Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
410 Reviews
3.4
410 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
156 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 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Short stay, disappointed to be leaving

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - good pay+bonus
    - good benefits
    - interesting work
    - flexible work schedule
    - systems/application has direct impact on fellow employee safety and customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    - like any big organization
    - challenging time for the utility
    - some employees are not engaged (in plant retired) and working with them is difficult
    - still hanging on to "this is the way we have always done it"
    - not a lot of new development, buy mostly package solutions.
    - too much focus on "capital" projects and not enough investment in exploring alternatives to old problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to the new employees with experience in other organizations, its not enough to bring in a "new leader" and expect change throughout the organization
    - Make an effort to encourage and hang onto new employees, make sure they do not get discouraged too early and leave before they make a contribution.
    - Do an honest self assessment of the quality of your middle management, and clean the obvious dead wood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Human Resources Professional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They truly support career development and promote from within. They also provide ample funding for education. In addition, they provide excellent benefits.

    Cons

    HR was very disorganized. They are very good at identifying that they need to change, however, they are not to identify steps to bring about the change. Also, the older workforce is resistant to change. I also felt that management needed leadership development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify actionable steps to bring about change and see them through. Also, reach out to those in the lower rankings. Leadership has no idea regarding director performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The MBAs are paralyzing the company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, pension, good location, enthusiastic coworkers.

    Cons

    A whole group of people have little actual business understanding. They only know how to compare numbers and ask for variance explanations. The budget process is ridiculous. Strategic Business Management doesn't live in the real world. They need to go on rotation and understand how things really work. More and more meetings, more conference calls and getting less and less work done. Upper management screws ups and the employees end up paying the price trying to make people trust us and want to do business with us. No one can make a decision anymore. Layer upon layer of bureaucracy - manager sign off, director sign off, VP sign off, executive VP sign off ... Serious lack of trust in decision making. Too many people with MBA's run the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Does anyone do real work anymore? Less process, fewer sign offs. Let people use their minds and do their jobs. You don't realize how much time is spent reporting, on conference calls, checking and getting sign offs. Everyone is trying to add value. We could cut the workforce by 10% if someone looked closely at all the redundant non productive work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work in ca

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great place to work in ca.

    Cons

    Nothing to report no cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to report at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    stable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    stable and ok pay, work life balance is good

    Cons

    no technology and slow paced

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Do your homework before working for this Company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are some construction jobs and professional jobs within PG&E that are well paid with good benefits. It seems that there are long term employees in general that are loyal and stay long-term. Many in management have relatives they recommend for jobs at this company, so the environment seems "very connected."

    Sorry, but I would strongly suggest if considering employment here, check out the management if possible and see if there have been complaints - might be worth knowing.

    Cons

    From what I experienced as a new employee, it was poorly managed, unorganized, and had no established processes or training for newer employees. One-week-new hire- employees were training One-day-new-hire employees. Work was haphazardly put together in order to meet deadlines. This was confusing. When a new hire made an error, the Supervisor could be pretty vicious in return to the person. A few permanent employees made complaints to Upper Management, but no action taken. Unfortunately, problems continued. People wanted to leave. There was intolerance from supervisor towards employees with a disability! Racist remarks were made against a black-male contractor by another employee, supervisor did nothing about it! Sorry, but I can't give this company a good review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management needs to take employee complaints seriously. My advice to Management and the CEO, do not ignore employee complaints. If there is a problem brought before you, check it out thoroughly. Provide a safe "open door" to employees (both contracting and permanent) and allow them to talk about a problem without fear of losing their job. This would be a better solution than losing employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Electric Operations Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electric Operation  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Electric Operation in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities, company values, benefits, personal growth

    Cons

    office culture, culture, meetings, slow to implement new technology

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many Chief's not enough Indians

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great laid back atmosphere, Commitment to Community involvement, work life balance, career advancement promoted throughout the company, great people, benefits, and salaries.

    Cons

    Management does not take responsibility to make decisions… Lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an exit interview for employees who are leaving the company to learn why your top talented people are leaving.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Slow moving and old school culture but work/life balance is good

    • 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

    Work/Life Balance
    Exposure to utility business
    Good pension benefits - its the only place i know that offers a 401k match and a pension plan

    Cons

    Many people are not motivated to work. The only reason many seem to come to work is to pick up a pension eventually.
    Highly regulated by CPUC and other agencies
    Due to people being in their positions for years and years, it is not easy to get promoted. Though there are a lot of people retiring now.
    Lack of innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    a very good company with lots of benefits to employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrician Switchman  in  Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Electrician Switchman in Hayward, CA

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

    Pros

    a lot of work in the field is about safety of the employee and the public

    Cons

    if the employee is not focus on safety then training will prepare them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the employees are the heart and soul of the company, training lots of them should be given to employees everyday on their morning tailboard with a lot of emphasis on their safety and the publics concern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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