Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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  • 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. SPAGHETTI !

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    Former Freelancer - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Freelancer - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are wonderful. They hire awesome people but that doesnt mean they can all perform their jobs!

    Cons

    Massive Layoffs every 2 years

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team members


  2. Gov't like

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    Former Employee - Supervising Category Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Supervising Category Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is relatively stable employment and the work is not really very difficult. It's a "safe" place to work.

    Cons

    It's like I imagine working for the government, no challenge, no reward and none of your coworkers are going to try very hard. (Their all going to complain how difficult it is though).

    Advice to Management

    After so many starts and stops, stop fighting the break up and move on.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Great benefits but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefit package is great but getting less so for new employees

    Cons

    Incompetent management in the IT department. No one trusts them. There's a reason the local support group just went union. Ask yourself what it takes for a notoriously libertarian group like IT to vote overwhelmingly to unionize.

    Advice to Management

    Let people succeed and grow in your organization. Stop picking a 'Golden Child" who can do no wrong until they screw up big enough to make you look bad, then throwing that one overboard and picking another.


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  5. PG&E Doesn't Treat its Contract Recruiters Well!!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contract Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Contract Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay! Staff is humble! Great product offerings! People seem happy with their jobs and benefits!

    Cons

    Inadequate training and if one makes a human error during said training he or she is made to feel guilty. Very conservative office (245 Market Street) where one cannot talk about partner or family, one cannot express self. Some coworkers get to be loud on phone but if you are a contractor your told in a passive aggressive way your voice carries. You must set up your own voicemail which takes 2 weeks. You must ask for access for tools without being told where to ask for such. When shadowing a coworker you learn their style and if you emulate said style trainer and coworker style a conflict ensues and you are left feeling conflicted, confused, badly and the scapegoat (well so and so taught you wrong). You are made to feel different if you are not "full time" and often referred to as "she's just a contractor." They do not give you direct feedback so you have no idea if you are meeting performance goals. There is a lot of divisive gossip within the team of Recruiters. They are acronym heavy so when they do communicate this is the default speak leaving the contractor to get lost in the translation. They do not educate on the many lines of business they support expecting a contractor to understand what "land" for example, a term specific to a line of business within a utility company, means. Therefore their job descriptions are vague, unbalanced, inconsistent and overly rigid. They ask applicants to change their resumes, modify or rewrite them to meet what is known as "minimum requirements." It can feel uncomfortable and appear like the recruiting department is forcing a bias to be considered. Then if they pass on a modified resume it leaves the applicant feeling badly. They expect you to know 4 or 5 different systems to do a few steps to move an applicant through the arduous and stressful recruiting process. There are a few steps they could streamline. The role of a recruiter appears to be more of a glorified paper pusher who must be a compliant robot at all costs, devoid of any out of the box thinking. The recruiting managers look busy and appear to be running the show but the truth is they are more senior paper pusher, never at the decision making table but on the opposite end. Often times staff takes long lunches or spends a lot of time doing personal stuff on phone and computer yet complaining they are swamped. Of course these are my opinions and facts combined. Lastly, as an "at will" employer they can let you go at any time with no explanation. So a talented individual may not be a "style" fit and never know. In short an overly demanding culture where full time employees are set up for success and contractors are set up for failure without all tools and effective training.

    Advice to Management

    Let your line managers or directors be at the decision making table. Educate on PG&E acronyms. Do not allow management to treat contractors like 2nd class citizens.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great People, poor work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits Amazing coworkers Challenging work Focus on safety The great people I worked with were what kept me there so long. They're literally willing to do anything to help you.

    Cons

    Poor work / life balance, given the 24/7 nature of the business Sr. Leadership's actions within my LOB (Corporate Relations) don't always align with their words. Limited opportunities for advancement, unclear communication about what makes someone a good candidate for taking that next step. Communication within the department is generally lackluster, so you don't always know what's happening within other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people a bit more.


  7. In the Shared Services group

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    Former Contractor - Sourcing Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Sourcing Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Steady, mature company with established policies and procedures. Being quasi- government means they adhere under strict compliance and policy guidelines. Good for anyone looking for a nice, relaxing, steady long term career with no desired upward mobility.

    Cons

    Average employee age is on the higher side, making any quick changes difficult. Usually the whole office "works from home" on fridays.

    Advice to Management

    Try to identify true potential of your resources rather than going for stereotypes.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Worst Environment to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some benefits are great. Switching jobs between teams is good.

    Cons

    -Salary is LESS than what market offers. -Vendors bring in unhealthy environment for full time employees with zero support to existing employees. - Lay off expected every 3 to 5 yrs. - Senior Managers don't manage their budget properly , hence projects are done in tightly manner and most of the times given to vendors as they calculate employees being more expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring vendors to do everything, build your own teams and have proper collaboration of work duties between a contractor, a vendor and an employee.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Beware of manager

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    Former Employee - Clinical Services Program Manager in Discovery Bay, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Services Program Manager in Discovery Bay, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits highly competetive

    Cons

    Manager in this position (Integrated Disability Manager) is extremely incompetent and will set you up to fail.

    Advice to Management

    This position needs clearer definition, at the very least a job description with defined goals. Work with incumbents before you make employment decisions. No opportunity for input or development..


  10. Helpful (9)

    Expert Analyst

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    Former Employee - Expert Strategic Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Expert Strategic Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Higher than industry average base salary, pension (although severely dwarfed down in 2013), and a ridiculous amount of job security. You want a 9-5 job and don't mind doing the same thing everyday with a 2.5% increase per year with great benefits and pension but no promotions? Can you take BS reorgs every 7 months and be blamed for things that you didn't know you were responsible for? Then this place is for you.

    Cons

    As a disclaimer, I have consulted at Socal Edison, Sempra, and Salt River Project in Arizona before taking on an FTE role at PG&E. While all the investor owned utilities have their inherent flaws, PG&E's (As listed below) are greatly amplified. Another disclaimer - I was rated a high performer in my last review before leaving the company. My boss (now a valued friend) told me that I should leave if I wanted to advance my career. Most Orgs have terrible upper management that has no desire to change or genuinely pay the effort cost to get better. This attitude cascades throughout the businesses and translates to cutting corners, falsifying records, nepotism, and back-channeled agreements. This is a place that will only promote based on how much you can brown nose and say the "right" things. Actual performance is of little importance and the people that do advance are just skilled in passing on responsibilities to others. If you are thinking of employment here, only consider it if you are going to be a Director+ level and you are relatively settled with your career. There is absolutely no room for advancement in most business units and quite frankly if I had a kid of age, this is the absolute last place I would want him to start his career. There are "finance" people that don't know how to properly use a vlookup or create a pivot table for crying out loud. If you do happen to have talent and actual production skills, you will likely get fed up and find employment with someone else across the street (ie - JP Morgan, Salesforce, Twitter, McKesson, etc.) Business Units to avoid like the plague - Customer Care (#1 by a mile), Supply Chain, Gas Ops, and corporate relations (rootcause of San Bruno back-channeling charges). Electric Ops can be a mixed bag, but you will likely have to possess prior electric ops experience.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Unscrupulous

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has decent employee benefits, including a pension plan and excellent high employer matching contributions for 401K. Speaking about the executive branch and not the service branch, but I believe there are some similar threads running through there as well. If you are willing to do as you are told, not ask questions, and play ball with liars... you can work here for a long time.

    Cons

    I was expected to mislead my internal customers, allow false reporting through my leadership team to upper management, and stay quiet about shady accounting practices within the department. My direct managers had zero humanity and zero leadership skills. The department was run on fear of losing one's job and threats.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management as they do not care. The system of fear, intimidation, law-breaking, and falsification of documents appears to be a long-standing systemic practice, even a business model for this company.



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