Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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Pros
  • work/life balance can greatly differ from group to group (in 48 reviews)

  • the pay and benefits are excellent (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • It's hard to get your job done if you're constantly trying to prove your worth to upper management (in 24 reviews)

  • Difficult to have a work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Very good employer

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many bright and motivated employees who tend to stay long-term. Good senior management. Due to the older average age of the workforce, there will be strong opportunities for advancement for employees perceived to be competent and energetic.

    Cons

    Average pay is slightly less than companies of comparable size, but this is offset by very strong benefits package. Organizational structure tends to create a "silo" mentality. Regulatory environment can be difficult to navigate, and new rules are the result of regrettable actions by senior managers who have been forced out.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to subject matter expertise when hiring for managerial roles. The current mentality is to assume that most manager positions are "plug and play" with most people from top-tier MBA programs having equal potential. Managers who are put into new roles without a good understanding of with what their direct reports do tend to lower team morale.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Best job

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Pays well good company to work for benefits are outstanding training programs are great it is a company well worth looking into

    Cons

    Not many problems with this company go to work do your job and go home happy they will help you out with anything

    Advice to Management

    Hire more labor for field workers


  3. Project Management and Controls

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

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

    Pros

    One of the largest utility companies in U.S. With lots of opportunities for talented employees to advance. Project Management and Controls is still in development stage and company is not using current tools to maximum capability. Lots of great people to learn from who are excited about their jobs. Company is very integral and each employee values safety and quality. overall compensation package is competitive, though some Union positions may be difficult.

    Cons

    Very difficult to navigate political culture and affect change in the organization. As an individual contributor, can be difficult to sell process improvement ideas and the technology is a bit outdated. However, company is leading in many ways compared to many other utility providers in the country. Seems a bit disconnected in other lines of business causing discontinuity and inefficiencies.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change, and seek best practice even outside the company to understand the powerful tools you have put in place. Perhaps a centralized committee would assist in gathering employee ideas and implementing them as a unified standard.


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  5. Good place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, and work/life balance. Easy to be a lifer here. Lots of nice people.

    Cons

    Union mind set, many employees just do enough to not get fired. Lots of red tape and slow to change b/c it's such a giant company.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the right people based on performance, not b/c union bids.


  6. Good Company

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Big enough that you can move within the company to learn and gain experience; good benefits package; competitive salary;

    Cons

    Slow in decision making sometimes; need to work with many business partners to accomplish goals; too many re-orgs; top heavy

    Advice to Management

    Turnover to management; high turnover in certain departments;


  7. Helpful (2)

    Sr. IT Project Manager

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Company needs some shaking up. There's a lot of who you know and less of whats right in some organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Re-org based on performance


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Auburn, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Auburn, 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

    great company with great benefits. Real team oriented company.

    Cons

    like most companies, employees are overworked and departments are understaffed

    Advice to Management

    need to hire more internal people instead of contracting everything out


  9. Nuclear Security

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Avila Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in Avila Beach, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company to work. Focus on work/life balance, excellent pay and benefits, and great people to work it.

    Cons

    Long hours with slow advancement in that field.


  10. great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    great place to work at

    Cons

    cant think of anything to complain

    Advice to Management

    better pay would be good with the hard work being done


  11. Advancement

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Pension plan still available Compensations are comparable to others in the bay area For engineers it's better off to be in the union

    Cons

    Do not know how to utilize talent from within. It's better off to quit for a few years and come back to advance further very political



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