Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014
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3.2 382 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.

Anthony F. Earley Jr.

(141 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Reactive, political org with too many chiefs and too few indians

    Program Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Prosok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people

    Consdecisions come slowly. they don't know what to do with the talent they hire, internally focused mostly on themselves with supervisors and managers fighting to move one step up, a lonely environment to work in as there is really no reason for teams other than to have people under supervisors, you will walk away having learned little while watching your skills degrade, lack of tools and processes to do your job so it takes a long time to get easy things done, spreadsheet and numbers focused as if customers and employees are an afterthought, you will get blamed for any error even if you found something systemic and are trying to fix the issue, silo mentality, reliant on too many contractors who are treated as second class citizens

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten and support your people, get out of your offices, and talk informally to those doing the work to learn what is going on in the organization, enable your talent, find the funding for better tools, stop the blame game

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior SAP ABAP consultant

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery good Benefits, Perks, Relative stability

    ConsLeadership, Outdated Technology, Slow paced environment

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    Pay isn't everything..

    Service Planner (Current Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company needs a new strategy for middle management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are pretty good, and the pay for management is average. If you didn't go to college, this is a great place to make good money, since unionized field workers often make much more than their non-union supervisors. People are generally nice and want to get along. Lots of training opportunities, volunteer opportunities and education reimbursement. Upper management is competent.

    ConsDon't expect to innovate here. Not much promotion from within. Highly political and bureaucratic management environment. Very hierarchical, and management expects automatic respect and deference just because of their titles, rather than earning respect through actions and leadership qualities. Mid-level management is especially poor and typically not qualified or trained for leadership. The rare, natural leaders are quickly promoted into upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend significant time identifying talent within your lower "management" ranks and promoting them into middle management positions. Look for well educated, intelligent individuals with a good mixture of technical expertise and leadership experience and/or potential, and give them challenging leadership roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Transmission Planning

    Transmission Planning (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsDepending on your group, it could be a very easy learning curb.
    Very knowledgable employees, most with decades of experience

    ConsThey don't really put any emphasis on your educational background, just the years you've been with the company. Horrendous upper management, who won't fight for you when the time comes for a promotion. Also no direction on the future of the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Regional Energy Monopoly

    Analyst (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsLarge number of employees, Large company

    ConsNot a small town, small company

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's management

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    Lots of disfunction in Middle Manangement... many poor managers with no people experience.

    Human Resources (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsA pension if you already work there - the new work force has to go to a 401k.

    ConsVery poor middle management and virtually no response to the problem. PG&E has hired and promoted too many people with no supervision experience. They do not train them well - leave them to fend for themselves and the result is very poor morale among the rank and file. If you have a high-end position or technical job, there are better opportunities outside of PG&E without the headaches. If you need to learn a trade or a clerical skill, this is a better place to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstitue a skip-level review. Don't turn a blind eye to employee complaints about first level supervisors and managers. These are the people who are running the Company. You need to train them and provide support. I am a support person, so I have a bird's eye view to the disfunction. There is no process to remove a Manager who has no business managing people and there are too many of them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bureaucratic Paradise

    Associate Engineer (Current Employee) Walnut Creek, CA

    ProsPlenty of opportunity to move around if you don't like your current position. Pretty tough to get fired. Good job security and benefits.

    ConsExtremely slow-moving and frustrating company to work for. A nightmarish level of red-tape and bureaucracy. A glut of incompetent managers and executives. Lots of office politics and ladder-climbers. Lack of good standards and procedures, but they have only been around for 100+ years, so maybe I should give them a break. Lots of hypocrisy, management says one thing, but does another. Land of the status quo.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome competent in the area that you manage. Manage the business as if you were a part-owner. Think about your customers and employees before yourselves. Resist the entitlement mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unstable, run by consultants, no growth. Needs to adapt or will fail.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people, good pay. Good location.

    ConsNeed new leadership. Relies on consultants and does not promote growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Political and Demanding

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe people on my team are great to work with
    Great benefits--you pay only 7 percent of benefit costs and they have a pension

    ConsNot much recognition
    My department is not staffed to up with the work
    You make one mistake and you can never overcome it

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen and honest communication is not valued
    Leaders need to do a better job of setting expectations and giving feedback

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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