Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
399 Reviews

3.5
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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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Giving Up

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    Former Employee - Temporary Additional  in  Avila Beach, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Temporary Additional in Avila Beach, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best pay in the area, many great and talented co-workers

    Cons

    Cannot get on permanent to save my life even though I have been working outages for several years and a few years as a year-round contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your TAs. They have experience to keep Diablo safe. You shouldn't trust too many newbies just to save some pennies or an even more expensive problem could occur.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    fragmented, slow, poor planning

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ability to move to different jobs or groups, good benefits, they care about the health of their employees (although it varies group to group), some interesting work, good pay

    Cons

    slow moving company, hard to get anything done, some people are really unmotivated, old culture, outdated technology, super fragmented, poor planning, people generally hate PG&E

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep working on the culture, there is a long way to go. major overhaul of technology needed. get rid of the people who have been there forever and often say "that's not my job"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to spend a career!

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    Current Employee - Electrical Operations  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical Operations in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, many opportunities, good retirement, always improving safety practices and training.

    Cons

    Some conflicts between expected output/volume of work vs. following proper procedures. Frequent movement of management players makes it hard to get used to a routine or having someone in a leadership position who knows what they are supposed to be doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require a more field experience from Supervisors/Managers. Hold them in a position long enough so they can actually get past the learning curve then rate them based on their performance at that time to determine if they are a value to the company instead of the constant movement that allows less than capable managers to slip through the cracks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work as an engineer or field service technician.

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    Current Employee - IT Professional  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Professional in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The operational groups (Electric, Gas, Energy supply) are exceptional areas of the company with dedicated employees capable of world class achievements.

    Cons

    The General Office support groups (Human Resources, Information Technology, etc.) face challenges in their current structures and capability to effectively support the operational lines of business. IT in particular is experiencing high management and employee turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture of GO does not align to the stated core values of the company. This is in distinct contrast to the operational units that make up the utility.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company does care about their employees.

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Security Officer  in  Eureka, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Eureka, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, holiday time, all are well above par. Also, they love lateral movement and promoting from within.

    Cons

    If there is an issue in a department of one of their locations, their response time leaves much to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just talk about gender equality, really shatter that glass ceiling at every level and in every department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved working here

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer  in  San Ramon, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in San Ramon, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    In my role, there was lots of flexibility, autonomy, as well as challenging projects. I was able to be completely a self-starter and had a great manager with a forward-thinking management style.

    Cons

    The offices and business are very spread out and therefore there is some travel involved, which I did not consider too much of a 'con,' but it is worth mentioning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Procurement Dept. review

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    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    If you play the politics right it's a good secure job.

    Cons

    Dept. was not really open to change from a contractor. They had a couple of low level people calling the shots of how things were to be done and their thought process was wrong. Dept. mgmt did not really want to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great benefits

    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, opportunities, culture, management

    Cons

    None .. .. .. ..

  10.  

    Working as a senior business analyst provides multiple opportunities for challenging work

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Sacramento, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, People, atmosphere, location, quality

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities and no training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many people making too much money and are not doing enough work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    materials handlers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work and life is awesome
    great coworkers
    stable
    good pays and benefit

    Cons

    job bidding
    old equipment
    union dues suck

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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