Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
460 Reviews
3.5
460 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
183 Ratings

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.  

    Underwhelmed by management

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    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have good benefits, training opportunities, enjoyed working with my individual team.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management, Lack of decision making by leadership, lack of strategic direction. Annual performance review system needs a complete overhaul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great friendships with co-workers, poor work-life balance and constantly changing expectations.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Higher than normal salary for the area, good friendships have come out working here, ability to learn a great deal outside of your area of interest.

    Cons

    Very very poor work-life balance efforts on this company's behalf. Mothers and new fathers should steer clear of working here. Employees are expected to manage work loads that should be covered by several people. Inconsistent Management styles. Some are very approachable and some are very brutal. There's a big population of employees eligible for retirement and hardly anyone replacing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the ever-constant changing initiatives. Hire more people! Please stop over working your employees to save a few pennies! And please follow through with work life balance for families. You are loosing quality people by demanding too much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Admin. Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great Company! Great value and benefits

    Cons

    I can say anything wrong. Good to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for a bit to learn about energy industry

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Other great people who are trying to scale energy efficiency
    Biggest energy efficiency portfolio
    Great office location
    Good work/life balance
    Sit/stand desks

    Cons

    Regulated utility (and the regulators leave something to be desired)
    Great at acquiring good talent, but not so good at keeping it
    Meetings, meetings, meetings
    Email, email, email
    Mediocre middle management- they love to promote good individual contributors but not good leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the real leaders, not the ones who "manage up" but are really only good individual contributors
    Work on employee engagement and actually care about it
    Try to be more innovative or you might look back in a few years and find that disruptive technologies and nimble companies took your business while you were busy in a meeting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful work/life balance, and terrible middle and upper managers.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and a family (in that order) are keeping me from becoming a contractor somewhere else.

    Cons

    This is not true for all of PG&E, but in parts of IT, they treat their employees like second class citizens. In fact, it's better to be a contractor in my organization.

    Poor planning by managers are reflected in all of the last minute and end of year projects. Oct - Dec. has become the most unhappiest time of the year especially for employees who're forced to work OT w/o any addt'l compensation.

    And forget about complaining, if there's a 360 review process, it's trash. The supervisor/middle managers get to decide who can submit a review about them. HR is useless since they don't seem to have the power to reprimand, and forget upper management, they don't care since they were all consultants and career managers who're only interested in scoring quick wins on their quick ascension to the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is an advice to the CEO/CIO. If you're interested in improving the quality of your product offerings and contribute to happy/productive employees, do the following:

    1) please vet the candidates for the Director positions carefully. Ex consultants and career managers, do not make good managers. And how is it possible that someone gets to be promoted twice w/in less than a year and become a Senior Director. Good directors beget good managers/supervisors which would then beget satisfied and content employees.

    2) You should also hire Directors and VPs who're interested in staying w/ the company for over 5 years. W/in the last 4 years, I've seen several new Senior Directors/VPs who left to pursue even higher positions.

    3) To fix the issues w/ IT, you have to talk to the employees. Hiring a consulting group and then following their suggestions by hiring more contractors and consultants will never work. Our issues are self inflicted. The employees are not motivated and feel defeated because management all the way from the supervisor to the director level do not have their best interest in mind. For that matter, they don't have PG&E's best interest in mind either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits but slow growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    -PG&E is a very stable company to work for.
    -Great benefits such as 401k, pension, medical
    -Compensation is average
    -Great Location
    -Great retirement package

    Cons

    -This company is very slow moving, which means slow growth.
    -Very traditional
    -It takes forever to get anything done
    -Difficult to navigate through corporate ladder
    -great place to be if you want just a 9-5 job.

  8.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electric Business Support Specialist in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Electric Business Support Specialist in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and room for growth

    Cons

    Departmental Communications and Tenure Policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with the employees in the field,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fine place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Benefits are second to none in private employment
    Education benefits are great

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is insane
    Even though the company serves hundreds of mile in California the lack of distributed technology requires living in the bay area to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    True 360 degree reviews would illuminate many useless middle management employees, but the hierarchical bureaucracy is preventing that from happening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Learning Coordinator in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Learning Coordinator in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employees engage with each other. Busy work.

    Cons

    Personal politics bureaucracy. Interim management needs more training on personal personnel issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support for employees with invisible disabilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principal

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Tries to make good decisions to always do the right thing.

    Cons

    Benefits could be improved for employees, too much negative media exposure, poor employee performance rating system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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