Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
399 Reviews

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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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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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  1.  

    PG&E

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, flexible scheduling with a healthy appreciation for work/life balance, and challenging work across the enterprise. Definitely many challenges to contend with on a daily basis if that's your thing.

    Cons

    Size of company can be hard to fully navigate, a great deal of bureaucracy which can be discouraging. Often spend more time fighting internal roadblocks than actual work, however many seem to be trying to push through that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    The standard office politics exist

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    There was good and bad but I really struggled with not being paid as much as everyone else

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance. Granted I worked in Operations and as a Contractor for this company and the flexibility of my schedule was great. And when I moved to Program Management, my work life balance got even better. As long as you get your work done, that is the main focus. If you need to leave early or work from home, you just need to let your manager know. Granted this is dependent on your manager but I was lucky enough to work for people who allowed for this flexibility. As a program manager, I was really able to own my program and make the decisions on how to make it run effectively. Raises and bonuses come every year for the time that I worked here.

    Cons

    Although, most people say the pay is great, I did not experience this. I came in severely underpaid and never got to where I should have been even with several raises. Management did not work to ensure I was paid fairly and I knew everyone else was being paid more than me.

    Technology is so behind. It hinders getting things accomplished on a daily basis.

    Career Paths aren't clear and it is hard to move up here unless you are friends with the right people. It is not how much work you do or how smart you are, it's all about who you know. Granted it is probably like that in corporate america period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people more and make sure you have the right people doing the right jobs. Please please invest in technology to make the business run better and more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience has been okay- company does well and their is longevity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great company culture- good benefits.

    Cons

    Management is VERY OLD SCHOOL. It takes a LOT of effort to get promoted in IT. Does not work the same in other departments. The leadership team in IT have a very negative approach on change management and have poor organizational leadership skills. They protect each other so don't get on leaderships bad side!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Probably a good place to be at if you are approaching retirement

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    Current Employee - Expert Business Analyst  in  San Francisco, NM
    Current Employee - Expert Business Analyst in San Francisco, NM

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company that's relatively immune to the economy cycles so job safety is there. Generally nice people. Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in. Company is huge on safety and does a lot for the environment.

    Cons

    Extremely political!!! More so that any other place I've seen or heard of. It's mostly not what you know but who you know. Many people in high level positions who are not suited for those jobs but they got there through knowing someone. Upward mobility is limited. Very difficult to change processes due the regulatory nature of the business as well as people who are resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more openly; have less meetings to talk about things that never end up getting done for one reason or another.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not bad, but the cons are frustrating

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    Current Employee - Applications Programmer  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits for retirement, medical is pretty good too.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance although not pushed, is hard to control. In some departments in IS it is hard to excel in your career as you are asked constantly to write out and prove your worth for those advancements. This makes management very inpersonal, and as in other reviews, there are too many layers to management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Stable Job, yet so many layers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    PG&E for the most part is a very stable place to work. Good pay and flexible. Most employees take a lot of pride in their work and the company. Benefits are very good and lots of the people are great.

    Cons

    Difficult to have an impact if not in a leadership role. Often hard to get things accomplished due to so many decision-making layers.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company with multiple personalities and associated opportunities and challenges

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, support for volunteering

    Cons

    Dysfunctional because of several recent organizational changes as the company tries to reinvent itself in a hostile political environment. The company has significantly increased its middle and upper management bureaucratic bench-strength over the past 4 years without much improvement in profit or performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish standards for directors, managers and supervisors to collectively be more hands-on in their duties and should have better understanding of their team's activities. Hold them responsible and accountable for their performance and encourage them to empower their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great if you want a nine to five and a great retirement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere with a great work life balance. You can work a 8 nine hour days and get a "RDO" (Rotational Day Off). That basically means you get to have a three day weekend twice a month. You won't be paid the same as working for a software company since you work for a IT department for a utility company. But if you want stability and want to be lazy this is the place for you.

    Cons

    IT talent is sub par at best. Employee's have to try hard to get fired so there is no motivation to keep up with the pace of technology. A majority of the IT staff is over the age of 50 and hesitant to adapt to new technologies. Best coding practices are not enforced and a majority of the coding is done by contractors. Contractors stay for extended periods of time sometimes over five to ten years. Recently, they require contractors to be released after two years. But this just means they switch from one department to the other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Traditional, well paying, level conscious environment. Good long term choice for stability

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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, stable work environment

    Cons

    Overly reliant on relationship and politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to foster innovation without negative repercussions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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