Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
464 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
184 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  

    Dead Wood

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Good intentions re investments governance and budget forecasting.

    Cons

    Some under-performers continue on year after year. Managers prefer not to go through the process of letting go. This results in demotivating others and compromising on quality and safety.

    Corporate priorities and focus may be misguided - primary investments should be on safety and reliability of power grid/infrastructure; and not on reporting metrics to the Public Utilities Commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some companies go through releasing the bottom performers every couple of years - an enterprise is only as good as its people.

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

    Bureaucratic Paradise

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to move around if you don't like your current position. Pretty tough to get fired. Good job security and benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely slow-moving and frustrating company to work for. A nightmarish level of red-tape and bureaucracy. A glut of incompetent managers and executives. Lots of office politics and ladder-climbers. Lack of good standards and procedures, but they have only been around for 100+ years, so maybe I should give them a break. Lots of hypocrisy, management says one thing, but does another. Land of the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become competent in the area that you manage. Manage the business as if you were a part-owner. Think about your customers and employees before yourselves. Resist the entitlement mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 9 people found this helpful  

    Beware, external IT candidates. Cronyism reigns supreme.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Personnel in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Personnel in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent but declining benefits package.

    Cons

    Interviews for positions in IT above entry level are often shams. No process exists for employees to qualify for promotions. Employees must apply and interview for all advancement opportunities. When managers want to promote an individual, they create a new position and advise the person to be promoted that he or she should apply. To satisfy HR, a minimum number of candidates must be interviewed, so interested external and internal candidates are also accepted, despite the outcome already having been decided.

    During the interview, candidates are scored numerically in two areas; subjectively based on behavioral questions and objectively based on job qualifications (technical questions). These are then averaged together and the highest scoring candidate selected. Though this provides a legally defensible appearance of fairness, the subjective portion is used to skew the scoring towards the preselected candidate. If other candidates score so highly on the objective portion that the overall score does not favor the preselected candidate, the objective score will be thrown out for all candidates so the subjective scoring can be adjusted to justify hiring the preselected candidate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there is not a top to bottom house cleaning of IT management within the next few years, you're going to be hard pressed to justify having an internal IT organization due to total lack of competitiveness with outsourcers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unstable, run by consultants, no growth. Needs to adapt or will fail.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Good people, good pay. Good location.

    Cons

    Need new leadership. Relies on consultants and does not promote growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Political and Demanding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people on my team are great to work with
    Great benefits--you pay only 7 percent of benefit costs and they have a pension

    Cons

    Not much recognition
    My department is not staffed to up with the work
    You make one mistake and you can never overcome it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open and honest communication is not valued
    Leaders need to do a better job of setting expectations and giving feedback

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice people if you are an employee. Great if you are a minority. Promote from within.

    Cons

    Heavy use of but yet distrust of contractors built into culture. Disorganized. In their quest to hire minorities, they've left quality behind to some degree. Some bad management not managing to top notch corperate standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on integrity and adhereance to corperate standards and norms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pacific Gas and Electric--advancement and career development

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of hiring from within. Large organization, culturally acceptable to move horizontally into roles/jobs without substantial history of holding similar role. Personal relationships are the gold starndard for career advancement.

    Cons

    Lack or flimsy career development paths. Narrow and constrained role definitiion. Culture does not reward initiative or proactivity, rather it is punished and discouraged. Personal relationships are the gold standard for career advancement and/or demotion. If you are lucky enough to have a sponsor who is well connected in the organization, you can advance, if not, it will be difficult. Consultants tend to be brought on for interesting, strategic, or challenging assignments, and employees relegated to support positions rather than strategic input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    revamp rewards systems to support and encourage proactivity and initiative in employees. Finely tune career paths and competencies within career tracks. Offer more training tied to specific career tracks and give more budget to trainining employees for leadership positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Still dysfunctional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Fairfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits and that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    IT senior directors and middle management are completely dysfunctional. 1) No sense of accountability especially in the ISTS department where trouble tickets would sit for days and only worked on by a few dedicated employees. 2) IT Projects are never planned correctly and ends up being descoped due to lack of funding 3) Codependent relationship between Business and IT with most IT managers being pushed around by Business to meet unreasonable deadlines. 4) Contractors are King with some working for PG&E for years. Employees are expected to work unreasonable overtime and being on-call without being compensated accordingly. 5) Thinking outside the box and showing any initiative are always met with indifference and definitely no recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need major rethinking around accountability, developing a healthy relationship with Business and especially employee retention -- the pay and the benefits are not enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Do you wish you were on the TV show Survivor?

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay.
    Flexible work schedule.
    Um ...

    Cons

    Do your job too well and you'll get voted off the island. Top heavy organization with entrenched culture of nepotism, favoritism, and mediocrity. Back door politics determine longevity and advancement potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Is NO Place for Humans

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Coordinator in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Coordinator in Concord, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, cannot complain about the wages as it was a comfortable living as long as you are not in a peon job.

    Cons

    Beware of certain bosses, they talk about you to your co-workers behind your back then give you a lousy review as if you did something wrong!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't buddy up with the co-workers and discriminate against certain people for being white. You are setting yourself up for a lawsuit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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