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Helpful (3)

started out as a great experiencing but slowly decaying

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

Pros

Benefits include pension plan, but you must work here for 5 years first to be eligible. Salary seems decent.

Cons

Very old style thinking and slow to adapt and implement new processes and technologies; nepotism still exists here

Advice to Management

Way too many layers to get decision making done and unfortunately, big decisions aren't shared with everyone to contribute which leads to poor decision making; senior management should be more in tune with the day to day operations and tasks of their employees

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  1. Helpful (3)

    overall stable, but internal restructurings quite common

    • 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 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is large enough to allow employees to explore many departments in the energy space. Employees can spend their entire career with this one company.

    Cons

    As a government regulated company, with 100 year history and large in size, decision making can be sluggish and introductions of cutting-edge technologies especially for internal operations, takes more time that with companies in other industries.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

    • 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 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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