Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
462 Reviews
3.5
462 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
183 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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  1.  

    Underwhelmed by management

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have good benefits, training opportunities, enjoyed working with my individual team.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management, Lack of decision making by leadership, lack of strategic direction. Annual performance review system needs a complete overhaul.

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

    Good for a bit to learn about energy industry

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Other great people who are trying to scale energy efficiency
    Biggest energy efficiency portfolio
    Great office location
    Good work/life balance
    Sit/stand desks

    Cons

    Regulated utility (and the regulators leave something to be desired)
    Great at acquiring good talent, but not so good at keeping it
    Meetings, meetings, meetings
    Email, email, email
    Mediocre middle management- they love to promote good individual contributors but not good leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the real leaders, not the ones who "manage up" but are really only good individual contributors
    Work on employee engagement and actually care about it
    Try to be more innovative or you might look back in a few years and find that disruptive technologies and nimble companies took your business while you were busy in a meeting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stressful

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Learning Coordinator in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Learning Coordinator in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employees engage with each other. Busy work.

    Cons

    Personal politics bureaucracy. Interim management needs more training on personal personnel issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support for employees with invisible disabilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principal

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

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

    Pros

    Tries to make good decisions to always do the right thing.

    Cons

    Benefits could be improved for employees, too much negative media exposure, poor employee performance rating system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Stable, but slow moving

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    PG&E pays very well. It's a utility company, so it's not going anywhere -- if you choose to work here it's most likely a stable source of income. They are very chill and lax about hours (coming in and leaving) as long as you finish your work. People are nice, there is a lot of variety in the company so you can certainly move around to different departments. Good workplace-life balance.

    Cons

    It's a government-regulated company, so it takes a lot to change anything. It can get boring because you do the same thing everyday, and it's too quiet. If you're younger, this may not be the best place to work because it can get very boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    "Good intentions don't necessarily deliver"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    Compensation OK, parking is expensive but BART is a good option for many. Although there have been numerous promotions during the last 3 years the employees

    Cons

    Training is almost non-existent, tribal knowledge is the norm. Every month or so, the management team is facilitating a re-org and is more focused on where they'll end up at as opposed to working with their direct reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices and interact with your teams and provide the much needed training. Procurement department does not have adequate process documentation in order to ensure the best deals are being realized for California.
    Benefits are comparable to that of other energy companies.

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

    Big company - good and bad

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and ability to change jobs within company.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and difficult to move up, due to employees in current positions for decades. Few positions at higher rank make it highly competitive for career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is looking to more work with less employees... this results in overworked employees, low work life balance, and a competitive distrustful environment. Show more appreciation and trust for employees who do their best each day for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I have worked with the company for six years in four different roles

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in West Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    I like that I'm now in management and it wouldn't have been possible if I wasn't successful in the Management Trainee Program.

    Cons

    I feel underpaid and don't feel I'm in a role that best fits my qualities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to be able to do some one-on-one training to see other positions, within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fieldman in Salinas, CA
    Former Employee - Fieldman in Salinas, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Money, IBEW or whatever Union that you will be in is almost mandatory, Money, Cool people to work with. Did I mention money? NO? Yeah Money.

    Cons

    Good old boy network. Getting in the front door. The interview process. If you are not white you will be "rerouted" to where people who look like you are. Black?...Oakland. If you have the look, wear a fishing hat, drive a pickup truck and spit chewin' tabacca...you will fit right in...100K as a field person/lineman is pretty much a guarantee...ON THE LOW SIDE!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Accounting Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for as far as benefits and opportunities.

    Cons

    Difficult to have a work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation for your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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