Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.2 381 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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    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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    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

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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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    Good Stable Job, yet so many layers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPG&E for the most part is a very stable place to work. Good pay and flexible. Most employees take a lot of pride in their work and the company. Benefits are very good and lots of the people are great.

    ConsDifficult to have an impact if not in a leadership role. Often hard to get things accomplished due to so many decision-making layers.

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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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    Good work & great people, but highly political organization

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

    ProsThe people and challenges to tackle are tremendous. You get to work at a scale that's hard to match. There are great groups and organizations. Training, pay and work-life balance are hard to beat.

    ConsThere's just a tremendous amount of bureaucracy to make things happen. The organization excels at getting in its own way with continual reorgs and shifting priorities coming down from middle management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you really want to deliver a great customer experience, invest in our systems and put the right resources in place to deliver exceptional products and services.

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

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    Solutions Marketing Department

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat colleagues, awesome team to work with daily - including internal clients and external agencies. I was a part of the team when the department was young and growing and it was exciting to be a part of that effort for several years. Have made a lot of lifelong friends and connections. PG&E is also really willing to invest in your professional growth/development with classes/seminars.

    ConsLimited opportunity for growth - already top heavy in the management arena for the marketing department specifically
    New management came on board in late 2012 and the atmosphere/culture became a lot less enjoyable
    Too many politics - both internally and with the regulatory entities - it prevents work from getting done and progress from being made

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to do better at listening to your employees and ACT upon what they are telling you in how things can be improved. There is a lot of 'acknowledgement' of the problems but no action to truly fix it. Lots of great talent has been lost and without implementing some changes, more will likely go too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, Culture needs big time updates

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

    ProsSuper smart and friendly people, great growth opportunities, great leadership

    ConsThe SF PG&E offices haven't updated the dress code since the 80’s.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpdate our dress code Its time! Dressy casual (Jeans dressed up) has arrived and works for literally every other successful company that surrounds us in San Francisco. Walking around the SF offices feels entirely old and stuffy! And it impacts the energy. An updated look will not only reenergize people but will attract a younger generation of employees.

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

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunities for growth, outstanding benefits and work-life balance

    ConsCould improve on stuffy culture

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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