Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Sr QA Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior QA Analyst/Test Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior QA Analyst/Test Lead in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexi time (depends on your boss)

    Cons

    you really feel like a contractor specially during company events


  2. Helpful (1)

    As good as it is bad.

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are definitely the number 1 perk in this company. There seems to be plenty of opportunities for career progression IF you're an engineer, business analyst, or project manager. In my particular career field (GIS), there are very few opportunities to get in and even fewer to move up. At best, I would say this is a good stepping stone to get somewhere else.

    Cons

    Chances are you will be stuck at the same level for at least a few to several years. In addition, you end up doing a lot of work that isn't GIS related and sometimes feels like GIS skills are going to waste. Also, the company is constantly changing their organizations (I think I've been through 5 re-orgs in 2 years), so there is a bit of instability and poor continuity/project management. Also, the job is rather high stress because of all the scrutiny the company is under for numerous explosions. Lots of pressure for reporting to regulating authorities on the drop of a dime. Overall, just not for me and my career.

    Advice to Management

    Consult with the worker bee experts before setting project deadlines. They are the ones who know how long projects will actually take. Nurture tech employees to get the professional development they need to keep up in the field. Also, provide more gas industry and pipeline training for employees that did not go to school to be a pipeline engineer.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in San Leandro, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in San Leandro, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Money is very good. People are supportive. A sense of getting things done.

    Cons

    PMO process is so convuluted. There is a change a week; and everything has to be done by close of business. They tell you that morning, which means you spend all day making some stupid deadline that means nothing. Too many metrics to adhere to for measuring your work.

    Advice to Management

    Dump some of the Supervisors who micromanage their resources to meet metrics.


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  5. Stable, but not innovative

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    PG&E is a good fit if you are looking for a company with good benefits, that has a pretty stable environment. The majority of people who work here are genuinely really nice. It's relatively similar to working for the government.

    Cons

    It's relatively similar to working for the government. In Silicon Valley, where R&D and innovation is highly valued, the regulatory "red tape" makes it nearly impossible to make changes and improvements. Most of the systems and processes are pretty dated and look like they are from the 90s. With companies like Telsa unveiling batteries that use solar energy to power a home, it's hard for PG&E to measure up. Internal company politics often leads to promoting the wrong people to management positions. Leadership has a lot of smart people, but most aren't smart leaders.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Contracted IT Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant/Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant/Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great salary, work from home, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Disadvantage when it comes to training when you are a contractor. You are not treated as an equal to your coworker or by your supervisors when you are a contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Give the same training if expecting the same results and regardless if you are a contractor or employee, everyone deserves respect and fairness.


  7. Electrical Worker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Power Line Worker in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Power Line Worker in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits Compared to Most Companies; Newly Hired Less Benefits Than Older Employees

    Cons

    Capricious Management, Employees, and Customers

    Advice to Management

    Do More "Soft Skills" Training for All; Make New Hires Have Better Benefits As Older; No "Two Teir"


  8. All things telecom

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    sometimes everything and sometimes there isn't anything

    Cons

    noting really to report on this front


  9. Helpful (1)

    Typical Utility

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Layers upon layers of bureaucracy. No room for creativity due to risk-averse culture and business model of a regulated utility. Impossible to talk to anyone to get answers because everyone is always unavailable in meetings.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good & Bad

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Feelings about the company as a whole are very positive and there are a huge amount of opportunities within the company if you are ambitious and happy to move around. There are many development & training opportunities. If you are happy to stay put in a particular job as well, there are lots of folks doing just that. There is a feeling over working towards a valuable goal (providing energy to the bay area) and many of the employees are generous, friendly and helpful. HR will tell you your pay bracket if you ask after an offer. Pays well for certain fields, but not as well for others.

    Cons

    Politics are huge. The other comment on how evals & STIP are done is true, which can be frustrating. The hardest workers and biggest producers are not always rewarded. It often feels like the directors are trying to further their own careers at the expense of yours. Messages from upper management are overwhelming and inconsistent and hard to enforce. RDO, telecommuting, & flexible schedule options for management employees are talked about a lot, but offered inconsistently and not generally the norm. At every level, the focus is up at the next level of management, and not down towards employees. In many departments, there are very few women in leadership positions. Women are offered lower pay, less promotional opportunities and are often treated as second class citizens.

    Advice to Management

    If you want young talented workers, be more flexible, or you will lose out especially as the economy heats up. Focus on employee engagement over metrics (quality work will follow). Use feedback to get results rather than just collecting it.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Business Finance

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

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

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

    Pros

    Hard working and trusting colleagues, competitve conpensation. Work assignments and responsibilites can be very interesting and challenging. Company supports Six Sigma.

    Cons

    Odd/chaotic/contradicting management style. Worked for and along with Business finance and operational managers/director/vp who displayed poor management and direction. Witnessed much selfish and cutthroat behavior for petty wins and ego at the cost of productivity and trust.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Board - seek opportunities to divest the gas and electricity businesses. I have been through this divesting process with an international electric Utility company which resulted in a positive impact for all stakeholders: shareholders, customers, suppliers, employees, and regulators.



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