Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 23 April, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    PG&E has given me the opportunity to take on challenging projects and see the direct impact it has on the community.

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All kinds of training, tuition reimbursements, fellowships, rotational assignments and more to further advance your career.

    Cons

    The frequency with which non-core work falls in the laps of many groups makes it very difficult to deliver, especially when budgets are tight.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to revisit roles and responsibilities of each group and clearly define the boundaries to avoid confusion.

  2. Principal, Electric Manager

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunities to do interesting work, meet other industry professionals and do many things.

    Cons

    - Little work life balance, lack of resources, working vacations
    - PG&E insists on people working downtown or in San Ramon on a regular basis - which adds many hours to the day, is not efficient or effective, and adds to potential safety issues. (those areas are not affordable for real estate - so whats the point).
    - Directors are detached and don't have management or people skills - but think they do.

    Advice to Management

    - Ratepayers pay loads extra for all the unnecessary and inefficient travel requirements (hotels, meals, air) - require directors to do skip level meetings and become involved in the business.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Cliquey, secretive and fake

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Elk Grove, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Elk Grove, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, leave of absence, sick leave, paternity leave, FMLA leave

    Cons

    IBEW union and being forced in the union that gives money to only one political party. IBEW is always putting their political preference up but if you disagree with their political preference, you cannot protest nor take your money back. Union dues should not go towards political causes but towards the union members.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting the Union take over everything. Stop letting them post political things everywhere because it is against many of your employees political preference.

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  5. Electrical Worker

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Benefits Compared to Most Companies; Newly Hired Less Benefits Than Older Employees

    Cons

    Capricious Management, Employees, and Customers

    Advice to Management

    Do More "Soft Skills" Training for All; Make New Hires Have Better Benefits As Older; No "Two Teir"

  6. Great culture with the company moving in a positive direction

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - extremely understanding and supportive of cross function career movements
    - great talent
    - everyone is extremely friendly and helpful
    - surprisingly young crowd of employees (especially on the corporate side)
    - fascinating industry (energy generation, renewables, etc)

    Cons

    - normal issues you see in a large corporation
    - regulated company so there's little growth opportunities
    - constant change and process improvements

  7. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager- Marketing

    Current Contractor - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment
    Great location and pretty schedule with a decent pay rate.

    Cons

    Too much micro managing at times with poor strategic planning
    Its feels like a non profit instead of a large corporation

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to know what to do with staff with respect to talent and skills.
    You have a lot of talent people doing work that is beneath them.

  8. Good experience and folks with much knowledge of the utility industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Applications Release Manager in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - IT Applications Release Manager in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people in one good reason to work here.

    Cons

    Some of the management is not interested in the folks they hire but have there leads to monitor and evaluate progression which is wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Participate with the process.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Like spending most of your time wasting time instead of getting things done? This is the place for you.

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PG&E pays well, but you will be limited in annual wage increases due to their year-end appraisal system.

    Cons

    Oh where to start? In a climate that is purported to be "help you get everything done" and have a "work life balance", upper management clearly does not practice what it preaches. They will take away staff and expect the same amount of work to be done. Instead of coming up will supportive solutions, management thinks of ways to make tasks more arduous. Although they claim they want everyone to be "safe", driving 5-6 hours in a day is not unusual. And be careful--if you're hired, at least 10-15% of the workforce is place in the "developing" category annually, which is stimatizing and results in low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Be solution-directed. Check that your management is "servant leadership" material, not ultimatum-oriented command and control types. Stop the worthless benchmarking, and do what's right for the company, not what everyone else is doing. Treat your employees as your most important asset.

  10. Mid-management position working within the Shared Services department.

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A stable work enviroment, not prone to wild market swings (i.e. no surprise layoffs, etc.) Excellent work-life balance for certain positions and departments. Benefits package is top notch. Opportunities to advance from within. Many employees have been with the company for 30+ years.

    Cons

    Slower than most companies to adopt change, due to entitlment mentality and regulated environment. Management by consensus slows decision making process. Believe that 80% of the companies employees are Union, which creates it unique challenges or opportunities depending your position and views.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on how to simplify process and proceedures across the board, and eliminate the amount of management layers required to make decisions (take action).

  11. Gas Operations Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Gas Operations in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Intern - Gas Operations in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Full-time employees at PG&E are EXTREMELY willing to help you with anything you need. They treat you with a ton of respect and never did I feel like an intern. The company also really wants its interns to explore what they're interested. If you want to see gas operations, they'll take you to some gas compression/distribution/whatever station. You want to see hydro, they'll take you to see a hydro plant. You want to know more about a particular sector at PG&E? They'll get you a meeting with someone in the department. Need help with excel or programming for you internship? There's workshops for that that you can attend.

    Being an intern at PG&E is really really great. You learn A LOT about the energy industry and they try to maximize you exposure so you know even more. I had a really great experience there and it's nice to work with people who love their job.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of inefficiencies when you're working in the energy industry - so this isn't really PG&E specific. Also, the energy industry usually isn't at the forefront of technology and you'd be surprised how outdated some of their systems are. But again, this is just the way it goes in the industry, which in some ways can be good because it means there's a lot of room for improvement and you can work on making those.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great! I really felt like family working in the office and have positive experiences with everyone I worked with.

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