Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great People, poor work/life balance

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Best job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equiptment Operator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Equiptment Operator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well good company to work for benefits are outstanding training programs are great it is a company well worth looking into

    Cons

    Not many problems with this company go to work do your job and go home happy they will help you out with anything

    Advice to Management

    Hire more labor for field workers


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Big enough that you can move within the company to learn and gain experience; good benefits package; competitive salary;

    Cons

    Slow in decision making sometimes; need to work with many business partners to accomplish goals; too many re-orgs; top heavy

    Advice to Management

    Turnover to management; high turnover in certain departments;


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Sr. IT Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Company needs some shaking up. There's a lot of who you know and less of whats right in some organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Re-org based on performance


  6. Project Management and Controls

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the largest utility companies in U.S. With lots of opportunities for talented employees to advance. Project Management and Controls is still in development stage and company is not using current tools to maximum capability. Lots of great people to learn from who are excited about their jobs. Company is very integral and each employee values safety and quality. overall compensation package is competitive, though some Union positions may be difficult.

    Cons

    Very difficult to navigate political culture and affect change in the organization. As an individual contributor, can be difficult to sell process improvement ideas and the technology is a bit outdated. However, company is leading in many ways compared to many other utility providers in the country. Seems a bit disconnected in other lines of business causing discontinuity and inefficiencies.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change, and seek best practice even outside the company to understand the powerful tools you have put in place. Perhaps a centralized committee would assist in gathering employee ideas and implementing them as a unified standard.


  7. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, and work/life balance. Easy to be a lifer here. Lots of nice people.

    Cons

    Union mind set, many employees just do enough to not get fired. Lots of red tape and slow to change b/c it's such a giant company.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the right people based on performance, not b/c union bids.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Program Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Alameda, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a big company with opportunities to move within the company. It has good benefits.

    Cons

    Being a large company it can be very impersonal on how it treats it employees.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Auburn, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Auburn, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company with great benefits. Real team oriented company.

    Cons

    like most companies, employees are overworked and departments are understaffed

    Advice to Management

    need to hire more internal people instead of contracting everything out


  10. Helpful (2)

    Worst Environment to work for

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


  11. IT business analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Individual Contributor in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - IT Individual Contributor in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can work hard and get some I repeat some opportunities. It is just an okay place to work

    Cons

    Management is not as educated as other ITgroups I was at. Supervisors and some "managers" are not required to have a college degree I have never heard of this in an IT shop. As a result, management is very weak



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