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Still dysfunctional

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Current Employee - IT Analyst in Fairfield, CA (US)
Current Employee - IT Analyst in Fairfield, CA (US)

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

Pros

Good pay, excellent benefits and that's pretty much it.

Cons

IT senior directors and middle management are completely dysfunctional. 1) No sense of accountability especially in the ISTS department where trouble tickets would sit for days and only worked on by a few dedicated employees. 2) IT Projects are never planned correctly and ends up being descoped due to lack of funding 3) Codependent relationship between Business and IT with most IT managers being pushed around by Business to meet unreasonable deadlines. 4) Contractors are King with some working for PG&E for years. Employees are expected to work unreasonable overtime and being on-call without being compensated accordingly. 5) Thinking outside the box and showing any initiative are always met with indifference and definitely no recognition.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need major rethinking around accountability, developing a healthy relationship with Business and especially employee retention -- the pay and the benefits are not enough.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loved job, inconsistent leadership

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    Former Employee - Substation Maintenance
    Former Employee - Substation Maintenance

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

    Pros

    Excellent wages, benefits, steady employment

    Cons

    MId level and higher management too centered on protecting own job to be effective leaders. Little reciprocation of loyalty towards subordinates. Identifying and correcting problems secondary to cya.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide genuine direction and support for solutions. Be consistent and utilize proven practices. Stop trying to reinvent the company every three years, which leads to unreasonable amounts of regulation and confusion. Attitude is more important than bureaucratic micromanagement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not work for the Information Security department. Can't speak for other departments.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, worked with great, talented folks until I left.

    Cons

    Where do I begin. From late 2011 until somewhat recently, the Information Security department hemorrhaged employees. It started with a *mass* lay off in late 2011, and then attrition took over as dismal moral followed suit. One only needs to do a casual search on LinkedIn to see the exodus of folks from the organization since late 2011 with IT security credentials. The drama began when the old CIO left and a new CIO came in - with no energy sector experience. While seemingly ambitious and pleasant, she began to fire people almost as quickly as she started. Many people got laid off in the process, to include the CISO at the time. The CISO was replaced by an internal candidate who was also a seemingly pleasant guy, but would also have rally prep talks and then proceed to sign folks termination papers. While I no doubt believe he was following orders from above, he is every bit as responsible for the slow demise of the department.

    The feeling of mistrust is pervasive in much of IT and especially Information Security. It's disappointing because it didn't have to be that way. This is a symptom of the regressive steps taken to create a more "lean, agile" department. While this goal was and is worthwhile, core staff was alienated in the process of doing so that were with the department for a long time. As a company with a laundry list of information security concerns, this would seem rather counter productive.

    Bottom line: there have been a lot of job postings for PG&E this year, looking for "CISSPs" and that is because a ton of people left. If you want a stable job, if you want to be able to actually trust management, if you do not want to deal with corporate cuts, stay away from this organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What has taken place over the past year would be fitting for an MBA program case study in how "not to eviscerate your IT security organization". While there were a lot of dinosaurs that found their way to the door, there were a lot of neat, innovative programs that were axed as well. Don't fool yourself thinking the right decisions were made because clearly you see an organization with the vast majority of people that were there a year ago - gone. And all that knowledge and talent with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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