Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 381 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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    Impressive moves in IT

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe current CIO is taken this company from the dark ages into the present. She has quite a task. She is moving the company on all fronts - hardware, software, and governance. Overall leadership team is great - but is starting to see troubling turn-over . . . which makes one wonder the near future of the IT function.
    Excellent benefits - decent work-life balance.

    ConsThe battle for dominance between IT and Business still exists. Business is still old school - with a tremendous amount of mis-trust, which creates a political environment that is sometimes hard to swallow. Promotion's are rarely merit - based, with incompetence rising faster to the top then competence. Director's are semi-gods, whether they perform or not. Lagging salaries as compared to other companies, and real life career development/chances for internal promotion - are minimal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company needs to drastically improve its HR function. This has been a longstanding issue - that both insiders and outsiders are aware off. HR still has the old school mentalities that outside is better than inside. Executive Management needs to change its culture for looking to the outside to fix its problems, and look at the wonderful talent base the enterprise has. Talent is leaving due to politics, lack of internal appreciation, internal promotion, and/or lagging compensation. In short - stop looking outside to fix internal problems - look inside

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Values employees, overall a good place to work

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsCompany culture is friendly, respectful with safety at the top of the company values. Learning and work life balance is encouraged and supported. The company is generous to the community and is considered a leader in environmental initiatives.

    ConsToo many processes, management layers and politics. Due to the regulated nature of the utility industry, the company is compliance driven which inhibits innovation. Creative talent and technology frontrunners will find this company running at a "slow and sure" pace. Project or products take a very long time to get approved because the company is highly scrutinized by the public.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp new hires navigate through the politics and gain access to tribal knowledge so they can succeed in their jobs and help the company achieve its goals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Director's Assistant

    Director's Assistant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsWhat I like the most working for PG&E are their benefit programs, pension plans, tuition reimbursement program, and as well provide a child center (using lottery system) for the employees. Most of the employees are very family oriented and friendly, they don't hesitate to tranfer knowledge. They have 24/7 IT support. They concern with your healty and safety at work.

    ConsThey needs do more work in their Talent Connect. Seems like the process is very slow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very stable environment. Committed to being safer.

    Ccsa (Current Employee) Rancho Cordova, CA (US)

    ProsI have been here for about one year and have had no issues. They give you the overtime you want as well as the days off that you need with no harassment. There is a well developed culture between the employees.

    ConsWhen people need technology assistance, It always seems to be an emergency. Maybe management could loosen their grip on their employees a little bit so they do not feel like their life hangs in the balance with every word document.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep making positive strides and keep making the safety improvements i have seen implemented in my short time with PG&E.

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

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    Lot of opportunities! Great benefits!! Right time to join the company

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

    ProsOpportunities in many functional areas including rotational opportunities. Opportunities to work on many emerging areas such as Solar Power, SmartGrid, Environmental Protection (GHG/cap and trade) just to name a few. New leaderships attracting industry leaders. Great people to work with.

    ConsReactive rather than pro-active because of the current regulatory environment. Negative media coverage can be demoralizing.

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

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    A pretty typical experience of working for a large company.

    Senior Paralegal (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsBenefits, relatively low stress level.

    ConsBureaucracy, reactionary rather than proactive management style.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Lake Los Angeles, CA (US)

    ProsBenefits and salary level good

    ConsHours and long week days

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep truckin

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great workplace

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis is a great company with great benefits and job security. I've been here for a year and find PG&E to be a very ethical workplace.

    ConsThis is a great company with great benefits and job security. I've been here for a year and find PG&E to be a very ethical workplace.

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    Good people. Mediocre management. Constant shift in direction.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of great people committed to their jobs, customers and company. Great place for learning about energy and utilities. Good training opportunities.

    ConsManagement often more focused on pleasing the level above them, rather than the people reporting to them

    Advice to Senior ManagementSlow down and push back (gracefully) on senior management to protect your teams

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company with multiple personalities and associated opportunities and challenges

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat pay and benefits, support for volunteering

    ConsDysfunctional because of several recent organizational changes as the company tries to reinvent itself in a hostile political environment. The company has significantly increased its middle and upper management bureaucratic bench-strength over the past 4 years without much improvement in profit or performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish standards for directors, managers and supervisors to collectively be more hands-on in their duties and should have better understanding of their team's activities. Hold them responsible and accountable for their performance and encourage them to empower their employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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