Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Principal

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very sharp people in the General Office (downtown SF), many of whom re making a genuine effort to improve the company. Many groups within the company work on the cutting edge of the energy, and utility, industries. Good compensation, benefits, and work/life balance.

    Cons

    The highly regulated environment results in: 1) many required processes and daily tasks that often reduce the time available to spend on meaningful core work (and generally lots of bureaucracy), 2) very long timelines due to trying to make every stakeholder happy, 3) hesitancy to pursue high potential strategic projects.

    Advice to Management

    Tailor risk and compliance efforts to each individual business instead of applying a broad-brush approach. Shrink the service territory and focus efforts; we will have opportunities to expand again the future. Continue to stand up against uninformed and unreasonable parties who believe a utility is neither needed or beneficial.


  2. Good Comp

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Comp is good and competitive for Bay Area

    Cons

    Work Life Balance, Reactive, Politics


  3. Helpful (1)

    PGE

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good hours, opportunities for promotion/movement

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Stuffy culture. Poor fringe benefits.


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  5. Good company with great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor

    Pros

    - open and polite culture - collaboration is preferred for decision making - good opportunities to move within IT - well known and respected employer in the market

    Cons

    - some areas are slow moving - traditional culture so be patient - have not found any other yet


  6. Management Consultant Contractor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Change Management in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Change Management in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Company; Sound practices and caring attitude towards employees

    Cons

    Big Organization and sometimes it is difficult to get information across all 20,000+ employees

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that consideration is given to informing all employees in all locations of relevant information using a means that is useful for their jobs.


  7. good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of different jobs available. Lots of opportunity to grow. Tuition reimbursement up to 8k. A lot of jobs in different locations. Company is all about safety. They really want a safe working environment

    Cons

    Very political atmosphere. Have to be able to rub shoulders if you want to advance. A company certainly about who you know

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work but value the employees more. Stop looking to work w friends and challenge the old w new ideas


  8. Great company to work at

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well established, rich internal knowledge

    Cons

    Big company, sometimes hard to move projects through the system

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good place to learn and grow

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

    Pros

    - Learn a lot from incredibly experienced utility veterans - Opportunities to move to different areas of the company - Diverse projects and teams that always keeps the work interesting

    Cons

    - Difficult in some departments to move up--management likes to hire "superstar MBAs" and promote from without - Old fashioned culture--some departments discourage telecommuting, teleconferencing, etc. You need to "show your face" 9-10 hours a day - Can get very political

    Advice to Management

    - Stop promoting from outside and then wondering why your current staff are leaving - It's time to realize the workplace world has changed--flexible work schedules, telecommuting, etc. need to be embraced


  10. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good management, there is always something happening at the company and people are encouraging here

    Cons

    sometimes days can be slow, or if a event or disaster is happening it's hard to get a hold of upper management making it difficult to complete tasks that require approval


  11. IT Project Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor

    Pros

    Great place to work, people are extremely nice. They are really making sure that you have all the held you need to be successful in your position. If you are a team player.. you will fit right in!

    Cons

    A lot of process and paperwork, but in a sense everything needs to be documented to ensure process are followed and that safety is at the essence of every project

    Advice to Management

    work with your team, get feedback form the actual people that do the work before implementing new processes. That will surely avoid confusion.



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