Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
425 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
164 Ratings

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.  

    Sr Systems Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    pay, benefits, diversity, known utility brand

    Cons

    IS leadership is dictatorship, employees walking on egg-shells and moral is not just down, but totally non-existent

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, Culture needs big time updates

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Super smart and friendly people, great growth opportunities, great leadership

    Cons

    The SF PG&E offices haven't updated the dress code since the 80’s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update our dress code Its time! Dressy casual (Jeans dressed up) has arrived and works for literally every other successful company that surrounds us in San Francisco. Walking around the SF offices feels entirely old and stuffy! And it impacts the energy. An updated look will not only reenergize people but will attract a younger generation of employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solutions Marketing Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great colleagues, awesome team to work with daily - including internal clients and external agencies. I was a part of the team when the department was young and growing and it was exciting to be a part of that effort for several years. Have made a lot of lifelong friends and connections. PG&E is also really willing to invest in your professional growth/development with classes/seminars.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth - already top heavy in the management arena for the marketing department specifically
    New management came on board in late 2012 and the atmosphere/culture became a lot less enjoyable
    Too many politics - both internally and with the regulatory entities - it prevents work from getting done and progress from being made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to do better at listening to your employees and ACT upon what they are telling you in how things can be improved. There is a lot of 'acknowledgement' of the problems but no action to truly fix it. Lots of great talent has been lost and without implementing some changes, more will likely go too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, outstanding benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Could improve on stuffy culture

    Recommends
  6.  

    Impressive moves in IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The current CIO is taken this company from the dark ages into the present. She has quite a task. She is moving the company on all fronts - hardware, software, and governance. Overall leadership team is great - but is starting to see troubling turn-over . . . which makes one wonder the near future of the IT function.
    Excellent benefits - decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    The battle for dominance between IT and Business still exists. Business is still old school - with a tremendous amount of mis-trust, which creates a political environment that is sometimes hard to swallow. Promotion's are rarely merit - based, with incompetence rising faster to the top then competence. Director's are semi-gods, whether they perform or not. Lagging salaries as compared to other companies, and real life career development/chances for internal promotion - are minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to drastically improve its HR function. This has been a longstanding issue - that both insiders and outsiders are aware off. HR still has the old school mentalities that outside is better than inside. Executive Management needs to change its culture for looking to the outside to fix its problems, and look at the wonderful talent base the enterprise has. Talent is leaving due to politics, lack of internal appreciation, internal promotion, and/or lagging compensation. In short - stop looking outside to fix internal problems - look inside

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Values employees, overall a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Company culture is friendly, respectful with safety at the top of the company values. Learning and work life balance is encouraged and supported. The company is generous to the community and is considered a leader in environmental initiatives.

    Cons

    Too many processes, management layers and politics. Due to the regulated nature of the utility industry, the company is compliance driven which inhibits innovation. Creative talent and technology frontrunners will find this company running at a "slow and sure" pace. Project or products take a very long time to get approved because the company is highly scrutinized by the public.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help new hires navigate through the politics and gain access to tribal knowledge so they can succeed in their jobs and help the company achieve its goals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Director's Assistant

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    Current Employee - Director's Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director's Assistant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    What I like the most working for PG&E are their benefit programs, pension plans, tuition reimbursement program, and as well provide a child center (using lottery system) for the employees. Most of the employees are very family oriented and friendly, they don't hesitate to tranfer knowledge. They have 24/7 IT support. They concern with your healty and safety at work.

    Cons

    They needs do more work in their Talent Connect. Seems like the process is very slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lot of opportunities! Great benefits!! Right time to join the company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities in many functional areas including rotational opportunities. Opportunities to work on many emerging areas such as Solar Power, SmartGrid, Environmental Protection (GHG/cap and trade) just to name a few. New leaderships attracting industry leaders. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Reactive rather than pro-active because of the current regulatory environment. Negative media coverage can be demoralizing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A pretty typical experience of working for a large company.

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    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, relatively low stress level.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, reactionary rather than proactive management style.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pleasantly surprised...I had low expectations and its worked out well.

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    Current Employee - Communications and Training Expert in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Communications and Training Expert in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The company operates like a large family. Many people have family members who work in the office. There really are all types of people working at this large 100 year old company. In my department there are many intelligent individuals and innovative efforts taking place. People care a lot about our customers and want to do better by them. There is a lot of company sadness about San Bruno. I have been impressed with the diversity in culture, work style, skill, knowledge.

    Cons

    The company if very hierarchical, leadership holds tight to decision making and often struggles to make decisions. When they do decide, since they often do not consult with or trust their people, they end up making uninformed decisions. There is a lot of favoritism that occurs due to the strong family based culture. If you are the flavor of the quarter you will get the important projects, etc. The company is also often changing and reorganizing. It is great to work towards improvement, but pause and allow something to take hold. Due to the relationship with the CPUC, San Bruno, and other events the company is very risk averse. This is important for safety, but also stifles change, improvement, creativity and growth. Therefore, many aspects are constantly catching up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building and establishing trust. This means humbling self and consulting with various layers of the large hierarchy. Make yourself even more accessible.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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