Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
435 Reviews
3.4
435 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
170 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Large company, unionized mediocrity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    The pay is good, and hours are flexible. If you want to have a stable place to work PG&E is the place for you.

    Cons

    If you want to grow your career and continue your working knowledge technically, PG&E will stifle growth and promote mediocrity. The management on the IT side of the house have zero idea how to lead. They tend to micro manage most of the time and show very little interest in streamlining any of their long drawn out procedures. Hint, creating a runbook for GPO work is not realistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the layers upon layers of leadership and talk with your technical staff. Those middle management supervisors do nothing for your forward movement and end up justifying their own existence by micro-managing everyone.

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

    HR

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

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

    Pros

    Only thing I could come up with is employee discount!

    Cons

    Worst company ever. Terrible mgmt! Energy company that drains you! Ironic!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue your employee engagement lacks. Terrible leadership!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    great experience, great company

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short stay, disappointed to be leaving

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

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

    Pros

    - good pay+bonus
    - good benefits
    - interesting work
    - flexible work schedule
    - systems/application has direct impact on fellow employee safety and customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    - like any big organization
    - challenging time for the utility
    - some employees are not engaged (in plant retired) and working with them is difficult
    - still hanging on to "this is the way we have always done it"
    - not a lot of new development, buy mostly package solutions.
    - too much focus on "capital" projects and not enough investment in exploring alternatives to old problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to the new employees with experience in other organizations, its not enough to bring in a "new leader" and expect change throughout the organization
    - Make an effort to encourage and hang onto new employees, make sure they do not get discouraged too early and leave before they make a contribution.
    - Do an honest self assessment of the quality of your middle management, and clean the obvious dead wood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too many Chief's not enough Indians

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  7.  

    Great place to work in ca

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    a very good company with lots of benefits to employees.

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    • 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
  9.  

    Electric Operations Intern

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    • 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

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company to work for but expect a bumpy ride

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    • 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Discriminates against Disabled Combat Vets

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

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