Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
418 Reviews
3.5
418 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Stable, supportive, good company

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

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

    Pros

    There is a great sense of community here. You are able to move around to different departments fairly freely and gain access to management easily. I feel like management really cares about the success of the company and its employees. Great work life balance too!

    Cons

    Parental leave policy needs some work. Just added the Wellness Center but could offer more employee benefits. Frustrating to see jobs posted that are already earmarked for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    stable

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

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

    Pros

    stable and ok pay, work life balance is good

    Cons

    no technology and slow paced

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Slow moving and old school culture but work/life balance is good

    • 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

    Work/Life Balance
    Exposure to utility business
    Good pension benefits - its the only place i know that offers a 401k match and a pension plan

    Cons

    Many people are not motivated to work. The only reason many seem to come to work is to pick up a pension eventually.
    Highly regulated by CPUC and other agencies
    Due to people being in their positions for years and years, it is not easy to get promoted. Though there are a lot of people retiring now.
    Lack of innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    experience from San Ramon office to General Office - Electric Ops, incl. Energy Supply, Shared Svcs

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

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

    Pros

    First, context: I feel I have a unique perspective to share because I worked in Electric Ops, including Power Generation and Energy Procurement as well as Transmission & Distribution, and Shared Services. I also have had the opportunity to work at multiple locations, San Ramon office and the General Office (GO) in San Francisco. In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to attend meetings with EVP and C-level leadership on the 32nd floor. My opinion is that the feel of the company is very different based on location and organization. The atmosphere at satellite locations is less political and generally friendlier than the GO. Also, at a company of over 20,000 employees, each EVP/SVP org. is like its own company or fiefdom, so the experience in Gas is different from say, Customer Care.

    Pro's:
    + the company jet - open to employees traveling to company locations, going to the private hanger and bypassing the regular commercial airport stuff is heaven
    + you can get paid very well to do not much (to me, this is a con but I guess it depends on your point of view).
    + advancement opportunities. Let's say there are 30 VP's and they have 2 to 6 Senior Director reports who have multiple Director reports and so forth with Senior Managers, Managers, and possibly Supervisors. If you do the multiplication, there are quite a few middle management slots that pay pretty well. Maybe the odds aren't great based on total employee pool but a lot of moving up is tenure, which basically means being alive and sticking it out.
    + good benefits
    + don't have to worry about the company going under
    + work/life balance can greatly differ from group to group. for example, business finance is infamous for poor work/life balance. for the company overall, it's probably not that bad.

    Cons

    - Sense of hierarchy pervades everything: which meetings you can attend, being able to speak at a meeting, who you can email or call, it may factor into whether people will respond to your emails or calls, whether you need to ask permission to say something, and how people treat you. This probably stems from the old school culture and organizational fragmentation which leads to the fiefdoms. You could also label this bureaucracy.
    - You have to watch our for and mange your own personal development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor Management - Little Work Life Balance

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

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

    Pros

    Hey, it's a job. Benefits are great. Excellent training opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor management. Managers either lack the skills, or do not regularly communicate with their employees - without which they cannot support them in their goals. Work life balance is poor because either they have hired the wrong people in the wrong positions, or because of lack of hiring. It's a shame because there are smart people in some areas - and management gets in the way with their strategy of the month. The cost of living in many areas is counter productive. Regular homes are in the million dollar range, and housing availability is slim. So you either commute hours in traffic and face safety issues from accidents, or you live in a tiny apartment for nearly 3k per month. Not worth your life and health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet with your staff. Identify people who are motivated and support them or get out of their way. Be flexible - it's a large service territory and technologies can make work more efficient rather than wasting time or creating risky situations from everyone driving to and fro. If safety is an issue, walk the walk - the largest risk occurs when people are on the road longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, strong sense of public purpose

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong, accountable organization, clear lines of sight to goals, common alignment among teams -- everyone is rowing in the same direction. Solid development programs, pay and benefits are very competitive.

    Cons

    Nobody loves their utility company, so you need to check your ego at the door, and remember this is a regulated public utility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire your communications leaders and get a fresh start.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable Company

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

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

    Pros

    A relaxed environment even when there is a lot of work to be done. Great benefits. Every other Friday off, unless your project demands otherwise of course.

    Cons

    Pretty big divide between the different departments. PGE has a lot of offices, so every time there is a change in management, project scope, or there is a reorganization in the company it is time to move around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Pacific Gas and Electric has many career advancement opportunities and believes in promoting from within. They also offer great pay, good benefits, and pensions. The employees culture is one of great pride and a love for what they do. The pros far out weigh the cons.

    Cons

    Mid level management is often very short sighted and more focused on their own personal gains rather than the company's overall success. Often mid level management is woefully under qualified for the positions which they hold but because of their tenure they are allowed to remain until expiring into retirement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to spend a career!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and great benefits. Lots of opportunity depending on where you work.

    Cons

    A company that makes a profit sometimes has trouble seeing the value in investing in infrastructure NOW to save MORE money LATER.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in Electric Transmission system! You can't bookmark us against other utilties when you don't invest in your system the way those other utilities do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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