Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great place to learn about the utility industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - PG&E is a leader in the utility industry and it likes to take on challenges brought on by 'competitors' in the energy industry. - There are many very intelligent and passionate people here. As someone who just started out in the energy industry, this is a great place to seek ideas and inspirations. - There are great employee groups that allow you to explore beyond your day-to-day function and learn about other parts of the company. - The lean-in spirit is well and alive at the company. Being a female employee, I was able to form great mentorship with great women leaders in the company.

    Cons

    - Talents are not uniformly distributed and certain departments have challenges maintaining talents - Finding a leader you can look up to and trust tend to be a challenge and the department's culture is very much dependent on the leaders.

    Advice to Management

    - If a department has high turn-over, it is time to listen to the year-end upward review of their team leads.


  2. Senior Sourcing Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are nice to work with, benefits are good and opportunities to learn about the energy industry.

    Cons

    PG&E is a large company that is very beaurocratic and antiquated. Computer IT systems are very behind the times and so work processes are challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees before implementing new initiatives. Seems like a very Top Down Management style with little understanding of what is happening on the group level.


  3. Gov't like

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits but...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Overall okay but room for improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Expert Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Expert Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For long term employees who have the defined pension there is a reason to stay. Majority of the people are just great and are committed to the overall company mission. Feel good coming to work for a place that delivers commodities that everyone uses and relies upon in their daily lives. Despite all the tragedy that has occurred the employees feel a sense of purpose and mission to get the job done right and safely.

    Cons

    Many of the younger people (under 30) who come through don't stick around because they can make more money and have all the perks that tech companies provide. There is also a real problem with being equitable with promotions as politics and favoritism gets in the way a lot. While things have changed and modernized a little bit recently, the company still has a very dated mindset about a lot of things. Less than competitive salaries and overall compensation package as compared to tech heavy Bay Area. Too many management layers create a sense of no one really knows who's running the ship and people with zero people skills keep getting put in leadership positions because of who they know. With the latest and greatest in looking at all the layers there looks to be a lack of advancement opportunities for those who want to manage people.

    Advice to Management

    Be more thoughtful and set realistic expectations of staff. Continually just having people be "average" no matter how steller they are doesn't motivate and is counterproductive. Also - get rid of so many layers. It's ridiculous and we are way too top heavy while those at the individual contributor level feel squeezed and not well compensated since there are so many big salaries at the top.


  7. Maintenance, valve mechanic.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Santa Maria, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay & benefits, great company & location.

    Cons

    No cons at all, there are not cons at all.

    Advice to Management

    They are great wit their employees.


  8. Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very interested in the growth and development of employees.

    Cons

    None yet. SO far I feel very supported.


  9. So-so. pay makes you compromise

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Energy Engineer in Auburn, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Energy Engineer in Auburn, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People say its a great company to work and "oh you're set for life". It was a stepping stone and they run their employees to the breaking point.

    Cons

    See above. I learn a lot, but the company is so big it cant transform at the rate that the CPUC wants it to and therefore is always getting its hand slapped.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Very good employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Expert Strategic Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Expert Strategic Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many bright and motivated employees who tend to stay long-term. Good senior management. Due to the older average age of the workforce, there will be strong opportunities for advancement for employees perceived to be competent and energetic.

    Cons

    Average pay is slightly less than companies of comparable size, but this is offset by very strong benefits package. Organizational structure tends to create a "silo" mentality. Regulatory environment can be difficult to navigate, and new rules are the result of regrettable actions by senior managers who have been forced out.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to subject matter expertise when hiring for managerial roles. The current mentality is to assume that most manager positions are "plug and play" with most people from top-tier MBA programs having equal potential. Managers who are put into new roles without a good understanding of with what their direct reports do tend to lower team morale.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Non Union Employment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Technology Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Business Technology Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    PG&E has great benefits, pay and many smart people. The company has many opportunities for growth and provides plenty of opportunities for training and education. They are really focused on safety of their customers and employees. They provide a great work environment in most of their offices.

    Cons

    Too big and way too political! The company is highly disorganized and has too many broken processes and procedures. Information Technology department is a train wreck and leadership in the lines of business are too empowered to make technology decisions that are not well thought through resulting in more broken processes and disconnected systems. The Unions are more worried about holding on to work than being productive, even if their people are not qualified to do the work. Offices are located in some of the most expensive parts of California so their pay is still not enough to live nearby which makes it difficult to have a work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Take to heart your “One PG&E” motto and develop a technology roadmap that embraces technology that best meets the needs of both Electric and Gas. Make sure leaders are not able to influence the decision with their preferences or past experiences. Ensure any and all technology solutions selected start with detailed requirements (developed by consultants and SME’s that have prior experience) and are properly put out to competitive bids to meet the business long term strategy. Specifically, engineering, GIS and mobile technology needs to be reviewed. Reorganize IT to be more effective. IT has too many silos and layers to be effective or efficient.



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