Pacific Gas and Electric

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California classic

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  • 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

Employees have a sense of mission, dedication to serving the customer base. The fundamentals of the company are solid and it obtains energy from hydro, coal, gas, and nuclear. Working toward integrating alternative energy sources.

Cons

Regulatory structure inhibits innovation, raises costs, but that is par for the course with regulated companies. Perhaps a bigger problem is that the company is too inbred at least in IT org. IT leadership has changed recently, but it remains to be seen if innovation follows. Change is slow and difficult for many to handle.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep working to integrate outside perspectives and experiences. Congrats on effective dealings with reg bodies.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very indifferent.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Decent pay, benefits.
    - Lots of churn, sometimes creates opportunities
    - Seems pretty fair in terms of HR practices, focus on diversity, ergonomics, safety.

    Cons

    - Feels bureacratic
    - Incompetence isn't punished
    - Lots of hierarchy, upper mgmt doesn't feel accessible
    - Lots of churn, can create continuity issues
    - Slow moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't exactly love the place but don't hate my life either. I think one of the few things that keeps people around is the decent benefits. Beyond that, I haven't met too many people who love their job. It's about 1/10 who seem content. Same advice for any big org. Cut the fat, push out weak managers and employees. Drive to root cause of issues, stop trying to get blanket policies to solve problems, only seems to paper over the problems. Etc etc. This is more of caution to prospective employees. It's stable. You probably won't find it very exciting, unless you're in a group that constantly reorgs and its probably the wrong kind of excitement but it pays the bills and seems like more than half of the people are planning on ending their career here for the pension so don't expect anyone to rock the boat in an innovative or exciting way. Can't blame em, its just human interest and the company is structured to be a very middle of the road comfortable way to retire. If you want to get rich, come back as a contractor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    The worst place I ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    None.
    The employee benefits are not even that good, stop lying to yourself. Please go work in another utility and see for yourself.

    Cons

    1. No equality in pay across different lines of business
    2. No equality in promotional opportunities
    3. Poor communication amongst all levels
    4. Bureaucracy makes it impossible to get things done
    5. Please stop with the "do more with less non-sense". The company is not efficient enough to do more with less. How about fire some of those useless directors, then we can actually have money to hire people that can actually do the work!
    6. The directors and above do not know what they are doing, please evaluate their competency and value to the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recent changes are not enough. The company needs to look at how, where, and when, the money is spent. If any senior executive is looking at this, please reduce the layers, why do we have VP, Sr. Dir, Dir, Sr. Mgr, Mgr, and Sup? Why is some line of business with more layer than others? What is the value of those directors that do not do anything but sit around? The best way to see who is adding value is to talk to the employees and ask them. If you ask genuinely, they will tell you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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