Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
480 Reviews
3.5
480 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 48 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • A few permanent employees made complaints to Upper Management, but no action taken (in 24 reviews)

  • Depending on the organization and your title, there is little or no work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fascinating company and the world of energy is changing and advancing rapidly.

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good people
    Good work/life balance in some roles

    Cons

    Excessive politics
    Upward mobility is limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many employees are passionate about the company, but internal politics are tiresome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    IT Lead

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for:

    Cons

    Slow - stress - not so friendly

  3.  

    Decent place to work

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit, and a nice work life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes a controversial place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place To Work

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Plenty of work to keep you busy.

    Cons

    Highly regulated industry contributes to heavy bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company but depends on which dept. you work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, motivated co-workers who are truly committed to the customer.

    Cons

    Because it's a big company, things can be difficult to get done. Also, work life balance in certain departments can be very tough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Strange department needs sr. mgnt looks into

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great in PGE; work life balance is tremendous.

    Cons

    Lower mgnt gangs up ... don't listen to staff's inputs, instead, they cover each other's lackings. The dept manager did collect feed back from most staff about the incompentent supervisor, and the feedbacks are mostly negative....but he covers up and plans not reporting the negative feedback because he doesn't want to "rock the boat".

    The supervisor continues to be incompetent, harassing employees, taking employees credits, not defending employees for their work...not taking accountability, relying her buddy contractor to do the work for her, and constantly allowing losses of responsibilities to other dept, allowing middle mgnt to critique how less value added our org has been without aggressively proving that we are not and defending it.

    These lower mgnt are weak; they do not realize by not rocking the boat, they can loss staff, loss reputations, eventually they will loss their functions and their job. They care their yearly bonuses and raises at the sensitive performance review timing of the year. They grade pp intentionally based on their preferences and prefers pp who won't complain.

    This is the culture of pge and every dysfunctional company. That is why the company has to be fined. They'll keep doing it until someday the company exploded or bankrupted again. And these pp have no shame, as by then, all they do is blame the company and claim no responsibility to the failure.

    Pge is ridiculous to allow these pp to exist. These lower mgnt are greedy, manipulative, dysfunctional, and do not contribute much values to the culture that is needed by pge. Their salary combined are more than 300k and they are lower middle mgnt only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO level needs to have a special taskforce to look into these personnel issues - so that they can evaluate, trimming company's costs and increasing effectiveness to do some real clean up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Company

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Cares about its customers and employee. and good diversity at the company

    Cons

    Everything is steared well at the company. No regreats for being part of them for a 3 months

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Company that Continues to Improve

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

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

    Pros

    People who work there seem to be happy and loyal, many of the them being there for 25, 40 years. Company does try to improve with continuous improvement, process improvement, questioning current process to find ways to be better. Benefits are great, comparable to most large companies. There is always training available (computer, soft skills, etc.).

    Cons

    Depending on the department you work it, there can be work/life balance issues, but this is also an area that is being improved on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to do your employees' jobs and sit in their open space some of the time. The productive employees will welcome it, and the not-so-productive ones won't, so you might learn who's who.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, better pay than most places on the central coast

    Cons

    Tough to get in, might have to work outages (Nuclear) for a while off and on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A company going through rapid change

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    * great compensation, rewards and benefits; also promotes from within
    * talented and committed employees who care about public and employee safety

    Cons

    * workload can be overwhelming
    * pace of change is so rapid that it can be insane
    * lots of bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities to make quicker decisions and transition old timers to different roles if they are not willing to adapt to the rapid changes and shift in culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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