Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated June 29, 2014
Updated June 29, 2014
397 Reviews

3.5
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
146 Ratings

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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  1. 1 person 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

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    One Bad Manager Can Destroy a Group...

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

    Pros

    Up and down about being micromanaged and being left to do the work. It was a high performing group that didn't need a nervous micromanager.... Some people really try hard.

    Cons

    Left retirement behind because of poor, unqualified over-management. Others left and are considering leaving. If you are looking here for a job, try to go in with as much background as you can get. Beware of reorganization. which means lay-offs. A lot of career employees are burned out and working for retirement, which means a lot of work-place conflict. Not a happy place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle Managers are making poor, knee-jerk decisions because of stress from Director-level management. You need some sort of business coach and an intervention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of integrity

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
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  5. 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

    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
  6.  

    Poor and under average

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Avila Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avila Beach, CA

    Pros

    they have a good retirement plan

    Cons

    Poor management and treating their employees unfairly .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have an strategic plan and directive clear instructions

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

    Company focus on style over substance

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

    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
  8. 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

    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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    25+ yrs with PG&E, and it is the worst it's ever been.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Comparable salaries/wages, job movement and advancement are available, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Culture of fear and intimidation, unfortunately, is now the norm. Micromanagement is at its worst. If in management, morals and principals are to be left at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO - Tony Earley and President - Chris Johns should not turn a blind eye or willfully condone, senior and middle management actions and behavior towards employees.
    This was once a great company, a real family.
    I had high hopes when Tony Earley came on board as CEO, that we would get back to that, but we seem to be drifting further and further away, at an alarming rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    20 year employee laid off after sickness!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seniot Project Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Seniot Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    None, terrible company that does business as a monopoly!

    Cons

    Company that does not value diversity!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Review of Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Static environment, degree of stability.

    Cons

    Couldn't recommend this company to anyone, particularly not fellow alumnus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the company up into smaller units

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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