Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated July 10, 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. Helpful (1)

    Beware of manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Services Program Manager in Discovery Bay, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Services Program Manager in Discovery Bay, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Salary and benefits highly competetive

    Cons

    Manager in this position (Integrated Disability Manager) is extremely incompetent and will set you up to fail.

    Advice to Management

    This position needs clearer definition, at the very least a job description with defined goals. Work with incumbents before you make employment decisions. No opportunity for input or development..


  2. Helpful (8)

    Expert Analyst

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Higher than industry average base salary, pension (although severely dwarfed down in 2013), and a ridiculous amount of job security. You want a 9-5 job and don't mind doing the same thing everyday with a 2.5% increase per year with great benefits and pension but no promotions? Can you take BS reorgs every 7 months and be blamed for things that you didn't know you were responsible for? Then this place is for you.

    Cons

    As a disclaimer, I have consulted at Socal Edison, Sempra, and Salt River Project in Arizona before taking on an FTE role at PG&E. While all the investor owned utilities have their inherent flaws, PG&E's (As listed below) are greatly amplified. Another disclaimer - I was rated a high performer in my last review before leaving the company. My boss (now a valued friend) told me that I should leave if I wanted to advance my career. Most Orgs have terrible upper management that has no desire to change or genuinely pay the effort cost to get better. This attitude cascades throughout the businesses and translates to cutting corners, falsifying records, nepotism, and back-channeled agreements. This is a place that will only promote based on how much you can brown nose and say the "right" things. Actual performance is of little importance and the people that do advance are just skilled in passing on responsibilities to others. If you are thinking of employment here, only consider it if you are going to be a Director+ level and you are relatively settled with your career. There is absolutely no room for advancement in most business units and quite frankly if I had a kid of age, this is the absolute last place I would want him to start his career. There are "finance" people that don't know how to properly use a vlookup or create a pivot table for crying out loud. If you do happen to have talent and actual production skills, you will likely get fed up and find employment with someone else across the street (ie - JP Morgan, Salesforce, Twitter, McKesson, etc.) Business Units to avoid like the plague - Customer Care (#1 by a mile), Supply Chain, Gas Ops, and corporate relations (rootcause of San Bruno back-channeling charges). Electric Ops can be a mixed bag, but you will likely have to possess prior electric ops experience.


  3. Helpful (9)

    Unscrupulous

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    The company has decent employee benefits, including a pension plan and excellent high employer matching contributions for 401K. Speaking about the executive branch and not the service branch, but I believe there are some similar threads running through there as well. If you are willing to do as you are told, not ask questions, and play ball with liars... you can work here for a long time.

    Cons

    I was expected to mislead my internal customers, allow false reporting through my leadership team to upper management, and stay quiet about shady accounting practices within the department. My direct managers had zero humanity and zero leadership skills. The department was run on fear of losing one's job and threats.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management as they do not care. The system of fear, intimidation, law-breaking, and falsification of documents appears to be a long-standing systemic practice, even a business model for this company.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Very laid back but very liberal

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telecom, Drafter, Estimator in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Telecom, Drafter, Estimator in Davis, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay and access to info was good, It was union so if you worked to hard the senior members got nervous.

    Cons

    Very political, promoted Oboma, and big government, Do not voice your opinion unless you want backlash from San Francisco Administration.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the US Constitution, and support all workers.


  6. Principal, Electric Manager

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    Current Employee - Principal in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Ramon, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunities to do interesting work, meet other industry professionals and do many things.

    Cons

    - Little work life balance, lack of resources, working vacations - PG&E insists on people working downtown or in San Ramon on a regular basis - which adds many hours to the day, is not efficient or effective, and adds to potential safety issues. (those areas are not affordable for real estate - so whats the point). - Directors are detached and don't have management or people skills - but think they do.

    Advice to Management

    - Ratepayers pay loads extra for all the unnecessary and inefficient travel requirements (hotels, meals, air) - require directors to do skip level meetings and become involved in the business.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Cliquey, secretive and fake

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Elk Grove, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Elk Grove, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    benefits, leave of absence, sick leave, paternity leave, FMLA leave

    Cons

    IBEW union and being forced in the union that gives money to only one political party. IBEW is always putting their political preference up but if you disagree with their political preference, you cannot protest nor take your money back. Union dues should not go towards political causes but towards the union members.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting the Union take over everything. Stop letting them post political things everywhere because it is against many of your employees political preference.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Like spending most of your time wasting time instead of getting things done? This is the place for you.

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PG&E pays well, but you will be limited in annual wage increases due to their year-end appraisal system.

    Cons

    Oh where to start? In a climate that is purported to be "help you get everything done" and have a "work life balance", upper management clearly does not practice what it preaches. They will take away staff and expect the same amount of work to be done. Instead of coming up will supportive solutions, management thinks of ways to make tasks more arduous. Although they claim they want everyone to be "safe", driving 5-6 hours in a day is not unusual. And be careful--if you're hired, at least 10-15% of the workforce is place in the "developing" category annually, which is stimatizing and results in low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Be solution-directed. Check that your management is "servant leadership" material, not ultimatum-oriented command and control types. Stop the worthless benchmarking, and do what's right for the company, not what everyone else is doing. Treat your employees as your most important asset.


  9. Helpful (1)

    average place to work

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

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

    Pros

    easy depending on which department

    Cons

    poor management, lots of politics, lots of reorgs, lots of waste, obvious disregard for the average employee

    Advice to Management

    hire managers who actually know how to manage; stop playing political games


  10. Helpful (3)

    GO office is a "rough neighborhood". Field people are some of the best I have ever worked with.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great possibilities for improvement within the company as they are adjusting to the new economy vs. the 1960's model for Utilities.

    Cons

    Any contract or lower level employees, below a director are not valued. Very high turnover for women as well. With a initiative of Culture within Change management that has been created within the last 2 years, they are not walking the talk here.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your approach to the employees, whether or not they are contractors. Staff teams so that all employees have the capacity, time and resources to do their jobs. Culture change is desperately needed from within and your management needs to lead not punish your team members for your management decisions.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Strange department needs sr. mgnt looks into

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great in PGE; work life balance is tremendous.

    Cons

    Lower mgnt gangs up ... don't listen to staff's inputs, instead, they cover each other's lackings. The dept manager did collect feed back from most staff about the incompentent supervisor, and the feedbacks are mostly negative....but he covers up and plans not reporting the negative feedback because he doesn't want to "rock the boat". The supervisor continues to be incompetent, harassing employees, taking employees credits, not defending employees for their work...not taking accountability, relying her buddy contractor to do the work for her, and constantly allowing losses of responsibilities to other dept, allowing middle mgnt to critique how less value added our org has been without aggressively proving that we are not and defending it. These lower mgnt are weak; they do not realize by not rocking the boat, they can loss staff, loss reputations, eventually they will loss their functions and their job. They care their yearly bonuses and raises at the sensitive performance review timing of the year. They grade pp intentionally based on their preferences and prefers pp who won't complain. This is the culture of pge and every dysfunctional company. That is why the company has to be fined. They'll keep doing it until someday the company exploded or bankrupted again. And these pp have no shame, as by then, all they do is blame the company and claim no responsibility to the failure. Pge is ridiculous to allow these pp to exist. These lower mgnt are greedy, manipulative, dysfunctional, and do not contribute much values to the culture that is needed by pge. Their salary combined are more than 300k and they are lower middle mgnt only.

    Advice to Management

    CEO level needs to have a special taskforce to look into these personnel issues - so that they can evaluate, trimming company's costs and increasing effectiveness to do some real clean up.



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