Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 23 January, 2015
Updated 23 January, 2015
459 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 48 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 24 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 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful work/life balance, and terrible middle and upper managers.

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and a family (in that order) are keeping me from becoming a contractor somewhere else.

    Cons

    This is not true for all of PG&E, but in parts of IT, they treat their employees like second class citizens. In fact, it's better to be a contractor in my organization.

    Poor planning by managers are reflected in all of the last minute and end of year projects. Oct - Dec. has become the most unhappiest time of the year especially for employees who're forced to work OT w/o any addt'l compensation.

    And forget about complaining, if there's a 360 review process, it's trash. The supervisor/middle managers get to decide who can submit a review about them. HR is useless since they don't seem to have the power to reprimand, and forget upper management, they don't care since they were all consultants and career managers who're only interested in scoring quick wins on their quick ascension to the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is an advice to the CEO/CIO. If you're interested in improving the quality of your product offerings and contribute to happy/productive employees, do the following:

    1) please vet the candidates for the Director positions carefully. Ex consultants and career managers, do not make good managers. And how is it possible that someone gets to be promoted twice w/in less than a year and become a Senior Director. Good directors beget good managers/supervisors which would then beget satisfied and content employees.

    2) You should also hire Directors and VPs who're interested in staying w/ the company for over 5 years. W/in the last 4 years, I've seen several new Senior Directors/VPs who left to pursue even higher positions.

    3) To fix the issues w/ IT, you have to talk to the employees. Hiring a consulting group and then following their suggestions by hiring more contractors and consultants will never work. Our issues are self inflicted. The employees are not motivated and feel defeated because management all the way from the supervisor to the director level do not have their best interest in mind. For that matter, they don't have PG&E's best interest in mind either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Interning at PG&E

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

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

    Pros

    - Their intern program is growing rapidly and not too hard to get into
    - They are projected to have nearly 300 interns next summer
    - Lots of "networking" aka fun bonding days
    - Good pay
    - Very nice people
    - Good benefits
    - Get to hear from top VP's and even the CEO and ask questions
    - Clear company vision with safety as a number one priority
    - Lots of people end up working here for a long time - I think the average tenure is approximately 18 years
    - Extremely stable because it's a utility company

    Cons

    Personally, I didn't face any real challenges while working here. They do, however, not have the best reputation in the world, as the San Bruno incident is still pending charges. However, the company itself is extremely well-run and is doing everything in its power to make safety its number one priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good stable company with job security.

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

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

    Pros

    Large stable company, good benefits with pension, years of expertise with colleagues. The company is very progress in the clean energy/energy efficiency work it does compared to many other utilities across the country. Most people who work there have been there for decades and have a wealth of knowledge, which is very valuable and a great resource.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, overly regulated, very hierarchical and everything seems to move at snails pace. A lot of time on the job is spent on multiple regulatory requests and endless reporting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little less risk averse.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great 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

    Great people and an important mission of safely providing gas and electric services

    Cons

    Difficult to have so many negative news stories

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep making the progress that has been made over the last few years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work with lots of benefits!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are lots of hard working individuals in the company. They strive to do the best they can at every given moment. The pay and benefits are top notch, and vacation time is great.

    Cons

    I had a chance to work in two different offices and experienced totally different work environments. As with every company there's always people that are too stubborn and high strung. Make lots of friends, but always protect yourself with emails the best you can. I wasn't as good as playing the game as everyone else so I decided to leave the company after falsified accusations placed on me. I still love the company, but a bad apple is a bad apple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more in touch with employees. They are out of the office too much and don't understand what really goes on in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    1st year employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    great benefits & career progression

    Cons

    old school business. new blood is needed to enhance company.

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

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    PG&E cares about their employees and offers many opportunities to grow and move. The office is clean and the pace is casual except during crunch time.

    Cons

    It's a staid company. Many older employees waiting to retire. I didn't find the culture too exciting. Some days dragged on for hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the employees and find out what would make PG&E a more exciting place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    PG&E IT worker

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

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

    Pros

    PG&E is a very stable, employee oriented company with deep roots in the community. The employees are very smart and hard-working. PG&E is one of the greenest electric utilities in America.

    Cons

    PG&E is under tremendous pressure to reduce costs due to competition from community choice aggregators and rooftop solar companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Honest

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    People love the company very much.

    Cons

    Very much a good old boy system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good old boy system! Many family members work at pge.

  11.  

    Still a great place

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great in certain roles and based on the manager a flex schedule is possible
    Salaries are competitive
    Great service territory with lots of opportunities to move throughout the company and hold different positions in ones career
    They offer a 75% match up to 8% of salary in 401k
    Still offer a cash balance pension to new employees. Not as lucrative as the past final pay pension but you're only going to get that with the thieving government

    Cons

    Lots of competition for promotions
    Company has had some major regulatory hurdles in the past 3 years
    The legislation is giving unfair advantages to the utilities natural competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight back against unnecessary intrusive regulation , let the public know that rates aren't being driven up by the company's management but by the utopian idiots at the CPUC and state Capitol

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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