Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
461 Reviews
3.5
461 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
183 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 48 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 24 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 9 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good learning experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and opportunities to expand ones expertise.

    Cons

    Middle Management (Director/Senior Director) do not share information openly. Seems political. Senior manager level with 20+ years of service seem to act very resistant to outside hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ok

    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    very good health coverage and pension

    Cons

    low growth and slow promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give good promotions

  3.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great people to work with and it's at a great location

    Cons

    big company, hard to move positions

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience has been okay- company does well and their is longevity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great company culture- good benefits.

    Cons

    Management is VERY OLD SCHOOL. It takes a LOT of effort to get promoted in IT. Does not work the same in other departments. The leadership team in IT have a very negative approach on change management and have poor organizational leadership skills. They protect each other so don't get on leaderships bad side!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EHS Professional in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - EHS Professional in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, generous resources for providing gear and equipment, motivated co-workers, community involvement and an established, respected company.

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy, EHS group is not coordinated and often works at cross purposes. Stove-piping and lack of support for new voices and careerism characterizes much of upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the overall EHS organization and consolidate it. Hire some outside professionals and actually listen to their advice. deal with the issue of competition between Gas and Electric EHS organizations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Probably a good place to be at if you are approaching retirement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert Business Analyst in San Francisco, NM
    Current Employee - Expert Business Analyst in San Francisco, NM

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

    Pros

    Company that's relatively immune to the economy cycles so job safety is there. Generally nice people. Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in. Company is huge on safety and does a lot for the environment.

    Cons

    Extremely political!!! More so that any other place I've seen or heard of. It's mostly not what you know but who you know. Many people in high level positions who are not suited for those jobs but they got there through knowing someone. Upward mobility is limited. Very difficult to change processes due the regulatory nature of the business as well as people who are resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more openly; have less meetings to talk about things that never end up getting done for one reason or another.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not bad, but the cons are frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for retirement, medical is pretty good too.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance although not pushed, is hard to control. In some departments in IS it is hard to excel in your career as you are asked constantly to write out and prove your worth for those advancements. This makes management very inpersonal, and as in other reviews, there are too many layers to management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Stable Job, yet so many layers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    PG&E for the most part is a very stable place to work. Good pay and flexible. Most employees take a lot of pride in their work and the company. Benefits are very good and lots of the people are great.

    Cons

    Difficult to have an impact if not in a leadership role. Often hard to get things accomplished due to so many decision-making layers.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company with multiple personalities and associated opportunities and challenges

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, support for volunteering

    Cons

    Dysfunctional because of several recent organizational changes as the company tries to reinvent itself in a hostile political environment. The company has significantly increased its middle and upper management bureaucratic bench-strength over the past 4 years without much improvement in profit or performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish standards for directors, managers and supervisors to collectively be more hands-on in their duties and should have better understanding of their team's activities. Hold them responsible and accountable for their performance and encourage them to empower their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great if you want a nine to five and a great retirement

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere with a great work life balance. You can work a 8 nine hour days and get a "RDO" (Rotational Day Off). That basically means you get to have a three day weekend twice a month. You won't be paid the same as working for a software company since you work for a IT department for a utility company. But if you want stability and want to be lazy this is the place for you.

    Cons

    IT talent is sub par at best. Employee's have to try hard to get fired so there is no motivation to keep up with the pace of technology. A majority of the IT staff is over the age of 50 and hesitant to adapt to new technologies. Best coding practices are not enforced and a majority of the coding is done by contractors. Contractors stay for extended periods of time sometimes over five to ten years. Recently, they require contractors to be released after two years. But this just means they switch from one department to the other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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