Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
401 Reviews

3.4
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
148 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.  

    This is an Accenture shop

    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Close to home so nice commute.

    Cons

    Too many people needed to make a decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of useless time consuming processes.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people. Mediocre management. Constant shift in direction.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Lots of great people committed to their jobs, customers and company. Great place for learning about energy and utilities. Good training opportunities.

    Cons

    Management often more focused on pleasing the level above them, rather than the people reporting to them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down and push back (gracefully) on senior management to protect your teams

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of talented people hopelessly mis- and over managed.

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

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

    Pros

    Talented people and a lot of resources. Good IT infrastructure, portable to about any location. Friendly on an individual level.

    Cons

    The company purports to be into safety but the executive leadership doesn't pay for it--they would rather hire lawyers. The IT governance is super complicated and over the top. Just getting a project moving requires so much overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real about protecting employees and citizens. Cut the internal bureaucracy by 80%--keep the solid technical people and project management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Right of Way Consultant

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The money is reasonably good. Working envireonment is tolerable to fair.

    Cons

    Management is demanding and many times chaotic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better trained management with personalities and willing to communicate. Show by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    For those wanting a cushy, stable, uninspired job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    9am to 5pm everyday, no later, no earlier
    It's almost impossible to get fired
    Great for lateral movement
    Their salary range is above average
    Pension!
    Inexpensive medical/dental/vision benefits
    401k company matching

    Cons

    Uninspiring work
    Tough to move up
    People tend to fall into a trance, where they lose ambition but learn to do their job in their sleep
    Tons of red tape

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    It wasn't for me.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of room to advance, and move around the company.

    Cons

    However, years of internal promotion has lead to under qualified people being promoted into positions they aren't qualified for.

    The overall talk I got from multiple directions was "Fix it and make it better, but don't change anything. People here are slow to accept change." I'm sorry, but if something is broken and you need to fix it, then you also need change something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize when you don't have internal talent to perform at industry standard levels, and hire from the outside. You have the right roles identified, but you have the wrong people filing them.

    I hope you can find a way to retain 'new blood' when you get them on board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Disposable contractors

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager SCADA Lifecycle
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager SCADA Lifecycle

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    There are a wide variety of contract types available.

    Cons

    A contractor can expect no consideration to be given to the continuance of their livelihood. Decisions in complete discord with any promises made during the hiring procesd can be expected. The initially stated contract length means nothing and you can expect no warning if the contract will be cut short. Even if you were let's say, in the middle of a home loan modification and loss of income would cost you your home. That would be something of no concern here despite all the early assurances during the hiring process that the contract would continue in excess of the stated length in the job req.
    it's truly reprehensible, the degree to which the value of a contracted worker has become here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt polices where you actually have some concern for the well being of people coming to work there, even if they are contractors. We're people with lives as well as your FTEs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Transmission Planning

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Depending on your group, it could be a very easy learning curb.
    Very knowledgable employees, most with decades of experience

    Cons

    They don't really put any emphasis on your educational background, just the years you've been with the company. Horrendous upper management, who won't fight for you when the time comes for a promotion. Also no direction on the future of the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Politics are debilitating

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, decent pay.

    Cons

    While there is momentum towards pushing the company to a new (better) place, the intensely political environment, and lack of employee trust, seriously hinders progress. The decision making process is extremely dysfunctional, so implementing anything new is very difficult. The culture does not make it an enjoyable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to sustain the company, you will need to think about how you will attract and retain young talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Varied Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    -Great location in San Francisco.

    -Tuition reimbursement that no one seems to take advantage of.

    -Up until 2013, the health care plan was very good, however, that changed.

    -Generous pension for people who were with the company before 2013.

    Cons

    -No respect for higher education. You will have Directors in the Company who have never been college who resent people who have graduate school degrees.

    -Sexist company full of older, white men who treated well-educated young women like secretaries from a bad episode of "Mad Men." However, this has to do with the demographics of the company: older white men over 50. It's been referred to as the "silver tsunami."

    -Ridiculously small pay raises and bad bonuses: $25 gift cards to Safeway that cause $10 to be deducted from your next paycheck? Seriously??!!

    - Forced ranking in performance reviews: they will throw someone under the bus even if everyone is performing. They borrowed this concept from Enron's rank and yank.

    -HR department can be ineffective when dealing with complaints of sexual harassment.

    -No flexibility with work: telecommuting is like pulling teeth. People clockwatch like nobody's business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Join the Year 2013. Stop running the Company like it's 1954. The internal dysfunction is apparent to people on the outside, which is why certain cities want to leave the service territory. No other investor-owned utility in the state has CCA problems.

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