Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated August 25, 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 (2)

    IT Project Management uses anonymous survey results for performance reviews

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Large company with many departments to choose from. Culture varies widely between departments, so choose catefully. Pay and benefits are excellent, and opportunities abound.

    Cons

    Some departments, fortunately not all, but I T Project Management in particular, have completely incompetent, unaware and viciously destructive supervision. This results in very high turnover and many jobs opening up as new and long-term employees flee from career-wrecking policies like mindlessly using anonymous survey results for performance reviews. This anonymity promotes vicious passive-aggressive backstabbing instead of actually working together to resolve conflicts and help new employees learn their jobs. Frustrated supervisors and coworkers take out their rage anonymously and inarticulately in online surveys, and these rantings are mindlessly translated into destructive performance reviews by supervisors with no acknowledgement of the hard work and incredible patience required to learn the broken processes and overcome the other counterproductive obstacles management constantly throws at people trying to accomplish actual work on IT projects.

    Advice to Management

    Try to imagine how it feels to be constantly obstructed and told how you suck at your job, while you are trying hard to learn it. Then try to think why people are leaving your department as fast as they can find jobs in other departments, or even without finding another job first. Just being related to or in favor with the reigning nepotism family doesn't make you smarter or better at your job. It makes you part of the problem. Get help to develop some basic human empathy and consideration. Or stop pretendung to be a leader. Leaders have to have followers, and if you offer no respect or acknowledgement to others, you cannot lead them. Passing on the frustrated insults of others unfit to lead is not constructive. Look for something positive to acknowledge in those around you. It's not rocket science, it's a basic interpersonal skill. There are many such skills, and if you want to manage others, it's your job to develop them in yourself. Or leave, so someone with a shred of humanity can take your place and try to salvage this department. Yes, it is that bad. Really. Change is needed, but thoughtful change by people open and honest enough to explain and reason with workers, not the constant grinding mindless dictatorial change of late.


  2. Sr. Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great leadership, team work, great benefits

    Cons

    Can be very political and teams are resistant to changes.

    Advice to Management

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  3. Research Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people in a highly engaging field

    Cons

    Large companies can be bureaucratic


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  5. Salary v. life/work balance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are opportunities for growth and the salary ranges are very generous. The work is hard, the hours are long if you are dedicated.

    Cons

    Hard work and dedication is highly compensated, but at the end of the day, you are replaceable and easily forgotten. Hard work is expected, life/work balance is preached, however not practiced or encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Depending you who your manager is, certain behavior is treated differently. One manager may terminate and employee for a certain action, whereas is another manager is your friend, you can do anything, any time with no repercussions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior Business Analyst

    Former Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and relax environment.

    Cons

    Work environment differs in different department. Some are more cold and stressful - e.g. Business Finance.


  7. Great benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Finance Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Finance Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great and there is a lot of opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Constant change in the process


  8. pg&e

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Communications Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Data Communications Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with huge opportunities

    Cons

    Its union. Union worker tend not to work very fast. I like to give a 150% and get the job done. Then rest 150%.

    Advice to Management

    Keep uo the good work


  9. Helpful (1)

    Nice Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    medical and dental Benefits, pension 401K

    Cons

    Not Flexible, conservative, rules and regulations


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to build a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Apprentice Lineman in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Apprentice Lineman in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best training for Linemen in the industry Great pay and good benefits Lots of opportunities for overtime Safety is always first

    Cons

    Cliquish Concerned more with keeping up appearances with the public than finding reasonable solutions to problems High cost of living across much of their service territory GC employees contract not as good as Division counterparts

    Advice to Management

    Stick up for your workers. Don't pinch pennies to pad your pockets with end of year bonuses. Keep up the good work.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Great benefits but...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefit package is great but getting less so for new employees

    Cons

    Incompetent management in the IT department. No one trusts them. There's a reason the local support group just went union. Ask yourself what it takes for a notoriously libertarian group like IT to vote overwhelmingly to unionize.

    Advice to Management

    Let people succeed and grow in your organization. Stop picking a 'Golden Child" who can do no wrong until they screw up big enough to make you look bad, then throwing that one overboard and picking another.



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