Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
463 Reviews
3.5
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
183 Ratings

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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  1.  

    PG&E - a lot of systemic issues

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Quite a lot of good people there, scattered throughout the organization.
    Good benefits package.
    Well contributes to and supports contributing back to the community.
    No shortage of work to be done and opportunity for improvement (that's both a pro, and con).

    Cons

    IT is pretty messed up and is not run anything like a top-notch IT organization (okay, so it's an energy company, not an IT company, but still ...). Some to much of that may be history of how it got to where it is, and much of that legacy remaining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Live by the Rule" - too much attention to rules, not enough attention to common sense and warranted exceptions.
    Too much attention to watching the nickels ... and missing the dollars in the process (and much spending of dollars to save nickels or less). Stop treating employees/contractors like a nanny state - give them access/power - and responsibility - if they mess it up, get rid of them, in the meantime stop gumming up everyone's productivity.
    PG&E is of sufficient size it ought also be a top-notch IT organization (or nearly so). I've never before seen IT run that poorly on that large a scale. You need to actually very well listen to much of the excellent talent you have, and (mostly) do what they say to well improve things. Too much "top down" management that's relatively oblivious to the degrees of inefficiencies and effectively mandated waste in the (figurative) trenches.
    Many bad historical and current practices still need to be fixed, e.g.:
    "You find a problem, you are responsible for fixing it" - no, not just *reporting* it, but burdened with all the extra hassles of correcting it. Of course that causes lots of folks to want to turn a blind eye to problems - which of course could result in things blowing up in one's face - not what one would want to see (again). There's a lot in the culture that's broken, and needs fixing. Don't know if the problems are "at the top", but they're at least well up the chain from where most of the workers are doing the work - many serious problems that need to be fixed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great friendships with co-workers, poor work-life balance and constantly changing expectations.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Higher than normal salary for the area, good friendships have come out working here, ability to learn a great deal outside of your area of interest.

    Cons

    Very very poor work-life balance efforts on this company's behalf. Mothers and new fathers should steer clear of working here. Employees are expected to manage work loads that should be covered by several people. Inconsistent Management styles. Some are very approachable and some are very brutal. There's a big population of employees eligible for retirement and hardly anyone replacing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the ever-constant changing initiatives. Hire more people! Please stop over working your employees to save a few pennies! And please follow through with work life balance for families. You are loosing quality people by demanding too much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 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
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  5.  

    Stressful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a 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
  6.  

    Stable, but slow moving

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a 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
  7.  

    "Good intentions don't necessarily deliver"

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Compensation OK, parking is expensive but BART is a good option for many. Although there have been numerous promotions during the last 3 years the employees

    Cons

    Training is almost non-existent, tribal knowledge is the norm. Every month or so, the management team is facilitating a re-org and is more focused on where they'll end up at as opposed to working with their direct reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices and interact with your teams and provide the much needed training. Procurement department does not have adequate process documentation in order to ensure the best deals are being realized for California.
    Benefits are comparable to that of other energy companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast interview process.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Very large company with a lot of room for growth. They pay well and offer a lot of benefits to employees and their families. They work with you to help you meet your career goals. They seem to promote from within to make room for outside hires. Because of the size of the company do not give up because getting turned down by one department does not end it for you. Keep applying.

    Cons

    They make payroll on a monthly basis. This will take some adjusting for those of us who are used to getting paid more frequently. Corporate office in San Francisco so traffic will suck badly. Also parking is not an option unless you want to burn a lot of gas, waste most of it in traffic, and pay crazy money for parking.

    Recommends
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but corporate politics can get in the way.

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, very good pay, and great people to work with.

    Cons

    The political aspects of the company can be an issue. I was there for 18 months trying to become perm and things kept changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company, Challenging Work, and Wonderful People

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is something for everyone at PG&E. Regardless of your particular skill set, there is a job that is suited to you. Jobs range from clerical to engineering and communications to line repair. Whether you like routine, repetitive tasks or doing something different every day, there is a job at PG&E for you.

    Cons

    Many community members are often annoyed/disgusted by the company. Whether it's Diablo Canyon relicensing, San Bruno, or just paying their monthly utility bills, people you'll meet every day in the community often have their own opinions about the company and will feel free to share them with you. Internal challenges, such as simply trying to do your job while also trying to comply with the myriad of rules, regulations, and management expectations can make the administrative side of the job very difficult, and will test your patience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is getting too top-heavy. We've got more executives and vice-presidents than we know what to do with. We've got more work than we can possibly get done. All the while we're being told budgets are tight, we're spending too much on overtime, and we're overstaffed. We can't be overstaffed if we're all working too much overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Contracting Experience

    Former Employee - Records Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Records Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Onboarding experience was quick and easy. PG&E has a really great in-house agency that is on top of it- quick process + great communication. No micromanagement as long as your numbers were up.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of interaction with other teams, very quiet work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact more with teams, provide a little more diversity in roles, have more of an open door policy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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