Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
444 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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    H/R

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Short Commute is the best I can come up with for the required 5 words....

    Cons

    Just about everything else - terrible mid-management with no leadership skills. Feels like a group of "Stepford" robots who work out of fear. Everyone is graded on a curve, which makes your co-workers do everything they can to look good, including taking each other down. A real negative experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to take advice from others who have come from successful companies before they leave. The Directors of the groups generally shut this down, so it is a challenge to reach down to some fresh ideas, Leadership skills are lacking in H/R. People manage up well, but hide the dysfunction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Large company, unionized mediocrity

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    The pay is good, and hours are flexible. If you want to have a stable place to work PG&E is the place for you.

    Cons

    If you want to grow your career and continue your working knowledge technically, PG&E will stifle growth and promote mediocrity. The management on the IT side of the house have zero idea how to lead. They tend to micro manage most of the time and show very little interest in streamlining any of their long drawn out procedures. Hint, creating a runbook for GPO work is not realistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the layers upon layers of leadership and talk with your technical staff. Those middle management supervisors do nothing for your forward movement and end up justifying their own existence by micro-managing everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Discriminates against Disabled Combat Vets

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre Apprentice Lineman in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Pre Apprentice Lineman in Stockton, CA

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

    Pros

    I interviewed twice (a year apart) and got offered a pre-apprentice lineman job. I am overly qualified for this entry level position. NLC grad, Class A license, NCCCO fix sswing cab. Army combay Vet heavy equipment operator. Grounds an ibew 3 months experience doing cut and kick in the distribution portion for pge on their property.
    Was currently making the equivalent of 120k+ a year as a crane operator.s. Had some speeding tickets, and explained it was a tough adjustment coming back home from my tour over seas, which was gnarly.

    Cons

    They told me "You're just not looking as competitive". I saw 18-20 year old kids lacking all but NLC, barely any experience, and brown skin getting the job. Safety first. How about working with a Disabled combat Veteran first? How about giving me an opportunity that I had been working towards for over 3 years. I was working 60 hours a week and on my one day off I was driving 400+ miles to see my kids on Sunday, every Sunday. I don't enjoy being on the road like that it made me feel paranoid and vulnerable do to how routine it was, I was living in a rough part of Oakland and felt like i was being watched and followed. Got speeding tickets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After Denying a Disabled Combat Veteran an opportunity to work for your company. And work hard! I showed up to work contracting for you with poison oak and sweat hard making all the Lineman look lazy.. Email him back explaining a little better why you cannot hire him? I understand that your company is all about looking good to the public and turning a profit because it is an investor owned Utility. After writing detailed and very humble letters to the head representatives of multiple positions (officers) asking for an opportunity to come and sweep floors for 6 months before taking me into the apprenticeship, please return that persons email.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    P&E

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

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you are motivated and want to be apart of positive change this is not the place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Portfolio Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Portfolio Operations in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Values are great, the concept is a great idea.

    Cons

    Their directors don't support the values and if you speak up you will be written up. If you ask for support you are threatened with loosing your job. I think they placed some of their directors in a role they are not ready for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training to your directors if you really mean the values you talk about. You still have many employees that are very unhappy and being treated really bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on your manager as to how good your experience can be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Individual Contributor in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - IT Individual Contributor in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Last year I loved working for an intelligent engaged manager. I was re-orged into a group that has the worst manger I have ever worked for in my 30 years of employment.

    Cons

    Continuing on with this horrible year, my current manager does not know what he is doing. He will give me an assignment and then change it in the next few days. He is ineffective, could care less about his employees and has not sense of what his group is about. The employees are very overworked and HR knows about the lack of sufficient resources for projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My group includes highly educated individuals. Senior management should listen to the employees and give them credit for exposing a manager that is one of the worst I have encountered. Ensure there are sufficient resources for projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of integrity

    • 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

    Good Pay.
    Better than average benefits.

    Cons

    The company is eager to back management even when faced with concrete evidence.
    Workplace violence is not taken seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers, they may save you from safety issues and prevent violations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great to work for if you don't mind placing your mental, physical health and family in the back burner

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits and "Job Security (which is really not secure)"

    Cons

    Work environment lacks cohesiveness/Opportunities not based on performance but Favoritism (Inc. Nepotism)/Supervisors are generally apathetic towards subordinates/Opportunities are intentionally stifled/High pay is often used as an excuse to demoralize & control/Reactive Work environment/The company views administrative employees as disposable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company focus on style over substance

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent; definite decline in options over last 3 years; salary is average to below average. Company is large enough to where employees feel like they have job security but in reality job security doesn't exist

    Cons

    Beauracratic, slow moving and very siloed. If you are a caucasian male with white hair (or balding) performing isn't necesary for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people that tell you what you want to hear so much; the same white haired, male caucasian employees gets promoted over qualified others to frequently. The scary thing is with all of the accolades and awards on diversity there is one black VP and one latino EVP out of 50+ executives within the utility?? How embarrassing is that??

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very political, not so rewarding career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    You get to know how to play politics! Few positives otherwise.

    Cons

    Politics and seniority are everything. Your career will be dead in 3 years. No new technology tried out. Still working with Windows 7. And the pay is very average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure where to start. Top talent will never look at PGE unless there are dramatic changes. Outsourcing is the right way to go for now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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