Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Pay isn't everything..

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, and employee discounts. You also get to work with some really great people who care about the work that they do.

    Cons

    Lack of training, lack of concern to the environmental impact caused by construction (a very weak procedure put in place), management has this "us against them" attitude towards union employees which make communicating concerns a tedious task, and nepotism is often tolerated, and dare I say, practiced among the ranks of management.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of companies out there that issue psychological testing for managerial employees for a very good reason.. Just a thought.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Company needs a new strategy for middle management

    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good, and the pay for management is average. If you didn't go to college, this is a great place to make good money, since unionized field workers often make much more than their non-union supervisors. People are generally nice and want to get along. Lots of training opportunities, volunteer opportunities and education reimbursement. Upper management is competent.

    Cons

    Don't expect to innovate here. Not much promotion from within. Highly political and bureaucratic management environment. Very hierarchical, and management expects automatic respect and deference just because of their titles, rather than earning respect through actions and leadership qualities. Mid-level management is especially poor and typically not qualified or trained for leadership. The rare, natural leaders are quickly promoted into upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Spend significant time identifying talent within your lower "management" ranks and promoting them into middle management positions. Look for well educated, intelligent individuals with a good mixture of technical expertise and leadership experience and/or potential, and give them challenging leadership roles.

  3. Helpful (2)

    This is an Accenture shop

    Former Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Close to home so nice commute.

    Cons

    Too many people needed to make a decision.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of useless time consuming processes.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good people. Mediocre management. Constant shift in direction.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of great people committed to their jobs, customers and company. Great place for learning about energy and utilities. Good training opportunities.

    Cons

    Management often more focused on pleasing the level above them, rather than the people reporting to them

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and push back (gracefully) on senior management to protect your teams

  6. Helpful (3)

    A lot of talented people hopelessly mis- and over managed.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people and a lot of resources. Good IT infrastructure, portable to about any location. Friendly on an individual level.

    Cons

    The company purports to be into safety but the executive leadership doesn't pay for it--they would rather hire lawyers. The IT governance is super complicated and over the top. Just getting a project moving requires so much overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Get real about protecting employees and citizens. Cut the internal bureaucracy by 80%--keep the solid technical people and project management.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Right of Way Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - R/W Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - R/W Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The money is reasonably good. Working envireonment is tolerable to fair.

    Cons

    Management is demanding and many times chaotic.

    Advice to Management

    Need better trained management with personalities and willing to communicate. Show by example.

  8. Helpful (2)

    For those wanting a cushy, stable, uninspired job

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

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

    Pros

    9am to 5pm everyday, no later, no earlier
    It's almost impossible to get fired
    Great for lateral movement
    Their salary range is above average
    Pension!
    Inexpensive medical/dental/vision benefits
    401k company matching

    Cons

    Uninspiring work
    Tough to move up
    People tend to fall into a trance, where they lose ambition but learn to do their job in their sleep
    Tons of red tape

  9. Helpful (5)

    It wasn't for me.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of room to advance, and move around the company.

    Cons

    However, years of internal promotion has lead to under qualified people being promoted into positions they aren't qualified for.

    The overall talk I got from multiple directions was "Fix it and make it better, but don't change anything. People here are slow to accept change." I'm sorry, but if something is broken and you need to fix it, then you also need change something.

    Advice to Management

    Realize when you don't have internal talent to perform at industry standard levels, and hire from the outside. You have the right roles identified, but you have the wrong people filing them.

    I hope you can find a way to retain 'new blood' when you get them on board.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Disposable contractors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - IT Project Manager SCADA Lifecycle
    Former Contractor - IT Project Manager SCADA Lifecycle

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a wide variety of contract types available.

    Cons

    A contractor can expect no consideration to be given to the continuance of their livelihood. Decisions in complete discord with any promises made during the hiring procesd can be expected. The initially stated contract length means nothing and you can expect no warning if the contract will be cut short. Even if you were let's say, in the middle of a home loan modification and loss of income would cost you your home. That would be something of no concern here despite all the early assurances during the hiring process that the contract would continue in excess of the stated length in the job req.
    it's truly reprehensible, the degree to which the value of a contracted worker has become here.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt polices where you actually have some concern for the well being of people coming to work there, even if they are contractors. We're people with lives as well as your FTEs.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Transmission Planning

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on your group, it could be a very easy learning curb.
    Very knowledgable employees, most with decades of experience

    Cons

    They don't really put any emphasis on your educational background, just the years you've been with the company. Horrendous upper management, who won't fight for you when the time comes for a promotion. Also no direction on the future of the company

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