Pacific Gas and Electric

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PG&E is a really good company to work for

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Current Employee - Senior Engineering Estimator in Bakersfield, CA
Current Employee - Senior Engineering Estimator in Bakersfield, CA

I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

Pros

Pay and benefits are good

Cons

Too many Sr Managers, Directors, VPs etc... e.g. too much bureaucracy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't just listen to the employees, engage them.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Value creativity & quality in marketing materials ? Steer clear. Technology? Ancient. Care for customers? Genuine.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Person in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Person in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    -Benefits are great, but pay is only mid-range for San Francisco.
    -Employees really do give a sh*t about customers, eco-friendly improvements, and community issues. I was very surprised to find out that it's totally genuine. They volunteer in good times and band, they donate lots of money and vacation hours when things like San Bruno and Japan's earthquake/tsunami happen.
    -Very kind, friendly people work at PG&E. They go out of their way to help you and make you feel welcome.
    -They drill safety into your head till you wanna hurl. But it works.

    Cons

    -If you come from an agency environment or a hip, creative client-side marketing department, be prepared to come to a full stop. They have good intentions, but there is no infrastructure or process in place to make creative work happen. The design and quality level is atrocious. So many typos, errors and other embarrassments are standard fare in PG&E marketing materials. The only exceptions are the pieces designed by outside agencies. And the project load is too high to actually slow down and address the problem.
    -Also, if you come those hipper, more forward thinking environments, PG&E will seem like a very square, bland, suburban landscape. Get ready to turn your internal filter to the highest setting.
    -Things move at a glacial pace. It is crazy making.
    -Everything you take for granted as normal, standard technology is lacking at PG&E. So basic things take sooooo much longer than they should, and you deal with tech issues constantly. So Painful. It like reliving 1995 over and over again.
    -Our office decoration seems designed to drain all hope and life from our souls. Grey, drab, depressing, with artwork from 10-15 years ago. Uuggghhh.
    -Prepare to spend 1/8 of your work time on required training. Whatever you did at your previous jobs... multiply it by 10 and you might begin to grasp how much you deal with here. Mind boggling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Get proper designers/proofreaders working on collateral.
    -Refuse to accept mediocre design/copy, improve your creative dev/production process to reflect the current era.
    -Stop acting like you won't accept mediocrity when you are ensuring it at every turn by tying your employees hands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Too many cooks, not enough servers...and definitely no teamwork

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    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    + If you love big corporations and want to strengthen your resume, this is your kind of place
    + Can learn a lot about doing nothing and get paid for it
    + Everyone heads for the elevators at 12 noon and 5 pm - and these were the non-union employees

    Cons

    - Teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation is lacking and bordering on non-existent
    - Corporate behemoth bottlenecks and processes ensures many projects never get finished
    - Way too many 'lifers' that are still on a free ride and have no shame in gaming the system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not about you, it's not about your egos, it's not about your shareholders, and it's not about your bottom line. If you took the time and exchanged some honest dialogue with your employees - to listen to what they have to say, even if you have to go out of your way to appreciate and thank them for jobs well done (I know for most management folk that's just way too below their standards) you possibly could get more out of their performances and, oh wow, you might even garner some, dare I type...RESPECT from those that continually bust their butts to make sure your team's goals are met so you can receive your cushy bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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