Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
443 Reviews
3.5
443 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
172 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 48 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 24 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 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company to work for but expect a bumpy ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    Great people who love their Job

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

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

    Pros

    PG&E offers the best pay hands down. The ambience at te company is really great and very team oriented. I've never felt more valued as an employee

    Cons

    there are some strange procedures on how one can move throughout the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it should be easier for an employee who is hired as a hiring Hall to move into a full time permanent position. Many times HH employees who are only just there for a little over a year and when they are dismissed the department they were apart of is left with a gap in resources that is sometimes not easily filled.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall best company to work for!

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

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

    Pros

    Love the people! Feels like one big family! Very flexible with family needs. Great Benefits!

    Cons

    Salaries are restrictive, if you are hired at a lower pay then a coworker and end up preforming better there is the potential for years of raises before you make a comparable salary. They do not do a good job of giving raises to equalize coworkers based on skillset and actual performance. Favortism occurs like in any workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As mentioned salaries should better reflect actual performance and not be hung up on starting salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits

    Current Employee - Senior Applications Processor in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Processor in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, time off policies, work life balance, lots of employee discounts

    Cons

    personal growth, career advancement, leadership

  6.  

    Changing company for the better

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most people really like working here and are excited to come to work and take a lot of pride in the company. I have never felt more supported and included as an intern and everyone really wanted me to succeed and meet new people within the company. They are looking to hire and bring in new people, lots of job and promotion prospects.

    Cons

    Still somewhat of an "old man" company but that is changing. It is more formal than many other companies in the bay area but it is also in a very different industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to attract the best and brightest small steps like continuing to improve the coffee shop (HUGE improvement this summer but needs more tables and feel less cold), maybe adding an outdoor areas and some updates. The building and office spaces still feel very 1970's and for new employees entering the workforce atmosphere and enjoying the space you work in is important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    P&E

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fleet Manager in Davis, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Fleet Manager in Davis, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, although they no longer have a traditional pension

    Cons

    Management. Too many chiefs not enough indians to really do the job. They rather have a great powerpoint on how to do something rather than doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more workers and less directors and VP's

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for. Was a contractor for three months.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Oracle Business Intelligence Developer in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Oracle Business Intelligence Developer in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was a contract for three months. Nice and friendly place to work

    Cons

    Company still structuring the OBIEE implementation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company offers great training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 5 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

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