Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (7)

    Best and brightest leave to go elsewhere

    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal

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

    Pros

    Benefits - Medical/Dental/Vision, Cash Bonus, 401K matching, pension. Work from home, only go into office for F2F meetings (this depends on your management as some are progressive that way, and others are old school and want to see your face everyday). Lots of teleconferences/WebEx, stay in your PJs at home all day glued to your laptop.

    Cons

    I have been employed here for a year now, previously at a Fortune 50 company for 20+ years, then a Fortune 100 company for 6 years. The revelation was made in my first week or two that the best and brightest don't work here. The few that I have come across I have seen leave - and I've only been here a year! Really weigh your options if you are thinking about accepting an offer here. The company is rife with inefficiency, and extremely slow to change. Lots of soldiers who do what they're told and are afraid to make waves. Not seeing creative thinkers who work to make the company better - something I do every day as I care and want to see things improve. Unfortunately my leaders and co-workers are mostly complacent. The main reason I accepted is that I'm over 50 and it's difficult to get in anywhere as a "regular" employee at my age. I don't dare leave due to my age, so I'm going to try to make the best of it.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers have been in their positions and departments way too long. Rotate these managers and directors every 5 years so we can get some new energy and new thinking to help move the company forward. Doing the same job for too long becomes counter-productive at some point.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Gas Ops

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits; Good retirement plan; Many excellent, very bright, committed, and energetic staff to work with. The core mission in support of safe, reliable, gas service to millions of customers is very valuable and worthwhile.

    Cons

    Under staffing management positions built upon institutional, abusive demands on employee's time, without regard to a fair and sustainable work/life balance. Incessant unproductive meetings; poor communications between groups; frequent task redundancy; lack of consultation with knowledgeable staff when making decisions behind closed doors; cliques and persistent old-boys culture of favoritism and decision making; excessive re-orgs; punitive culture.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management - have more respect for your manager's and staff's time; consult more, blame less; promote based on merit, not clique connections. Get serious about empowering your employees to be full, respected contributors in the development of new programs. Diversity and inclusion should be more than slogans.


  3. Good Pay, Benefits, Corporate Environment, Slow Moving

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, flexibility and work life balance depending on job function/ manager. Safety focused. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. SF HQ location is great if you enjoy working in the FiDi.

    Cons

    Hierarchy. Slow moving but committed to progressing towards process/ system improvements. Culture: Corporate, lack of creativity but that's also due to this industry-highly regulated. No office perks, or fun corporate events. Lack of Employee recognition other than the standard years of service plaques.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Business Analyst

    • 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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pays well. Daily start times more flexible than many companies. Technical environment is pretty good. Opportunities to work on some interesting highly technical jobs.

    Cons

    Consultants everywhere. Team spirit varies WIDELY from one working group to another -- from zero team spirit (really) to very high, involved.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a push for work/life balance. Great benefits. Good people working there who do want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Compensation is a little low for the Bay Area. Management starts initiatives but they don't see them through to the end. It's a large org and nothing gets passed on due to multiple layers of management.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Great place to network but I don't think it's the one

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Pleasant and supportive coworkers -Work around intelligent people (depends on department obviously) -Good pay -Stable -Long term career if you want it -Opportunities to move within company and it's encouraged

    Cons

    -Poor work life balance, tons of people in my group work put in 10-12 hours days on a regular basis just to keep up with workload -Not very innovative, very reactionary to industry -Backwards approach towards technology, they'll spend $6,000 to make sure I am comfortable ergonomically but give me the slowest, heaviest Dell laptop to lug around. Also still on Windows 7, some machines still have Windows XP. -Tons of documentation, to the point where it's overkill and serves little use -Located in SF, there are other locations but SF is their main office. It's ridiculously expensive in the city and easily offsets any salary increase that you may have gotten. -Huge company, as a result alot of office politics especially if you want to get ahead -Tons of ever changing policies and processes -Tons of meetings, at least 2 days out of the week I am in meetings all day. Many of them can easily be communicated through email and are not always the best use of time -Tons of turnover, especially with the younger generation of employees. -Wifi is terrible, and too secure.

    Advice to Management

    -Create more incentives for employees -Engage more with employees, seek their input


  8. Intergration Architect

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Architect/Application-Integration Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Architect/Application-Integration Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Team and Location to work with

    Cons

    General issues over management procedures


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company. Promising career advancement if you can deal with the politics and stick around long enough. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership is being brought in from different sectors. I understand the value in different thought processes and strategic leadership; but it's painful to both the customers and emotes when the utility business experience does not lay with leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Grow from within.


  10. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexi time (depends on your boss)

    Cons

    you really feel like a contractor specially during company events


  11. 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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.



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