Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
405 Reviews
3.4
405 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
153 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 38 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits, support for volunteering (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • It's hard to get your job done if you're constantly trying to prove your worth to upper management (in 22 reviews)

  • Middle management presents a significant barrier to changing corporate culture (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Financial Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    -Employee Resource Groups
    -Corporate offices in downtown SF
    -Nice collegues
    -New leadership

    Cons

    -HR is one of the worse I've seen. HR Reps not taking responsibility for their actions. They even re-hired an individual that was fired for some wrong doings and did not realize it until an old employee from the former dept found that he was working there again. HR's response was that they "lost" his records. They are also slow and at times unresponsive.
    -Lots of long lifers there. Nothing wrong with that, but when you have to make a change, like another guy said in his review, it's like steering a ship. Some people there have been there for so long they can't think outside the box
    -Lots of bad press from San Bruno
    -Technology is wayyy behind compared to other companies of their size. Although they have a new CIO and she seems to be turning things around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A plant run by fear

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Avila Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avila Beach, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Committed employees who really want to do the right thing and often have the experience and insight to know what the right thing should be.

    Cons

    Fear and control best describe management style at our plant. Management knows they should engage their employees but they don't. My suspicion is they know they won't hear what they want to hear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to management because they wouldn't listen. I have advice to current and future employees... run away, run away screaming.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Learning Experience but So much politics and bullying with management

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    • Senior Management
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    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

    Pros

    good pay
    good benefits
    good learning opportunities
    overall good co workers, very smart

    Cons

    management bullies underlings around
    very political ( a lot of fake behavior and brown nosing, )
    teasing/bad talking of employees by management (and sometimes done openly for others to hear, thats how i know!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees with respect and humanity.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to gain experience but not for long term growth

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    -ability to learn transferrable skills
    -learn how to work within matrix organization
    -great benefits and reimbursement program
    -product is relatable

    Cons

    -convoluted leadership structure with capped ceilings for growth
    -doesn't foster open and honest communications within organization
    -continual spin in terms of goals and priorities
    -antiquated ways of thinking due to fear of public scrutiny and relationship with Commission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to grow and develop as a company, you need to be willing to risk the backlash from the public and strive to do what is best for the customers regardless of the judgments along the way. Be willing and open to talk to the Commission. Push back when things don't make sense and stop forcing your employees to work on a project that is set up to fail from the get go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    The culture is bedeviled with mistrust and suspicion fueled by Directors, and above, focused on job preservation.

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Robust benefit package : Pension vesting eligibility at 5 years; 401K; Medical; Vacation; Sick Time; Tuition Aid and more!

    Cons

    Departments need to horizontally integrate and re-align by customer processes
    Directors, and above, too removed from employees and work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define the right outcomes rather than lecture
    Build on employee's strengths - stop trying to fix weaknesses
    Lead stop managing

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was great before new Upper Management

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    • 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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, family oriented, was a great career to retire in

    Cons

    New upper management changed all opportunites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the new CIO and go back to what worked

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Top-heavy management, no focus or vision

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    • 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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, good work hours.

    Cons

    Too many senior management layers, too dependent on outside consultants. Poor change management practices. Too much fire-fighting on urgent issues. No planning. Bureaucracy doubles the cost of most internal work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core business. Replace board members with business leaders with innovation and vision. Officer compensation packages are obscene. Micro-managers in middle management are killing your potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Awful

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    Working for a public utility provides job security, and the benefits are very good. Very flexible work schedules and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Nobody ever leaves, which provides no career growth for younger people. Getting promoted is nearly impossible, and the amount of "process" one has to go through to get anything done is really something to marvel at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee retention or your average age will always be 55.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working for the man

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    Cool, exciting projects. Not your typical IT projects

    Cons

    Huge amounts of mind numbing process to get any work done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lot of work for low pay. Lots of politics

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    I got an opportunity to learn new technology at PGE. Very good colleagues and employees. A very good benefits package.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, inconsistent rewards and lots of political haggling within ranks. Mid and upper management is incompetent and very distant from employees. Typical 80's organization and almost no perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no way of the management to know who are the major contributors. Very few people grow from within. Very slow to recognize and promote talent. Please remove slackers within management.

    Disapproves of CEO

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