Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
459 Reviews
3.5
459 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 48 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • A few permanent employees made complaints to Upper Management, but no action taken (in 24 reviews)

  • Depending on the organization and your title, there is little or no work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fine place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Benefits are second to none in private employment
    Education benefits are great

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is insane
    Even though the company serves hundreds of mile in California the lack of distributed technology requires living in the bay area to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    True 360 degree reviews would illuminate many useless middle management employees, but the hierarchical bureaucracy is preventing that from happening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Admin. Assistant

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great Company! Great value and benefits

    Cons

    I can say anything wrong. Good to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electric Business Support Specialist in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Electric Business Support Specialist in Vacaville, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and room for growth

    Cons

    Departmental Communications and Tenure Policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with the employees in the field,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits but slow growth

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    -PG&E is a very stable company to work for.
    -Great benefits such as 401k, pension, medical
    -Compensation is average
    -Great Location
    -Great retirement package

    Cons

    -This company is very slow moving, which means slow growth.
    -Very traditional
    -It takes forever to get anything done
    -Difficult to navigate through corporate ladder
    -great place to be if you want just a 9-5 job.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Communications Lead

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company that is really trying to evolve into a better compnay - very customer and employee driven.

    Cons

    They can move slowly...they're careful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for a bit to learn about energy industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Other great people who are trying to scale energy efficiency
    Biggest energy efficiency portfolio
    Great office location
    Good work/life balance
    Sit/stand desks

    Cons

    Regulated utility (and the regulators leave something to be desired)
    Great at acquiring good talent, but not so good at keeping it
    Meetings, meetings, meetings
    Email, email, email
    Mediocre middle management- they love to promote good individual contributors but not good leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the real leaders, not the ones who "manage up" but are really only good individual contributors
    Work on employee engagement and actually care about it
    Try to be more innovative or you might look back in a few years and find that disruptive technologies and nimble companies took your business while you were busy in a meeting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principal

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

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

    Pros

    Tries to make good decisions to always do the right thing.

    Cons

    Benefits could be improved for employees, too much negative media exposure, poor employee performance rating system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Stressful

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Learning Coordinator in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Learning Coordinator in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees engage with each other. Busy work.

    Cons

    Personal politics bureaucracy. Interim management needs more training on personal personnel issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support for employees with invisible disabilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stable, but slow moving

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    PG&E pays very well. It's a utility company, so it's not going anywhere -- if you choose to work here it's most likely a stable source of income. They are very chill and lax about hours (coming in and leaving) as long as you finish your work. People are nice, there is a lot of variety in the company so you can certainly move around to different departments. Good workplace-life balance.

    Cons

    It's a government-regulated company, so it takes a lot to change anything. It can get boring because you do the same thing everyday, and it's too quiet. If you're younger, this may not be the best place to work because it can get very boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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