Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated September 4, 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. Working at PG&E

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst/Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst/Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) Friendly work environment and respect for individual.

    Cons

    1) Slow pace and lack of latest technology.

    Advice to Management

    1) Create program objectives at department levels that enable each employee to relate to quarterly goals.


  2. Helpful (1)

    It's Like Working for the State of California

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can't beat the salary and pension plan.

    Cons

    You have to wonder about management and their constant efforts of reorganization. I've been here for 30 years and have every configuration out there and somehow it always ends up looking the same.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganizing when there's a new sheriff in town. Take a look at what's been done in the past and make sure you're not reorganizing just to reorganize.


  3. Helpful (2)

    The company is worth to try out if live-work balance is important and you are not too ambitious.

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work-life balance is pretty good. It is pretty safe to make mistakes and not be accountable.

    Cons

    Results do not matter that much. It is difficult to change things. Resisting change is accepted as something that is part of the culture. The is important that there is no sense of disagreemt. This is more important than accomplishing something. Making mistakes is too easy.

    Advice to Management

    Pushing more for change but at the same time being very considered of the employees. That is where much of the success depends on. Otherwise paying millions to outside consulting firms will not be beneficial.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    PG&E a quite decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are nice and helpful, but most of all, respecting of one another. It's in the culture.

    Cons

    I work at the corp office in downtown SF. The location is great but the actual offices are gross. Cubes everywhere, drab coloring, no interior decor whatsoever. When you are trapped in a building for 10 hours a day you desire a bit more style.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the emphasis in renewables and toal energy reduction.


  6. PG&E for life?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Power Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Power Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, very good benefits, "graying' workforce, so many opportunities for career advancement for younger folks. It's a medium large company with many different facets, many opportunities to do different jobs and experience different parts of the business. Good training programs. Pay is above average, feel I am treated well as an employee.

    Cons

    Sometimes buracratic, innovation and new ideas are sometimes stifled by self interested management and "lifer" mentality of some employees.

    Advice to Management

    You need to remember that "Gas & Electric" are the two most important parts of our companies name. Focus on being the best at delivering our customers affordable, safe and reliable gas and electric service and we will be successful.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work, but need to understand there is some uncertainty and it tends to affect morale

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Clerk in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Clerk in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, stability. I absolutley love the "open door" policy of my supervisors and management, they tend to be very understanding and accomodating when I need to spend time at home with my children or when I have a family emergency. I had 3 family emergencies and I was allowed to take the appropriate time off without any grief. Also, because my position is non-union, I was allowed to take any vacation time I wanted or needed to, sometimes with just hours notice.

    Cons

    We have been going through "Transformation" for years now and it's NOT for the better; it seriously affects the morale of the workforce here and can be very discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication


  8. It might be Who you know and Not what you know!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Many Opportunities to move within different departments. Benefits are actually pretty good.

    Cons

    the politics, the attitudes of employees at the SFGO location, and the lack of minorities within senior management.

    Advice to Management

    To look within the company when looking to fill positions. There are ahrd working employees who ahve been loyal to PG&E for 5, 10, 15, 20+ years, and are over looked, because PG&E chooses to look outside first. That hurts morale. Employees need to know you believe in them too. They need to know that even if they may have been the source of some problems, that they are also the solutions to these same problems.


  9. Big and slow at times, but wants to make life good for employees.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Avila Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Avila Beach, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benifits, good pay, good people, trying hard on work-life issues. Not a lot of forced overtime for non-management and paid overtime is available. Big concentration of some of the smartest, dedicated people I have ever seen. Good solid place to work. Energy is a conservative industry and I nice place to be in hard times.

    Cons

    Big company, slow moving, some changes causing problems (SAP, "Transformation"). Union-Management interaction can slow progress, though they seem to try harder than most. Layoffs in some parts of the company. Cost is becoming more of an issue. Headcount is being "captured" by not replacing people who leave or retire. That makes more work for those who are left.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what is really going on at the ground level before making your decisions. Think long term, not 3 years until you move to your next job.


  10. Interesting work completely driven by government demands

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting work; looking out for ratepayers is rewarding

    Cons

    bureaucracy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a huge, old company- it is a mixture between the public and private sector

    Advice to Management

    Learn to empower staff more


  11. Great place to work with very competitive pay.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Local Support Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Local Support Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability and friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Too much office politics and too many complicated policies to get some simple things done.

    Advice to Management

    Make better decisions when it comes to hiring the right people for the right job. Hire people that are really qualify for the job, not just based on their interview skills.



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