Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
435 Reviews
3.4
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • 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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Political and Demanding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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
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    Pacific Gas and Electric--advancement and career development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Still dysfunctional

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Is NO Place for Humans

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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 an 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost in a Sea of Management Demands

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Labor Relations and Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Labor Relations and Human Resources in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting; salaries are good for starers or those without a degree - not so good if you are already high in the pay scale and coming in; benefits are better than some private sector, pension plan. If you are focused - good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Managers and up are jumping around with demands out of fear - not a good mid-management set up. The demands shift all over the place and take up too much of the day. Generally weak middle management. Low-balling the salaries for new hires and managers. Hard to hear you came in at top step when you didn't. Work is too focused on meeting odd measures of productivity - all for the bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the metrics of bonus measurements - ie: injury reporting and numeric scales that only measure a small aspect of work that employees really have no control over. The daily work gets driven by these poor scales. Pay well from the start. Too insular and averse to new ideas.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Never get too comfortable - you may be out of job without much notice

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay, work life balance - far better than most private companies. Very culturally diverse and a clear focus on promoting women.

    Cons

    Back door politics, constant lay-offs and re-hiring (except those laid off), poor public image, constant leadership change, nepotism, favoritism, poor management/leadership and motivated entirely by profits. Senior management is "Untouchable" and so very unapproachable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a continuous look at your leadership and get rid of the poor performing managers. Position the company as the "employer of choice". Hire a top PR firm to clean up your public image. Begin lay offs from the top down and practice Change Management.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    GCC Vacaville Internal issues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transmission Systems Operator in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Transmission Systems Operator in Vacaville, CA

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

    Pros

    Working there was very goot pay. ALOT of overtime if you want it.

    Cons

    Management was out of touch with its workers there. Workers were very underappreciated there which is the reason for the high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconnect with the employees and let then know that you not only care but understand the stress and extreme attention to detail they deal with every day. When peoples lives are at stake, there is no room for error! The organization, as a whole, can grow only if both management and employees welcome the change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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