Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 18 August, 2014
Updated 18 August, 2014
397 Reviews

3.5
397 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
146 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.  

    Senior SAP ABAP consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good Benefits, Perks, Relative stability

    Cons

    Leadership, Outdated Technology, Slow paced environment

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Contractor- 8 Mo's

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    PG&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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    so much potential, paralyzed by politics

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    • 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)

    Pros

    recession-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)

    Cons

    complicity & 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 ManagementAdvice

    volunteer to cede all program management back to the state for open bidding and focus on managing and maintaining assets ("back to pipes & wires")

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pay isn't everything..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Planner
    Current Employee - Service Planner

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, and employee discounts. You also get to work with some really great people who care about the work that they do.

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of companies out there that issue psychological testing for managerial employees for a very good reason.. Just a thought.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company needs a new strategy for middle management

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Don'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 ManagementAdvice

    Spend 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Stable Job, yet so many layers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    PG&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.

    Cons

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

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    This is an Accenture shop

    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    Close to home so nice commute.

    Cons

    Too many people needed to make a decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of useless time consuming processes.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solutions Marketing Department

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Limited 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, Culture needs big time updates

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, outstanding benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Could improve on stuffy culture

    Recommends

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