Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
425 Reviews
3.5
425 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
164 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 46 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 22 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 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    PG&E cares about their employees and offers many opportunities to grow and move. The office is clean and the pace is casual except during crunch time.

    Cons

    It's a staid company. Many older employees waiting to retire. I didn't find the culture too exciting. Some days dragged on for hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the employees and find out what would make PG&E a more exciting place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Still a great place

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great in certain roles and based on the manager a flex schedule is possible
    Salaries are competitive
    Great service territory with lots of opportunities to move throughout the company and hold different positions in ones career
    They offer a 75% match up to 8% of salary in 401k
    Still offer a cash balance pension to new employees. Not as lucrative as the past final pay pension but you're only going to get that with the thieving government

    Cons

    Lots of competition for promotions
    Company has had some major regulatory hurdles in the past 3 years
    The legislation is giving unfair advantages to the utilities natural competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight back against unnecessary intrusive regulation , let the public know that rates aren't being driven up by the company's management but by the utopian idiots at the CPUC and state Capitol

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    PG&E IT worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Systems Administrator in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - IT Systems Administrator in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    PG&E is a very stable, employee oriented company with deep roots in the community. The employees are very smart and hard-working. PG&E is one of the greenest electric utilities in America.

    Cons

    PG&E is under tremendous pressure to reduce costs due to competition from community choice aggregators and rooftop solar companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Internship experience for two summers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Gas Operations Intern in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Gas Operations Intern in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a company with a lot employees who are friendly and helpful. A lot smart and dedicated people who love their work.

    Cons

    When there is a lot of employees you need a good management so I think PG&E lacks efficient management. Always there is a new rule which is sometimes kind of confusing and hard for implementation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a good company overall but still needs more improvement on good management and they need a lot changes on keeping the old records to a digitized system for the employees to easily access them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay and discount on PGE bill

    Cons

    Leadership is not good. Needs change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs new blood, ran like the IRS

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer Intern Electric Ops Dept

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Engineer in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the office culture as an engineer intern. Employees there were really kind and nice, patient, and answered all my questions. There are great benefits for full time employees which do not apply for interns; however, 401k does.

    Cons

    There were times when I was doing work that was quite tedious but I think that is part of being an intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Discriminates against Disabled Combat Vets

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre Apprentice Lineman in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Pre Apprentice Lineman in Stockton, CA

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

    Pros

    I interviewed twice (a year apart) and got offered a pre-apprentice lineman job. I am overly qualified for this entry level position. NLC grad, Class A license, NCCCO fix sswing cab. Army combay Vet heavy equipment operator. Grounds an ibew 3 months experience doing cut and kick in the distribution portion for pge on their property.
    Was currently making the equivalent of 120k+ a year as a crane operator.s. Had some speeding tickets, and explained it was a tough adjustment coming back home from my tour over seas, which was gnarly.

    Cons

    They told me "You're just not looking as competitive". I saw 18-20 year old kids lacking all but NLC, barely any experience, and brown skin getting the job. Safety first. How about working with a Disabled combat Veteran first? How about giving me an opportunity that I had been working towards for over 3 years. I was working 60 hours a week and on my one day off I was driving 400+ miles to see my kids on Sunday, every Sunday. I don't enjoy being on the road like that it made me feel paranoid and vulnerable do to how routine it was, I was living in a rough part of Oakland and felt like i was being watched and followed. Got speeding tickets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After Denying a Disabled Combat Veteran an opportunity to work for your company. And work hard! I showed up to work contracting for you with poison oak and sweat hard making all the Lineman look lazy.. Email him back explaining a little better why you cannot hire him? I understand that your company is all about looking good to the public and turning a profit because it is an investor owned Utility. After writing detailed and very humble letters to the head representatives of multiple positions (officers) asking for an opportunity to come and sweep floors for 6 months before taking me into the apprenticeship, please return that persons email.

  9.  

    Beware of poor management

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

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

    Pros

    Pros - you can take advantage of training if you can get away from work. They have some tuition reimbursement, but only if the degree benefits PG&E

    Cons

    I worked in H/R. It was the worst working experience of my 30 year career. The management is fear-based and the Director isolates and manages up, so the uppers probably have non idea of what is happening. There is a lot of pressure to be in the top group to get a bonus, even if it involves taking down your co-workers. The managers are not very skilled, as they came up the ranks without any mentorship or leadership training. Last, I saw a lot of people "re-organized" out. This included the entire EEO investigation team. Manager-level electrical employees and others who just did not fit with a difficult Director in Electric Operations. Don't move your family to SF to take a management job. I left after a few years - worst experience - ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need outside management professionals and leadership courses that are proven and not built from within. There need to be some skip-level meetings and when no one will speak, that is a clue. You need to be more involved and less top-down dictatorship. Get rid of the safety discipline and metrics for the entire company. It doesn't work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Stability, good money, good benefits

    Cons

    high work loads, a bit of incompetence at the mid manager levels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working at the General Office there were plenty of opportunities to attend company events and get free food, tickets to events, etc.
    People in my department were professional and polite.
    Flexible hours for my position.

    Cons

    Many contractors were unable to continue in their positions due to budget constraints. There were always new people in and out.
    The office is very quiet and it is difficult to get to know others that work on the same floor as you if they are not in your department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the short term contract policy. It doesn't make sense to lose good workers because they need to take a 6 month break after working 18 months with the company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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