Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
434 Reviews
3.5
434 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 46 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 22 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 8 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    What are we doing here?

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary, great location to live

    Cons

    We are a command & control, compliance culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting as if your primary motiviation is to stay out of trouble. We won't become a leading utility with that mindset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    THE WORST PLACE TO WORK!!!

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, and that is all!!!

    Cons

    Really too numerous to list. The most backword, dishonest, unethical, and deeply immoral company I've seen in a long time!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire useless, imcompetent scumbags that have no moral code. Hire competent individuals based on merit, experience, moral code and talent!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Best this they ever did for me was t lay me off!!!

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Location - downtown SF
    Supported volunteer work, Habitat for Humanity
    good benefits

    Cons

    Management is totally clueless, long drawn out re-organization so new CIO could put her friends from Kmart in key roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you get rid of layers of management don't just rename the positions and then layoff the people actually doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Headed in the wrong direction...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Guy in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Security Guy in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexibility.
    Low expectations are the norm.
    Good pay.

    Cons

    Incompetence has been institutionalized at many levels. You're almost made to feel bad for expecting too much of anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that the utility is also part of the nation's Critical Infrastructure, which is under attack more than ever. You can't cut staff while adding pet projects to make buddies with the board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    company has changed for the negative in my 25 years with them

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    good pay. large cmpany. lots of work locations. upward mobility.

    Cons

    poor management, unnecessary changes. clueless managemetn

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Too many cooks, not enough servers...and definitely no teamwork

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    + If you love big corporations and want to strengthen your resume, this is your kind of place
    + Can learn a lot about doing nothing and get paid for it
    + Everyone heads for the elevators at 12 noon and 5 pm - and these were the non-union employees

    Cons

    - Teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation is lacking and bordering on non-existent
    - Corporate behemoth bottlenecks and processes ensures many projects never get finished
    - Way too many 'lifers' that are still on a free ride and have no shame in gaming the system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not about you, it's not about your egos, it's not about your shareholders, and it's not about your bottom line. If you took the time and exchanged some honest dialogue with your employees - to listen to what they have to say, even if you have to go out of your way to appreciate and thank them for jobs well done (I know for most management folk that's just way too below their standards) you possibly could get more out of their performances and, oh wow, you might even garner some, dare I type...RESPECT from those that continually bust their butts to make sure your team's goals are met so you can receive your cushy bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    We've all been there

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Employees raves about the benefits. Pay is OK.

    Cons

    Very little actual work gets done in the group that brought me on board. Lots of trash talk. Lots of meetings. Everyone's a project manager--even the person who orders lunch for the meetings (lunch is a project). Someone writes up meeting notes. Someone uses the notes to make a presentation for exec management. Someone else turns the presentation into a spreadsheet. Someone else puts the spreadsheet into one (or more) of the 15 or so PM reports. Sometimes 15 different people put the info into 15 different reports. Then they have another meeting to discuss the reports and the cycle begins again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you know what is going on down below?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Inefficient & conniving management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits and decent work environment.

    Cons

    Senior management is conniving.....yes conniving in how they deal with the juniors. And fairly incompetent managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do not have managers who are incompetent. Someone being around in the company for 10 yrs doesnt make them good manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    This company has a lot of problems

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    The benefits at PG&E are great. It is one of the few companies that still offer pensions. The health benefits are very generous as well. The company is also very accomodating to working mothers. It is also a lot more secured than other places. It is also very accepting of diversity and there are plenty of women represented in upper management. Opportunities for advancement are somewhat high due to the aging workforce.

    Cons

    I worked in the Finance Organization and these are some of the things I have heard from people in other departments regarding my department and their departments.

    In the Controller's Organization, RDO was taken away and so was the option to work from home. Morale fell as a result since other departments retained this. The interesting thing is that many divisions in the Controller's Organization worked easy normal hours so it is unknown why this happened.

    The Finance/Controller's Organization also kept cutting back on perks such as Christmas parties and other events. Furthermore, cubes were shrunk as PG&E decided to stop paying rent for some buildings and just move workers into the General Office. Morale fell as a result of the shrunken cubes. This organization was just a very very stingy and cheap organization.

    Turnover was also quite high. There were often times in which I could not even recognize anyone in some divisions as everyone was new. This often happened in the span of a year. Often, many young employees left due to the low quality work they were given. Growth opportunities just weren't common at PG&E.

    Salaries were also below market and raises were also below market. The training was also really really bad and so a lot of people lacked hard skills.

    Layoffs were not uncommon at PG&E which is somewhat hard to believe for most people. A department was axed back in 2006 (a time of economic prosperity) and hiring freezes were frequently imposed.

    Evaluations were quite unfair at PG&E. It followed a bell curve in which workers were compared. A coworker of mine once told me that he received a midyear evaluation that was almost the complete opposite of his end of the year evaluation. He was rated in the bottom bucket in certain categories but when he switched to a different supervisor, he was rated near the top in those categories. Suffice to say, evaluations didn't really follow a clear cut formula and were often very very very political.

    The company also frequently restructured the company in a scheme called the "Service Delivery Model". Whole departments were renamed and moved around frequently. It was chaotic to say the least and morale fell. Supposedly these were common before I joined and left PG&E and all of these restructurings also supposedly ended in low morale and failure.

    Departments differed when it came to RDOs and other perks. Previously, PG&E Corporation people qualified for PTOs while PG&E Utility people were given sick days and vacations instead. Sick days could only be used for sick days while PTOs can be used for either. PG&E Corporation people were not given discounts for utility bills while Utility people were. Suffice to say, this was quite confusing.

    Politics was also quite a real phenomenon at PG&E. Advancement had more to do with politics than with merit. Also, upper management was also composed primarily of outsiders and this was often an issue at PG&E.

    Overall, I wouldn't recommend PG&E. The opportunities for growth are there but only for certain divisions/departments. Supposedly, PG&E was a great company to work for but it seems as if the new upper management changed the whole culture. The morale was low when I left and I doubt that has changed at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should step aside. Morale was low before I left and from talking to my friends who work there still quite low. There was a lot of drama during my time there and often times, upper management mistreated many employees there. If the issues that were mentioned above aren't fixed, don't expect to be the "Nation's leading utility". There is a reason why turnover was so high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    A great place to Retire on the Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior "HR Speciality" Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior "HR Speciality" Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    You're looking for a paycheck. PG&E supports a 9 to 5 culture

    Cons

    Lack of Career advancement opportunities. Ideas not valued unless you've served at the company at least 5 years. A lot of cronyism. Not what you know, but who you know that gets you ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue down the path of change management, but bring in a team that can truly facilitate the change. The Senn Delaney process was a joke

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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