsWorking for PG&E has been a great exp for me! I've learned a lot of new skills in Distribution Operations that I never had before. Management has always been great with me. I can't speak for other departments, but the people I've worked with in Distribution Ops are great people and very helpful!

-Great Co-workers and Management
-Great Pay
-Great Benefits

ConsI could only think of two cons to be honest:

- The job can become very stressful and repetitive while working long hours and sometimes on-call.

- Although the company is very large, the locations you are able to work in Ops is very limited and not in the most desirable locations.

That being said, you able to move from department to department in PG&E to keep your work life interesting and find better locations to work. This does however require you to have some seniority in the union, which may take some time.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing. Great Job!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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PG&E was a wonderful company to work for.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

ProsEmployees were always respectful of each other.

ConsI can't think of any right now.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

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Senior Procurement Specialist (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

Prosthe people that I worked with were very nice and very willing to train me with SRM

ConsChatty, everyone hears and joins conversations.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more aggressive with chat and keep it to a minimum.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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Interesting combination of trying to move forward and stuck in the past

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

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

ProsNice group of people to work with committed to thier work

Conssuch a large company that they often get caught up in the way things have always have been done and struggle to widely effect change

Advice to Senior Managementkeep focused on your objectives, don't let short term challenges derail progress

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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