Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
443 Reviews
3.5
443 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
172 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.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    The standard office politics exist

  2.  

    Ok

    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    very good health coverage and pension

    Cons

    low growth and slow promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give good promotions

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and opportunities to expand ones expertise.

    Cons

    Middle Management (Director/Senior Director) do not share information openly. Seems political. Senior manager level with 20+ years of service seem to act very resistant to outside hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    There was good and bad but I really struggled with not being paid as much as everyone else

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance. Granted I worked in Operations and as a Contractor for this company and the flexibility of my schedule was great. And when I moved to Program Management, my work life balance got even better. As long as you get your work done, that is the main focus. If you need to leave early or work from home, you just need to let your manager know. Granted this is dependent on your manager but I was lucky enough to work for people who allowed for this flexibility. As a program manager, I was really able to own my program and make the decisions on how to make it run effectively. Raises and bonuses come every year for the time that I worked here.

    Cons

    Although, most people say the pay is great, I did not experience this. I came in severely underpaid and never got to where I should have been even with several raises. Management did not work to ensure I was paid fairly and I knew everyone else was being paid more than me.

    Technology is so behind. It hinders getting things accomplished on a daily basis.

    Career Paths aren't clear and it is hard to move up here unless you are friends with the right people. It is not how much work you do or how smart you are, it's all about who you know. Granted it is probably like that in corporate america period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people more and make sure you have the right people doing the right jobs. Please please invest in technology to make the business run better and more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great people to work with and it's at a great location

    Cons

    big company, hard to move positions

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience has been okay- company does well and their is longevity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great company culture- good benefits.

    Cons

    Management is VERY OLD SCHOOL. It takes a LOT of effort to get promoted in IT. Does not work the same in other departments. The leadership team in IT have a very negative approach on change management and have poor organizational leadership skills. They protect each other so don't get on leaderships bad side!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EHS Professional in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - EHS Professional in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, generous resources for providing gear and equipment, motivated co-workers, community involvement and an established, respected company.

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy, EHS group is not coordinated and often works at cross purposes. Stove-piping and lack of support for new voices and careerism characterizes much of upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the overall EHS organization and consolidate it. Hire some outside professionals and actually listen to their advice. deal with the issue of competition between Gas and Electric EHS organizations.

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

    Probably a good place to be at if you are approaching retirement

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    Current Employee - Expert Business Analyst in San Francisco, NM
    Current Employee - Expert Business Analyst in San Francisco, NM

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

    Pros

    Company that's relatively immune to the economy cycles so job safety is there. Generally nice people. Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in. Company is huge on safety and does a lot for the environment.

    Cons

    Extremely political!!! More so that any other place I've seen or heard of. It's mostly not what you know but who you know. Many people in high level positions who are not suited for those jobs but they got there through knowing someone. Upward mobility is limited. Very difficult to change processes due the regulatory nature of the business as well as people who are resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more openly; have less meetings to talk about things that never end up getting done for one reason or another.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not bad, but the cons are frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for retirement, medical is pretty good too.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance although not pushed, is hard to control. In some departments in IS it is hard to excel in your career as you are asked constantly to write out and prove your worth for those advancements. This makes management very inpersonal, and as in other reviews, there are too many layers to management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Stable Job, yet so many layers

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    PG&E for the most part is a very stable place to work. Good pay and flexible. Most employees take a lot of pride in their work and the company. Benefits are very good and lots of the people are great.

    Cons

    Difficult to have an impact if not in a leadership role. Often hard to get things accomplished due to so many decision-making layers.

    Approves of CEO

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