Pacific Gas and Electric

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Big Quasi-Governmental Organizations are Big.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Excellent Benefits, Ability to advance, Career oriented.

Cons

Very slow moving, tons of bureaucracy, difficult to effect change from the bottom up.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Excitement and morale building efforts over very high level achievements are not effective for ground level workers. Additionally, quite a few of our efforts are very "one size fits all," including some educational efforts that are overkill for office based employees.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very indifferent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lost in a Sea of Management Demands

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Labor Relations and Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Labor Relations and Human Resources in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting; salaries are good for starers or those without a degree - not so good if you are already high in the pay scale and coming in; benefits are better than some private sector, pension plan. If you are focused - good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Managers and up are jumping around with demands out of fear - not a good mid-management set up. The demands shift all over the place and take up too much of the day. Generally weak middle management. Low-balling the salaries for new hires and managers. Hard to hear you came in at top step when you didn't. Work is too focused on meeting odd measures of productivity - all for the bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the metrics of bonus measurements - ie: injury reporting and numeric scales that only measure a small aspect of work that employees really have no control over. The daily work gets driven by these poor scales. Pay well from the start. Too insular and averse to new ideas.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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