Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
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3.4
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
148 Ratings

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.  

    great pay and benefits culture of fear

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    Former Employee - Cable Splicer  in  Stockton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Cable Splicer in Stockton, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the pay and benefits are excellent.there are several ways to advance your career.large service territory so in time you will be able to work in area you want.

    Cons

    there is no backup from supervisors.will work you in to the ground then when you make mistake they will not stand by you.this is due to the fact that upper managment has them in fear of loosing thier job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you have a lot of good and talented people.talk to them. listen to them.you send out surveys but they never seem to amount to anything at least while i worked there.everytime we got new senior management they put in new mandates without seeing what worked and what didnt.the co preaches saftey but in certian areas such as crew size and staffing levels the dollar always came first.qne of my biggest complaints was that when we had meetings with senior managment [vps and above] when you asked question they could talk for 5 minutes and still not answer the question

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Senior SAP ABAP consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very good Benefits, Perks, Relative stability

    Cons

    Leadership, Outdated Technology, Slow paced environment

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Contractor- 8 Mo's

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    PG&E pays well and has many open temporary contract roles available at any given time. The company is centrally located for commuters using public transportation.

    Cons

    The culture is terribly antiquated and lifeless. Employees wait to be told what to do and are not proactive or enthusiastic. I found most people to be very nice however there is no passion or energy to innovate or improve processes or the status quo.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    so much potential, paralyzed by politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    recession-proof business; interesting changes in the sector (smartgrid etc); industry's aging workforce means many entry level opportunities; unions for all field and skilled labor; good benefits for all full time employees; good perqs and bonus structure for management (non-union)

    Cons

    complicity & passivity pervade management & corp services; field techs & customer service are better as they are on the front lines but the overall culture suffers badly from a regulatory environment that guarantees profit and quasi-monopoly. all competition then, instead of to earn market share, is internal and political, creating a myopic focus on the shareholder and the regulator at the expense of the ratepayer; borderline corrupt in places

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    volunteer to cede all program management back to the state for open bidding and focus on managing and maintaining assets ("back to pipes & wires")

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pay isn't everything..

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    Current Employee - Service Planner
    Current Employee - Service Planner

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, and employee discounts. You also get to work with some really great people who care about the work that they do.

    Cons

    Lack of training, lack of concern to the environmental impact caused by construction (a very weak procedure put in place), management has this "us against them" attitude towards union employees which make communicating concerns a tedious task, and nepotism is often tolerated, and dare I say, practiced among the ranks of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of companies out there that issue psychological testing for managerial employees for a very good reason.. Just a thought.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work & great people, but highly political organization

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people and challenges to tackle are tremendous. You get to work at a scale that's hard to match. There are great groups and organizations. Training, pay and work-life balance are hard to beat.

    Cons

    There's just a tremendous amount of bureaucracy to make things happen. The organization excels at getting in its own way with continual reorgs and shifting priorities coming down from middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really want to deliver a great customer experience, invest in our systems and put the right resources in place to deliver exceptional products and services.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sr Systems Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    pay, benefits, diversity, known utility brand

    Cons

    IS leadership is dictatorship, employees walking on egg-shells and moral is not just down, but totally non-existent

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solutions Marketing Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great colleagues, awesome team to work with daily - including internal clients and external agencies. I was a part of the team when the department was young and growing and it was exciting to be a part of that effort for several years. Have made a lot of lifelong friends and connections. PG&E is also really willing to invest in your professional growth/development with classes/seminars.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth - already top heavy in the management arena for the marketing department specifically
    New management came on board in late 2012 and the atmosphere/culture became a lot less enjoyable
    Too many politics - both internally and with the regulatory entities - it prevents work from getting done and progress from being made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to do better at listening to your employees and ACT upon what they are telling you in how things can be improved. There is a lot of 'acknowledgement' of the problems but no action to truly fix it. Lots of great talent has been lost and without implementing some changes, more will likely go too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, Culture needs big time updates

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Super smart and friendly people, great growth opportunities, great leadership

    Cons

    The SF PG&E offices haven't updated the dress code since the 80’s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update our dress code Its time! Dressy casual (Jeans dressed up) has arrived and works for literally every other successful company that surrounds us in San Francisco. Walking around the SF offices feels entirely old and stuffy! And it impacts the energy. An updated look will not only reenergize people but will attract a younger generation of employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, outstanding benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Could improve on stuffy culture

    Recommends

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