Pacific Gas and Electric

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  1.  

    Company that Continues to Improve

    • 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

    Pros

    People who work there seem to be happy and loyal, many of the them being there for 25, 40 years. Company does try to improve with continuous improvement, process improvement, questioning current process to find ways to be better. Benefits are great, comparable to most large companies. There is always training available (computer, soft skills, etc.).

    Cons

    Depending on the department you work it, there can be work/life balance issues, but this is also an area that is being improved on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to do your employees' jobs and sit in their open space some of the time. The productive employees will welcome it, and the not-so-productive ones won't, so you might learn who's who.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, better pay than most places on the central coast

    Cons

    Tough to get in, might have to work outages (Nuclear) for a while off and on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A company going through rapid change

    • 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

    * great compensation, rewards and benefits; also promotes from within
    * talented and committed employees who care about public and employee safety

    Cons

    * workload can be overwhelming
    * pace of change is so rapid that it can be insane
    * lots of bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities to make quicker decisions and transition old timers to different roles if they are not willing to adapt to the rapid changes and shift in culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    qa test analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Test Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - QA Test Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    It is good company in sfo

    Cons

    nothing to say about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great People

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

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

    Pros

    I worked with very intelligent, hard working people. My boss is very professional. Great company culture.

    Cons

    As any large company, everything moves very slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees more freedom to make decisions.

  7.  

    IT Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer IT in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Summer IT in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    I really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet college students from not just around the Bay Area, but from all over the country. The activities and bonding events really gave me a great experience.

    Cons

    I was placed at a location without any other interns, and initially, it felt quite isolating. However, the other employees there really made an effort to make me feel at home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Get in, get your experience, and then move on

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good place to build experience in energy industry, at the bottom level, before moving onward and upward.

    Cons

    Nobody is held accountable for doing their job, and the premium is placed on who likes whom, or whether or not they want to work with someone. Guess what folks? I don't care who you want to work with. Go do the job I pay you to do. Management doesn't hold anyone accountable for anything.

    Also, because the pension benefits are so good, no one leaves, so don't plan on getting promoted beyond senior individual contributor for AT LEAST 10 years. That is not exaggerating either.

    Also, if you are not an electrical engineer, you are not paid to market. They pay the EE's what they are worth, but for example I did the same job as another set of employees in a different area of the company where they were required to be EE's and our salary band was 20-30K lower. HR mis-categorizes job classifications, and doesn't recognize that while a position may look like a glorified accountant, it is actually closer to engineering. They don't review it that way, and as such there are many people across the company, who are underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, PG&E will have to take a $4.5B hit to the balance sheet as a result of the event on its San Bruno transmission asset, which PG&E has acknowledged was not maintained sufficiently to prevent the catastrophe. There are several reasons for that, but one I would like to highlight has been that PG&E has allowed a culture where not rocking the boat has been favored, over holding people accountable. That is, likability and politics has trumped actually holding people accountable for doing their job. The premium is placed on pleasing the right people, instead of delivering results, regardless of who likes whom. This nonsense is pervasive throughout PG&E, as a company. Now, it is time to pay the piper, for the lack of foresight in the approach PG&E has taken to its culture (i.e. letting personality trump results).

    While sustaining this $4.5B balance sheet impact, it will be harder to access capital for PG&E, in 2015. Given the expected interest rate hikes to be issued by the FED, PG&E will find it harder to gain access to capital, as investors allocated their funds out of PG&E equities, and into assets paying a higher return, with less risk than a utility – certain bond instruments fit this profile quite well. Since PG&E will finance the $4.5B through equity, the shareholder will be diluted to a larger extent than if the hit were to take place in a low interest rate environment, which is what we have enjoyed since 2008. However, investors expect the FED to raise rates significantly, this year. The scenario for PG&E that is about to materialize could very well push it into bankruptcy. That is a real threat, for PG&E, right now. As such, now sounds like a good time to short PG&E.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strange department needs sr. mgnt looks into

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great in PGE; work life balance is tremendous.

    Cons

    Lower mgnt gangs up ... don't listen to staff's inputs, instead, they cover each other's lackings. The dept manager did collect feed back from most staff about the incompentent supervisor, and the feedbacks are mostly negative....but he covers up and plans not reporting the negative feedback because he doesn't want to "rock the boat".

    The supervisor continues to be incompetent, harassing employees, taking employees credits, not defending employees for their work...not taking accountability, relying her buddy contractor to do the work for her, and constantly allowing losses of responsibilities to other dept, allowing middle mgnt to critique how less value added our org has been without aggressively proving that we are not and defending it.

    These lower mgnt are weak; they do not realize by not rocking the boat, they can loss staff, loss reputations, eventually they will loss their functions and their job. They care their yearly bonuses and raises at the sensitive performance review timing of the year. They grade pp intentionally based on their preferences and prefers pp who won't complain.

    This is the culture of pge and every dysfunctional company. That is why the company has to be fined. They'll keep doing it until someday the company exploded or bankrupted again. And these pp have no shame, as by then, all they do is blame the company and claim no responsibility to the failure.

    Pge is ridiculous to allow these pp to exist. These lower mgnt are greedy, manipulative, dysfunctional, and do not contribute much values to the culture that is needed by pge. Their salary combined are more than 300k and they are lower middle mgnt only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO level needs to have a special taskforce to look into these personnel issues - so that they can evaluate, trimming company's costs and increasing effectiveness to do some real clean up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company but depends on which dept. you work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, motivated co-workers who are truly committed to the customer.

    Cons

    Because it's a big company, things can be difficult to get done. Also, work life balance in certain departments can be very tough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 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

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