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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 25 May 2017
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  • work life balance can be questionable (in 36 reviews)

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

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  1. "PGE is not for everyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Safety Engineer in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Process Safety Engineer in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work location is ok. staffs are friendly

    Cons

    On the gas side of the business, PGE is not a likeable company due to its management. if you are considering a job there, you need to assess how it fits your values. PGE only makes revenue by the rate of return on project. PGE is corned by the loss of customers due to renewable energy and the lack of organic growth forcing PGE to increase project to maintain profit. They are one of most expensive utilities in america already, with aged system.

    Advice to Management

    Re-think your management strategy.


  2. "PG&E"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Challenging work.

    Cons

    It can be rigid at times.


  3. "Need courage at the top"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, excellent company to work at. Solid work/life balance. Plenty of unique challenges. Tons of great people.

    Cons

    Slow, bureaucratic. Less innovative than it sees itself.

    Advice to Management

    Step up. Take some risks. Be bold. Saying as much doesn't make it so.


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  5. "Good long term employment"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Average IT salaries if working in Bay Area, career paths are clear, relatively stable employment, decent benefits, exposure to a very large technology portfolio.

    Cons

    Being a large regulated gas & electric utility, the work processes even within IT are extremely arduous. Utilities are fundamentally changing regarding business model with renewable energy and many changes are to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Much work remains to be done regarding slimming down the many, many, processes which are very inefficient and cause schedule and cost impacts for practically all projects.


  6. "Out of touch executives"

    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
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, 401k, Pension, work life balance, community involvement

    Cons

    Company gets in its own way of getting things done. Unrealistic expectations. Way too many fire drills that are unnecessary and yield any results.
    Company outlook doesn't look very bright.

    Advice to Management

    If you really want your speak up culture to work, maybe you should actually listen and do something about it.


  7. "Beware of employee surveys"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Three stars for the pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Employee surveys are used to weed out unhappy workers. You can be identified. The unhappy workers (not the low performers) were weeded out in the last employee survey done in Fall of 2016. These employees were the ones told their position is no longer needed and were let go in January. This company would rather keep mediocre or low performing employees in place and let the unhappy ones who understand what needs to be changed go. The intellectual is muted in favor of complacency Many, many people on my own team just get by with the minimum effort.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership desperately needs a turnover, starting at the middle manager level, but that won't happen as many have been in their "manager" jobs for 20, 30, 40 years. Not innovative, business lets IT push them around and consequently business doesn't get what they need. The business should be managing their own project portfolio, with IT as a service provider along with vendors. There are 3 reasons I stay: pay, benefits, able to work from home as often as I like.


  8. "Lineman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lineman
    Former Employee - Lineman
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wage scale at the top of almost any utility. Good benefits package. Okay pension and 401k match. Good training for apprentices.

    Cons

    Company is getting stronger while union is getting weaker. Management is a joke. They have made it so unattractive for seasoned lineman/foreman to make the jump into management at the end of their career that they have resorted mechanics and janitors as front line supervisors for electrical distribution. There are supervisors that hook up with office personnel (married or not), take them on "business trips", get them pregnant, and nothing happens. Their answer is to relocate lady's husband into the same office to ensure no more hanky-panky. In the meantime, supervisor (married) moves to his next conquest. It's not a secret either. Company is mismanaged from the top down. Micromanaged all the way down by spineless "yes" men. I saw good employees ran off while the worst get promoted. There is a saying among the working class there....."screw up, move up!" They preach safety yet safety goes out the window when management may look bad. Management are graded on outage minutes and frequency of outages. These two items drive work. You can see how these two metrics leads them to push unsafe acts. I have personally been on a crew that requested an outage for a safety issue and was told to go back to the yard. The next day a less seasoned crew was sent out to make repairs hot and had an incident. They "shop for crews" until some young foreman agrees to do the work putting lineman at risk. When ENRON failed, guess where PG&E got its next crop of officers. Frontline supervisors are so inundated with committees, reports, and tasks that they are unable to do their job both properly and effectively. Lineman in the different yards can be very "clique" and unpleasant to be around. Best thing to happen to me was leaving company and getting my family out of Commiefornia. Period.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all management starting with that liberal ice queen Geisha Williams and start over from the top down. Promote from within. Too many bean counters. Too many "chiefs", not enough "indians". Half of supervision could easily be removed.


  9. "PG&E"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, good training.

    Cons

    Very big company, bureaucracy, poor middle management

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the employee review process


  10. "Good Company to work for"

    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
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, benefits and employment opportunities. A lot of different jobs to do at PG&E. Not great for management employees, union employees have the best jobs in the company

    Cons

    Very political, its all about who you know. Easy to stuck in a job that is going nowhere. Have to get a good network to move up. Easy to get pigeon holed into doing the same job for a long time. Benefits are getting worse and company is cutting cost like crazy right now.

    Advice to Management

    Train your workforce, a lot of workforce is untrained and going to other companies who train employees well


  11. "Business Analyst, Expert"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Non-Employee Workforce Specialist in Walnut Creek, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Non-Employee Workforce Specialist in Walnut Creek, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and nice people,

    Cons

    Culture can be consensus oriented


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