Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 382 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.

Anthony F. Earley Jr.

(141 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Ok

    Senior Software Developer (Former Employee) San Ramon, CA (US)

    Prosvery good health coverage and pension

    Conslow growth and slow promotion

    Advice to Senior Managementgive good promotions

     

    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with and it's at a great location

    Consbig company, hard to move positions

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    Good learning experience.

    Director (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsInteresting work and opportunities to expand ones expertise.

    ConsMiddle Management (Director/Senior Director) do not share information openly. Seems political. Senior manager level with 20+ years of service seem to act very resistant to outside hires.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    There was good and bad but I really struggled with not being paid as much as everyone else

    Program Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsWork/Life Balance. Granted I worked in Operations and as a Contractor for this company and the flexibility of my schedule was great. And when I moved to Program Management, my work life balance got even better. As long as you get your work done, that is the main focus. If you need to leave early or work from home, you just need to let your manager know. Granted this is dependent on your manager but I was lucky enough to work for people who allowed for this flexibility. As a program manager, I was really able to own my program and make the decisions on how to make it run effectively. Raises and bonuses come every year for the time that I worked here.

    ConsAlthough, most people say the pay is great, I did not experience this. I came in severely underpaid and never got to where I should have been even with several raises. Management did not work to ensure I was paid fairly and I knew everyone else was being paid more than me.

    Technology is so behind. It hinders getting things accomplished on a daily basis.

    Career Paths aren't clear and it is hard to move up here unless you are friends with the right people. It is not how much work you do or how smart you are, it's all about who you know. Granted it is probably like that in corporate america period.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your people more and make sure you have the right people doing the right jobs. Please please invest in technology to make the business run better and more efficiently.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Experience has been okay- company does well and their is longevity.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat company culture- good benefits.

    ConsManagement is VERY OLD SCHOOL. It takes a LOT of effort to get promoted in IT. Does not work the same in other departments. The leadership team in IT have a very negative approach on change management and have poor organizational leadership skills. They protect each other so don't get on leaderships bad side!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

    EHS Professional (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsGreat benefits, generous resources for providing gear and equipment, motivated co-workers, community involvement and an established, respected company.

    ConsHuge bureaucracy, EHS group is not coordinated and often works at cross purposes. Stove-piping and lack of support for new voices and careerism characterizes much of upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at the overall EHS organization and consolidate it. Hire some outside professionals and actually listen to their advice. deal with the issue of competition between Gas and Electric EHS organizations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Expert Business Analyst (Current Employee) San Francisco, NM (US)

    ProsCompany 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not bad, but the cons are frustrating

    Applications Programmer (Current Employee) Sacramento, CA (US)

    ProsGreat benefits for retirement, medical is pretty good too.

    ConsWork-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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Stable Job, yet so many layers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPG&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.

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

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    Great if you want a nine to five and a great retirement

    Developer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsLaid back atmosphere with a great work life balance. You can work a 8 nine hour days and get a "RDO" (Rotational Day Off). That basically means you get to have a three day weekend twice a month. You won't be paid the same as working for a software company since you work for a IT department for a utility company. But if you want stability and want to be lazy this is the place for you.

    ConsIT talent is sub par at best. Employee's have to try hard to get fired so there is no motivation to keep up with the pace of technology. A majority of the IT staff is over the age of 50 and hesitant to adapt to new technologies. Best coding practices are not enforced and a majority of the coding is done by contractors. Contractors stay for extended periods of time sometimes over five to ten years. Recently, they require contractors to be released after two years. But this just means they switch from one department to the other.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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