Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
423 Reviews
3.5
423 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO 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 46 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 22 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 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work experience

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

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

    Pros

    Company values, work atmopsphere, work ethic:
    I found employees across the company very professional, collaborative, and genuinely willing to do the right thing.
    Hours of the corporate office are great. Benefits are excellent, and a pension plan, salaries can be very good as they want to retain the best people possible for the HQ office.

    Cons

    Conservative and sometimes a very stiff work atmosphere, executives make employees nervous as they have a great degree of influence. That sounds normal but it can feel very old school and a politically distracted environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing all you can to be state of the art in delivery of gas and elecrtric energy.
    Keep benchmarking with the best energy companies in the nation and the world.
    Show the nation what a california utility can be and should be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great experience, great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ERDP in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - ERDP in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    good culture, great benefit, helpful coworker.

    Cons

    half of the employees are 50 and older

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great place to work in ca

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    • 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

    Great place to work in ca.

    Cons

    Nothing to report no cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to report at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many Chief's not enough Indians

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great laid back atmosphere, Commitment to Community involvement, work life balance, career advancement promoted throughout the company, great people, benefits, and salaries.

    Cons

    Management does not take responsibility to make decisions… Lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an exit interview for employees who are leaving the company to learn why your top talented people are leaving.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    a very good company with lots of benefits to employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrician Switchman in Hayward, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Electrician Switchman in Hayward, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    a lot of work in the field is about safety of the employee and the public

    Cons

    if the employee is not focus on safety then training will prepare them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the employees are the heart and soul of the company, training lots of them should be given to employees everyday on their morning tailboard with a lot of emphasis on their safety and the publics concern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Electric Operations Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, company values, benefits, personal growth

    Cons

    office culture, culture, meetings, slow to implement new technology

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company to work for but expect a bumpy ride

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall a good company, cares about communities where it operates.

    Cons

    Sr. Management churn and lack of promotion from within for Sr. positions

    Bumpy history. Bankrupt during energy crisis, Prop 16, Smart Meter, San Bruno.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to stabilize and develop talent from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Discriminates against Disabled Combat Vets

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre Apprentice Lineman in Stockton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Pre Apprentice Lineman in Stockton, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I interviewed twice (a year apart) and got offered a pre-apprentice lineman job. I am overly qualified for this entry level position. NLC grad, Class A license, NCCCO fix sswing cab. Army combay Vet heavy equipment operator. Grounds an ibew 3 months experience doing cut and kick in the distribution portion for pge on their property.
    Was currently making the equivalent of 120k+ a year as a crane operator.s. Had some speeding tickets, and explained it was a tough adjustment coming back home from my tour over seas, which was gnarly.

    Cons

    They told me "You're just not looking as competitive". I saw 18-20 year old kids lacking all but NLC, barely any experience, and brown skin getting the job. Safety first. How about working with a Disabled combat Veteran first? How about giving me an opportunity that I had been working towards for over 3 years. I was working 60 hours a week and on my one day off I was driving 400+ miles to see my kids on Sunday, every Sunday. I don't enjoy being on the road like that it made me feel paranoid and vulnerable do to how routine it was, I was living in a rough part of Oakland and felt like i was being watched and followed. Got speeding tickets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After Denying a Disabled Combat Veteran an opportunity to work for your company. And work hard! I showed up to work contracting for you with poison oak and sweat hard making all the Lineman look lazy.. Email him back explaining a little better why you cannot hire him? I understand that your company is all about looking good to the public and turning a profit because it is an investor owned Utility. After writing detailed and very humble letters to the head representatives of multiple positions (officers) asking for an opportunity to come and sweep floors for 6 months before taking me into the apprenticeship, please return that persons email.

  10.  

    Beware of poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - H/R Professional in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - H/R Professional in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pros - you can take advantage of training if you can get away from work. They have some tuition reimbursement, but only if the degree benefits PG&E

    Cons

    I worked in H/R. It was the worst working experience of my 30 year career. The management is fear-based and the Director isolates and manages up, so the uppers probably have non idea of what is happening. There is a lot of pressure to be in the top group to get a bonus, even if it involves taking down your co-workers. The managers are not very skilled, as they came up the ranks without any mentorship or leadership training. Last, I saw a lot of people "re-organized" out. This included the entire EEO investigation team. Manager-level electrical employees and others who just did not fit with a difficult Director in Electric Operations. Don't move your family to SF to take a management job. I left after a few years - worst experience - ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need outside management professionals and leadership courses that are proven and not built from within. There need to be some skip-level meetings and when no one will speak, that is a clue. You need to be more involved and less top-down dictatorship. Get rid of the safety discipline and metrics for the entire company. It doesn't work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people who love their Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    PG&E offers the best pay hands down. The ambience at te company is really great and very team oriented. I've never felt more valued as an employee

    Cons

    there are some strange procedures on how one can move throughout the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it should be easier for an employee who is hired as a hiring Hall to move into a full time permanent position. Many times HH employees who are only just there for a little over a year and when they are dismissed the department they were apart of is left with a gap in resources that is sometimes not easily filled.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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