Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
445 Reviews
3.5
445 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
172 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people who love their Job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    PG&E offers the best pay hands down. The ambience at te company is really great and very team oriented. I've never felt more valued as an employee

    Cons

    there are some strange procedures on how one can move throughout the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it should be easier for an employee who is hired as a hiring Hall to move into a full time permanent position. Many times HH employees who are only just there for a little over a year and when they are dismissed the department they were apart of is left with a gap in resources that is sometimes not easily filled.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall best company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRM, Career in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CRM, Career in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Love the people! Feels like one big family! Very flexible with family needs. Great Benefits!

    Cons

    Salaries are restrictive, if you are hired at a lower pay then a coworker and end up preforming better there is the potential for years of raises before you make a comparable salary. They do not do a good job of giving raises to equalize coworkers based on skillset and actual performance. Favortism occurs like in any workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As mentioned salaries should better reflect actual performance and not be hung up on starting salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Changing company for the better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MBA Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - MBA Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most people really like working here and are excited to come to work and take a lot of pride in the company. I have never felt more supported and included as an intern and everyone really wanted me to succeed and meet new people within the company. They are looking to hire and bring in new people, lots of job and promotion prospects.

    Cons

    Still somewhat of an "old man" company but that is changing. It is more formal than many other companies in the bay area but it is also in a very different industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to attract the best and brightest small steps like continuing to improve the coffee shop (HUGE improvement this summer but needs more tables and feel less cold), maybe adding an outdoor areas and some updates. The building and office spaces still feel very 1970's and for new employees entering the workforce atmosphere and enjoying the space you work in is important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    P&E

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fleet Manager in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Fleet Manager in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, although they no longer have a traditional pension

    Cons

    Management. Too many chiefs not enough indians to really do the job. They rather have a great powerpoint on how to do something rather than doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more workers and less directors and VP's

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    The MBAs are paralyzing the company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    stable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources Professional

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    experience from San Ramon office to General Office - Electric Ops, incl. Energy Supply, Shared Svcs

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

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

    Pros

    First, context: I feel I have a unique perspective to share because I worked in Electric Ops, including Power Generation and Energy Procurement as well as Transmission & Distribution, and Shared Services. I also have had the opportunity to work at multiple locations, San Ramon office and the General Office (GO) in San Francisco. In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to attend meetings with EVP and C-level leadership on the 32nd floor. My opinion is that the feel of the company is very different based on location and organization. The atmosphere at satellite locations is less political and generally friendlier than the GO. Also, at a company of over 20,000 employees, each EVP/SVP org. is like its own company or fiefdom, so the experience in Gas is different from say, Customer Care.

    Pro's:
    + the company jet - open to employees traveling to company locations, going to the private hanger and bypassing the regular commercial airport stuff is heaven
    + you can get paid very well to do not much (to me, this is a con but I guess it depends on your point of view).
    + advancement opportunities. Let's say there are 30 VP's and they have 2 to 6 Senior Director reports who have multiple Director reports and so forth with Senior Managers, Managers, and possibly Supervisors. If you do the multiplication, there are quite a few middle management slots that pay pretty well. Maybe the odds aren't great based on total employee pool but a lot of moving up is tenure, which basically means being alive and sticking it out.
    + good benefits
    + don't have to worry about the company going under
    + work/life balance can greatly differ from group to group. for example, business finance is infamous for poor work/life balance. for the company overall, it's probably not that bad.

    Cons

    - Sense of hierarchy pervades everything: which meetings you can attend, being able to speak at a meeting, who you can email or call, it may factor into whether people will respond to your emails or calls, whether you need to ask permission to say something, and how people treat you. This probably stems from the old school culture and organizational fragmentation which leads to the fiefdoms. You could also label this bureaucracy.
    - You have to watch our for and mange your own personal development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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.  

    Poor Management - Little Work Life Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Expert in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Hey, it's a job. Benefits are great. Excellent training opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor management. Managers either lack the skills, or do not regularly communicate with their employees - without which they cannot support them in their goals. Work life balance is poor because either they have hired the wrong people in the wrong positions, or because of lack of hiring. It's a shame because there are smart people in some areas - and management gets in the way with their strategy of the month. The cost of living in many areas is counter productive. Regular homes are in the million dollar range, and housing availability is slim. So you either commute hours in traffic and face safety issues from accidents, or you live in a tiny apartment for nearly 3k per month. Not worth your life and health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet with your staff. Identify people who are motivated and support them or get out of their way. Be flexible - it's a large service territory and technologies can make work more efficient rather than wasting time or creating risky situations from everyone driving to and fro. If safety is an issue, walk the walk - the largest risk occurs when people are on the road longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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