Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Big company - good and bad

    • 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 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Fieldman in Salinas, CA
    Former Contractor - 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Senior Accounting Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. PG&E

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor internal support, dearly behind in technology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. good salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Secretary in Stockton, CA
    Current Contractor - Secretary in Stockton, CA

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

    Pros

    salary
    benefits
    the time off is great

    Cons

    policies and safety
    The bureaucracy is awful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about the employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Short stay, disappointed to be leaving

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

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

    Pros

    - good pay+bonus
    - good benefits
    - interesting work
    - flexible work schedule
    - systems/application has direct impact on fellow employee safety and customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    - like any big organization
    - challenging time for the utility
    - some employees are not engaged (in plant retired) and working with them is difficult
    - still hanging on to "this is the way we have always done it"
    - not a lot of new development, buy mostly package solutions.
    - too much focus on "capital" projects and not enough investment in exploring alternatives to old problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to the new employees with experience in other organizations, its not enough to bring in a "new leader" and expect change throughout the organization
    - Make an effort to encourage and hang onto new employees, make sure they do not get discouraged too early and leave before they make a contribution.
    - Do an honest self assessment of the quality of your middle management, and clean the obvious dead wood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Human Resources Professional

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    They truly support career development and promote from within. They also provide ample funding for education. In addition, they provide excellent benefits.

    Cons

    HR was very disorganized. They are very good at identifying that they need to change, however, they are not to identify steps to bring about the change. Also, the older workforce is resistant to change. I also felt that management needed leadership development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify actionable steps to bring about change and see them through. Also, reach out to those in the lower rankings. Leadership has no idea regarding director performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    stable

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    stable and ok pay, work life balance is good

    Cons

    no technology and slow paced

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Slow moving and old school culture but work/life balance is good

    • 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

    Work/Life Balance
    Exposure to utility business
    Good pension benefits - its the only place i know that offers a 401k match and a pension plan

    Cons

    Many people are not motivated to work. The only reason many seem to come to work is to pick up a pension eventually.
    Highly regulated by CPUC and other agencies
    Due to people being in their positions for years and years, it is not easy to get promoted. Though there are a lot of people retiring now.
    Lack of innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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