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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 23 February 2017
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  • Great company to work for with good work life balance (in 107 reviews)

  • First line supervisor in power generation Hydro - this job has Good pay and benefits especially for the areas that we get to work in (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance - this sometimes can be an issue (in 33 reviews)

  • A lot of pressure from upper management regarding project deadlines (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "OK Overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    1) financially solid company; 2) great for engineers; 3) pension; many employees stay for 20+ years

    Cons

    1) slow moving; 2) many jobs are very "niche"; 3) some departments are resistant to telecommuting


  2. "Relationship-based company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People care and it's a very collaborative culture. Good leadership and diversity is promoted. People are respectful, kind, and helpful.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and bureaucratic. No tolerance for risk. Way too many meetings and it can be hard to get stuff done and feel productive with all of the red tape.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to shift the culture- get the leaders off the 32nd floor. It reinforces the hierarchy and power dynamic. Also, don't be afraid the get rid of low performers- they disengage everyone else.


  3. "Internal audit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Auditing in Pleasant Hill, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Internal Auditing in Pleasant Hill, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Provides opportunity to see other departments

    Cons

    Corrupt management
    Backstabbing is encouraged
    Tremendous turnover

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair


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  5. "Senior Estimator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Estimator
    Current Employee - Senior Estimator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay for the lack of education you need to get this gig. Retirement is very competitive, medical, dental, opt.. Union is strong for the most part, could be improved but could be a lot worse.

    Cons

    They just hire one inexperienced supervisor after another. You get a strong sense that most people are just here for the pay, and there is very low job satisfaction. I definitely wouldn't tell someone to not take the job if they needed the money, but if you can do something else, DO IT! Go somewhere where you can take some pride in the work you do. You are just a number here.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to coaching little league you college football rejects! Ha! Hire competent people who know the job inside and out, and let them lead.


  6. "Good Pay Good Benefits Short Handed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    There is plenty of work to be done and not enough head count to do it, deadlines are often missed with huge back log. Hard to find satisfaction in getting work done.


  7. "Good pay... bad supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Systems Analyst Programmer in Davis, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Systems Analyst Programmer in Davis, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work at home opportunity,
    Tuition Reimbursement Program.
    Good bonus.
    Great place to work until one day a peer becomes a supervisor who acts like very hungry for power and recognition.

    Cons

    My supervisor, my manager, director, senior directors... to the CEO are all women.

    Advice to Management

    Please review how HR handled Discrimination and Harassment complaints filed against EALJ.


  8. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is a very good company to work for

    Cons

    There are no major cons to work for this company


  9. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Scientist in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Scientist in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, great people and awesome benefits. Can't ask for much more.

    Cons

    Meeting and team building heavy. Layers upon layers of management.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to identify specific individuals for their accomplishments.


  10. "Corporate churn"

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, caring co-workers, interesting time for the energy space

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs (management seems to spend half the time planning the next re-org, on top of reviewing the last re-org), bureaucratic, lifer mentality for many long time employees


  11. "Be cautious. Highs are high but lows..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Very intelligent. Supportive management. Positive environment. Used to have a great career potential and I believe it could again if management gets on the ball.

    Cons

    One of the things you'll note is that everyone else lists benefits as the main pro. The benefits have been cut drastically in recent years. If you sign on now, you won't get what others are talking about so be sure to weigh that in to any decision.

    The company values budget over safety even after the incident. I've seen people let go after complaining about safety issues that implicated their management team. Safety issues are hidden and not dealt with, especially when it involves the old guard. The company protects their middle management to the detriment of overall safety.

    Diversity here also has a long way to go. Minority and female applicants and contractors are turned away to promote traditional employees. If they do hire one, they basically hire the minority, add them to their number and brag about it, then either don't promote them, or in the case of contrators, never hire them full time. It's still an old boys club despite the CEO. In fact, upper management is pretty diverse - the side facing the public. But the lower ranks have a long way to go. My personal thought is that middle management is still very very old fashioned and upper management has their hands full with the post-incident press so they aren't handling these issues well.

    Very top heavy organization. They could thing management by about half or more and still have plenty.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what is going on below decks. Is diversity really a priority? Is safety more important than budget (it should be). Are you middle managers destroying the company from the inside?



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