Pacific Gas and Electric

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Great experience and resume builder

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Intern
Former Employee - Intern

I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

Pros

great compensation
friendly coworkers
understanding supervisors
interesting and varied projects
satisfaction upon project completion
camaraderie
opportunities to network within the company and with its contractors
opportunities to rotate or switch between types of work once you are in
if you do great work you will be complemented

Cons

a very cyclical workload
some low level reviews can be rote and undersatisfying
sometimes work that is given to you is already behind schedule and you need to do your best to compensate for that loss
work-life balance is dependent upon the urgency and level of public scrutiny of the project

Advice to ManagementAdvice

continue to offer interesting and varied projects for better employee satisfaction
consider increasing headcount to relieve the stress of already overloaded staff

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    There is a reason everyone hates them

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    -pension if you can stick it out long enough (see addendum below under cons)
    -competitive benefits and pay (see addendum below under cons)

    * the only positive reviews you see on here are from union employees...professional employees please be aware of this if you are evaluating these reviews

    Cons

    -pension and benefits are competitive...but this adds to reasons why people talk themselves to stick with this terrible company. Everyone is miserable and wishes they could leave, but feel stuck in their job. Less than 70% of PG&E employees are satisfied with their job (this is an actual company-wide statistic from 2010). However, there is low turnover due to high pay in union positions (where most management starts out) and also by the simple fact that most employees have never worked at any other company...so they fear they will not be able to get another job or survive without PG&E
    -hostile environment. The people in leadership (executive and middle management) are bullies all around. To prosper in this company, you must be aggressive, opinionated, but others down, and have an unwavering feeling of superiority above everyone else
    -working at PG&E is like running in a hamster wheel: you work hard and get nowhere. This company has toxic management from the top down and just doesn't seem to "get it". Every problem is approached with a formulaic, narrow solution (ex: low employee satisfaction scores are resolved by giving the whole department a certificate of appreciation. Never mind the constant negativity, criticism, and no recognition for hard work or results).
    -self performance reviews have about 15 facets to them and are 2-3 pages long. Very little weight is given to getting work done, most of it is cultural fit. This gives your supervisor huge latitude to rate you low based upon non-concrete examples (ex: not a "team player", does not support the community outside of company time, does not strive to better the customer experience (in a non-customer facing role)). Company reviews take about 3 months to be approved through the different levels of management, so by the time you receive your "feedback" you have 2 months until the next review...good luck on building evidence you improved during this time!
    - a "good old boys" environment- power dominated by old timers who are stuck in their way of doing things because "this is how we always do it" . This leaves zero room for innovation or improvement.
    - poor training, poor career advancement. You have to work harder here, get paid less, and have a inferior title at PG&E than you would at a similar professional company.
    -management (aka non-union, professional employees) get treated like crap. About 75% of the company is unionized in non professional positions. Upper management only cares about appeasing the union, so any "employee engagement" initiatives are for CSRs, clerks, etc. The happiness of professional employees is completely ignored

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only way PG&E can truly change is to completely clean house...from executives to lower level management. This company is stuck in its ways and does not understand what significant change is. Any attempts at improvement are short-sighted and there is no true desire to change for the good of employees or customers...only for the bottom line or better media coverage. PG&E puts on a good face of pretending they care about customers, employees, the environment, but it doesn't take long to discover the truth about where its true intentions are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not risk-taking culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Pension if there long enough, flexible work schedules, childcare on site in SF, good volunteer/charity events and opportunities, training, tuition refund program

    Cons

    Paternalistic style of management, not risk takers, culture of fear to speak up, poor pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay and allow team to fail often and fail early to learn and grow without being punished

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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