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Helpful (1)

Exciting if you like to be part of a company that is turning things around

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Plenty of opportunities to change the current processes
Recognition for good work (if you make sure people know you're doing good work) through extra bonuses in your paycheck and fast promotion process
Some flexibility in the creativeness of your design (there's still an opportunity to improve here, but it is getting better every day)
Employee Engagement initiative is attempting to get employee's concerns heard to the upper management
Training opportunities are easily and painlessly approved (within reason of course!) Training budget is often underutilized.
Often get to go to events such as Oracle Open World
Many opportunities to exercise leadership skills even if you're not a supervisor (build lead on projects, etc)
Senior and Middle Management is approachable
Great location, right next to BART!

Cons

Very thin line between operations and development in my specific area. Programmers are on-call 24x7 whereas Operations only works from 8 AM to 8 PM and is not expected to recover jobs without the programmer's intervention (even for a simple failed file transfer due to network issues.) If it's a known issue and the recovery is documented, why get the programmer involved when he/she has a deadline on a project to meet?

Programmers who work on projects are then expected to maintain those programs after they go live instead of transitioning them to the support group as most IT shops do. Other parts of the IT organization have this balanced well but there is an opportunity to fix this issue for our specific reporting group.

Programmers tend to focus on their one area and refuse to let others learn their area as well. I think this is a holdover from the old culture before our most current re-org. It will remain a problem until people stop getting rewarded for knowing one, and only one, system.

Advice to Management

Work to remove the blurred lines between developers and operations. Leverage best practices that have been set by the industry and other IT organizations within the company to achieve this goal.

The attempts to make our company's processes simpler are working. Keep at it! There's still a lot to tackle.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Patience, patience, patience, patience, patience

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's meaningful, interesting work with good people. Easy to roll up your sleeves and contribute right away.

    Cons

    Chaotic environment. "Not enough resources" really means a lack of focus, priorities, and accountability. Environment is not very encouraging or creative.

    Advice to Management

    Set fewer #1 priorities, set a plan, and stick with the plan.

  2. Moving beyond old school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits: 401k matching of 75% for up to 6% of salary; great leadership and career growth opportunities

    Cons

    bureaucratic. lots of levels of management and slow to make decisions.

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