Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 28 October, 2014
Updated 28 October, 2014
423 Reviews
3.5
423 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 46 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • A few permanent employees made complaints to Upper Management, but no action taken (in 24 reviews)

  • Depending on the organization and your title, there is little or no work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    The MBAs are paralyzing the company

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, pension, good location, enthusiastic coworkers.

    Cons

    A whole group of people have little actual business understanding. They only know how to compare numbers and ask for variance explanations. The budget process is ridiculous. Strategic Business Management doesn't live in the real world. They need to go on rotation and understand how things really work. More and more meetings, more conference calls and getting less and less work done. Upper management screws ups and the employees end up paying the price trying to make people trust us and want to do business with us. No one can make a decision anymore. Layer upon layer of bureaucracy - manager sign off, director sign off, VP sign off, executive VP sign off ... Serious lack of trust in decision making. Too many people with MBA's run the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Does anyone do real work anymore? Less process, fewer sign offs. Let people use their minds and do their jobs. You don't realize how much time is spent reporting, on conference calls, checking and getting sign offs. Everyone is trying to add value. We could cut the workforce by 10% if someone looked closely at all the redundant non productive work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Short stay, disappointed to be leaving

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

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

    Pros

    - good pay+bonus
    - good benefits
    - interesting work
    - flexible work schedule
    - systems/application has direct impact on fellow employee safety and customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    - like any big organization
    - challenging time for the utility
    - some employees are not engaged (in plant retired) and working with them is difficult
    - still hanging on to "this is the way we have always done it"
    - not a lot of new development, buy mostly package solutions.
    - too much focus on "capital" projects and not enough investment in exploring alternatives to old problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to the new employees with experience in other organizations, its not enough to bring in a "new leader" and expect change throughout the organization
    - Make an effort to encourage and hang onto new employees, make sure they do not get discouraged too early and leave before they make a contribution.
    - Do an honest self assessment of the quality of your middle management, and clean the obvious dead wood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    stable

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    stable and ok pay, work life balance is good

    Cons

    no technology and slow paced

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Human Resources Professional

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They truly support career development and promote from within. They also provide ample funding for education. In addition, they provide excellent benefits.

    Cons

    HR was very disorganized. They are very good at identifying that they need to change, however, they are not to identify steps to bring about the change. Also, the older workforce is resistant to change. I also felt that management needed leadership development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify actionable steps to bring about change and see them through. Also, reach out to those in the lower rankings. Leadership has no idea regarding director performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Slow moving and old school culture but work/life balance is good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    Exposure to utility business
    Good pension benefits - its the only place i know that offers a 401k match and a pension plan

    Cons

    Many people are not motivated to work. The only reason many seem to come to work is to pick up a pension eventually.
    Highly regulated by CPUC and other agencies
    Due to people being in their positions for years and years, it is not easy to get promoted. Though there are a lot of people retiring now.
    Lack of innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall best company to work for!

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

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

    Pros

    Love the people! Feels like one big family! Very flexible with family needs. Great Benefits!

    Cons

    Salaries are restrictive, if you are hired at a lower pay then a coworker and end up preforming better there is the potential for years of raises before you make a comparable salary. They do not do a good job of giving raises to equalize coworkers based on skillset and actual performance. Favortism occurs like in any workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As mentioned salaries should better reflect actual performance and not be hung up on starting salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits

    Current Employee - Senior Applications Processor in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Processor in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, time off policies, work life balance, lots of employee discounts

    Cons

    personal growth, career advancement, leadership

  9.  

    Great company to work for. Was a contractor for three months.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Oracle Business Intelligence Developer in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Oracle Business Intelligence Developer in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was a contract for three months. Nice and friendly place to work

    Cons

    Company still structuring the OBIEE implementation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company offers great training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Stable, supportive, good company

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a great sense of community here. You are able to move around to different departments fairly freely and gain access to management easily. I feel like management really cares about the success of the company and its employees. Great work life balance too!

    Cons

    Parental leave policy needs some work. Just added the Wellness Center but could offer more employee benefits. Frustrating to see jobs posted that are already earmarked for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, strong sense of public purpose

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

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

    Pros

    Strong, accountable organization, clear lines of sight to goals, common alignment among teams -- everyone is rowing in the same direction. Solid development programs, pay and benefits are very competitive.

    Cons

    Nobody loves their utility company, so you need to check your ego at the door, and remember this is a regulated public utility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire your communications leaders and get a fresh start.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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