Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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Pros
  • work/life balance can greatly differ from group to group (in 48 reviews)

  • the pay and benefits are excellent (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • It's hard to get your job done if you're constantly trying to prove your worth to upper management (in 24 reviews)

  • Difficult to have a work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Good company

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a push for work/life balance. Great benefits. Good people working there who do want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Compensation is a little low for the Bay Area. Management starts initiatives but they don't see them through to the end. It's a large org and nothing gets passed on due to multiple layers of management.


  2. Best and brightest leave to go elsewhere

    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal

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

    Pros

    Benefits - Medical/Dental/Vision, Cash Bonus, 401K matching, pension. Work from home, only go into office for F2F meetings (this depends on your management as some are progressive that way, and others are old school and want to see your face everyday). Lots of teleconferences/WebEx, stay in your PJs at home all day glued to your laptop.

    Cons

    I have been employed here for a year now, previously at a Fortune 50 company for 20+ years, then a Fortune 100 company for 6 years. The revelation was made in my first week or two that the best and brightest don't work here. The few that I have come across I have seen leave - and I've only been here a year! Really weigh your options if you are thinking about accepting an offer here. The company is rife with inefficiency, and extremely slow to change. Lots of soldiers who do what they're told and are afraid to make waves. Not seeing creative thinkers who work to make the company better - something I do every day as I care and want to see things improve. Unfortunately my leaders and co-workers are mostly complacent. The main reason I accepted is that I'm over 50 and it's difficult to get in anywhere as a "regular" employee at my age. I don't dare leave due to my age, so I'm going to try to make the best of it.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers have been in their positions and departments way too long. Rotate these managers and directors every 5 years so we can get some new energy and new thinking to help move the company forward. Doing the same job for too long becomes counter-productive at some point.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great place to network but I don't think it's the one

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Pleasant and supportive coworkers
    -Work around intelligent people (depends on department obviously)
    -Good pay
    -Stable
    -Long term career if you want it
    -Opportunities to move within company and it's encouraged

    Cons

    -Poor work life balance, tons of people in my group work put in 10-12 hours days on a regular basis just to keep up with workload
    -Not very innovative, very reactionary to industry
    -Backwards approach towards technology, they'll spend $6,000 to make sure I am comfortable ergonomically but give me the slowest, heaviest Dell laptop to lug around. Also still on Windows 7, some machines still have Windows XP.
    -Tons of documentation, to the point where it's overkill and serves little use
    -Located in SF, there are other locations but SF is their main office. It's ridiculously expensive in the city and easily offsets any salary increase that you may have gotten.
    -Huge company, as a result alot of office politics especially if you want to get ahead
    -Tons of ever changing policies and processes
    -Tons of meetings, at least 2 days out of the week I am in meetings all day. Many of them can easily be communicated through email and are not always the best use of time
    -Tons of turnover, especially with the younger generation of employees.
    -Wifi is terrible, and too secure.

    Advice to Management

    -Create more incentives for employees
    -Engage more with employees, seek their input


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company. Promising career advancement if you can deal with the politics and stick around long enough. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership is being brought in from different sectors. I understand the value in different thought processes and strategic leadership; but it's painful to both the customers and emotes when the utility business experience does not lay with leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Grow from within.


  6. Sr QA Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior QA Analyst/Test Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior QA Analyst/Test Lead in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexi time (depends on your boss)

    Cons

    you really feel like a contractor specially during company events


  7. Helpful (1)

    As good as it is bad.

    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are definitely the number 1 perk in this company. There seems to be plenty of opportunities for career progression IF you're an engineer, business analyst, or project manager. In my particular career field (GIS), there are very few opportunities to get in and even fewer to move up. At best, I would say this is a good stepping stone to get somewhere else.

    Cons

    Chances are you will be stuck at the same level for at least a few to several years. In addition, you end up doing a lot of work that isn't GIS related and sometimes feels like GIS skills are going to waste. Also, the company is constantly changing their organizations (I think I've been through 5 re-orgs in 2 years), so there is a bit of instability and poor continuity/project management. Also, the job is rather high stress because of all the scrutiny the company is under for numerous explosions. Lots of pressure for reporting to regulating authorities on the drop of a dime. Overall, just not for me and my career.

    Advice to Management

    Consult with the worker bee experts before setting project deadlines. They are the ones who know how long projects will actually take. Nurture tech employees to get the professional development they need to keep up in the field. Also, provide more gas industry and pipeline training for employees that did not go to school to be a pipeline engineer.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in San Leandro, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in San Leandro, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Money is very good. People are supportive. A sense of getting things done.

    Cons

    PMO process is so convuluted. There is a change a week; and everything has to be done by close of business. They tell you that morning, which means you spend all day making some stupid deadline that means nothing. Too many metrics to adhere to for measuring your work.

    Advice to Management

    Dump some of the Supervisors who micromanage their resources to meet metrics.


  9. Stable, but not innovative

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    PG&E is a good fit if you are looking for a company with good benefits, that has a pretty stable environment. The majority of people who work here are genuinely really nice.

    It's relatively similar to working for the government.

    Cons

    It's relatively similar to working for the government.

    In Silicon Valley, where R&D and innovation is highly valued, the regulatory "red tape" makes it nearly impossible to make changes and improvements. Most of the systems and processes are pretty dated and look like they are from the 90s. With companies like Telsa unveiling batteries that use solar energy to power a home, it's hard for PG&E to measure up. Internal company politics often leads to promoting the wrong people to management positions. Leadership has a lot of smart people, but most aren't smart leaders.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Contracted IT Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant/Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant/Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great salary, work from home, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Disadvantage when it comes to training when you are a contractor. You are not treated as an equal to your coworker or by your supervisors when you are a contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Give the same training if expecting the same results and regardless if you are a contractor or employee, everyone deserves respect and fairness.


  11. Electrical Worker

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Benefits Compared to Most Companies; Newly Hired Less Benefits Than Older Employees

    Cons

    Capricious Management, Employees, and Customers

    Advice to Management

    Do More "Soft Skills" Training for All; Make New Hires Have Better Benefits As Older; No "Two Teir"



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