Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 21 August, 2014
Updated 21 August, 2014
399 Reviews

3.5
399 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
147 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Moving in a good direction, but is still trying to overcome bureaucratic problems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There is some real talent at the company. Recruiting has done a great job of finding more innovative thinkers, and the organization could be on a great trajectory as a result.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - very old school set-up, with closed door offices (a laugh in a progressive, start-up heaven such as SF). You risk being silo-ed, and the lack of coordination and information sharing between units may be difficult to overcome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in employee safety and in your future (employees that will want to stay and give back).

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work group teams!

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Plenty of work and if you show interest management will generously allow employees to expand their skills within the group by offering involvement in a variety of tasks and projects. Teamwork is abundant as is also a positive environment. Executive management communicates with employees often and takes an active role in understanding things from an employee level.

    Cons

    Backwards hiring and promotion process in some areas. While it seems like much of the rest of the world is getting on board with hiring the person and training the skills, PG&E is a test based hiring and promotion process in many departments. The tests aren't impossible but unnecessary because if the person is already doing the job well then it would seem that a test would be a waste of valuable resources that could be better spent in conducting a better interview and/or training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who am I to give advice to management?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Business Analyst in Customer Care

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The company provides a necessary and important service for society. People are generally smart and even-keeled.

    Cons

    Strange mix of profit motive and regulated responsibility to the public interest. Can constrain business strategy and make strategy selection criteria difficult to prioritize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In CES, our administrative staff is horribly overworked. The admin to staff ratio is far too low which means I spend time doing low-value activities that are way below my pay grade.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people

    Cons

    Moves slow and has to move faster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from the outside

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Contract Opportunity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good People
    Great Location
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    Lengthy review process
    Shared conference room space with other contractors

  7.  

    Sr Systems Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    pay, benefits, diversity, known utility brand

    Cons

    IS leadership is dictatorship, employees walking on egg-shells and moral is not just down, but totally non-existent

  8.  

    Probably a good place to be at if you are approaching retirement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert Business Analyst  in  San Francisco, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Expert Business Analyst in San Francisco, NM (US)

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

    Pros

    Company that's relatively immune to the economy cycles so job safety is there. Generally nice people. Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in. Company is huge on safety and does a lot for the environment.

    Cons

    Extremely political!!! More so that any other place I've seen or heard of. It's mostly not what you know but who you know. Many people in high level positions who are not suited for those jobs but they got there through knowing someone. Upward mobility is limited. Very difficult to change processes due the regulatory nature of the business as well as people who are resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more openly; have less meetings to talk about things that never end up getting done for one reason or another.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends on your manager as to how good your experience can be

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - IT Individual Contributor  in  San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Individual Contributor in San Ramon, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Last year I loved working for an intelligent engaged manager. I was re-orged into a group that has the worst manger I have ever worked for in my 30 years of employment.

    Cons

    Continuing on with this horrible year, my current manager does not know what he is doing. He will give me an assignment and then change it in the next few days. He is ineffective, could care less about his employees and has not sense of what his group is about. The employees are very overworked and HR knows about the lack of sufficient resources for projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My group includes highly educated individuals. Senior management should listen to the employees and give them credit for exposing a manager that is one of the worst I have encountered. Ensure there are sufficient resources for projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Reactive, political org with too many chiefs and too few indians

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

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

    Pros

    ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people

    Cons

    decisions come slowly. they don't know what to do with the talent they hire, internally focused mostly on themselves with supervisors and managers fighting to move one step up, a lonely environment to work in as there is really no reason for teams other than to have people under supervisors, you will walk away having learned little while watching your skills degrade, lack of tools and processes to do your job so it takes a long time to get easy things done, spreadsheet and numbers focused as if customers and employees are an afterthought, you will get blamed for any error even if you found something systemic and are trying to fix the issue, silo mentality, reliant on too many contractors who are treated as second class citizens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen and support your people, get out of your offices, and talk informally to those doing the work to learn what is going on in the organization, enable your talent, find the funding for better tools, stop the blame game

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Not bad, but the cons are frustrating

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for retirement, medical is pretty good too.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance although not pushed, is hard to control. In some departments in IS it is hard to excel in your career as you are asked constantly to write out and prove your worth for those advancements. This makes management very inpersonal, and as in other reviews, there are too many layers to management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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