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

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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 (2)

    IT services

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty laid back, people are helpful and genuinely interested in helping if someone has a question. A lot of them have incredible knowledge since they've been around from the days of the main frame and when systems were being built

    Cons

    Too much paper work, too many processes. It's also far too top heavy and too many people supervising and not enough people doing work. Also, there are a budget issue and some people in supervisory positions mainly because they have been there for a long time and not because of any actual skill set.

    Advice to Management

    Less paper work and more financial incentives are needed


  2. Helpful (2)

    Political and Demanding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people on my team are great to work with Great benefits--you pay only 7 percent of benefit costs and they have a pension

    Cons

    Not much recognition My department is not staffed to up with the work You make one mistake and you can never overcome it

    Advice to Management

    Open and honest communication is not valued Leaders need to do a better job of setting expectations and giving feedback


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