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"Great internship experience"

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Former Intern - Engineering Intern
Former Intern - Engineering Intern
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Got to experience doing real work and not some busy work made up for an intern.
Traveled fairly often to various project sites to ensure that the crew were getting the parts and equipment they needed to get the job done.
HR put on a couple of field trips and activities for inters that were fun too.

Cons

None that come to mind.... well some of the online safety training is quite lengthy and dry.

Advice to Management

Respect and take care of all employees - this was true in my department, but not all departments.

Other Employee Reviews for Pacific Gas and Electric

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Do not work for the Information Security department. Can't speak for other departments."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, worked with great, talented folks until I left.

    Cons

    Where do I begin. From late 2011 until somewhat recently, the Information Security department hemorrhaged employees. It started with a *mass* lay off in late 2011, and then attrition took over as dismal moral followed suit. One only needs to do a casual search on LinkedIn to see the exodus of folks from the organization since late 2011 with IT security credentials. The drama began when the old CIO left and a new CIO came in - with no energy sector experience. While seemingly ambitious and pleasant, she began to fire people almost as quickly as she started. Many people got laid off in the process, to include the CISO at the time. The CISO was replaced by an internal candidate who was also a seemingly pleasant guy, but would also have rally prep talks and then proceed to sign folks termination papers. While I no doubt believe he was following orders from above, he is every bit as responsible for the slow demise of the department.

    The feeling of mistrust is pervasive in much of IT and especially Information Security. It's disappointing because it didn't have to be that way. This is a symptom of the regressive steps taken to create a more "lean, agile" department. While this goal was and is worthwhile, core staff was alienated in the process of doing so that were with the department for a long time. As a company with a laundry list of information security concerns, this would seem rather counter productive.

    Bottom line: there have been a lot of job postings for PG&E this year, looking for "CISSPs" and that is because a ton of people left. If you want a stable job, if you want to be able to actually trust management, if you do not want to deal with corporate cuts, stay away from this organization.

    Advice to Management

    What has taken place over the past year would be fitting for an MBA program case study in how "not to eviscerate your IT security organization". While there were a lot of dinosaurs that found their way to the door, there were a lot of neat, innovative programs that were axed as well. Don't fool yourself thinking the right decisions were made because clearly you see an organization with the vast majority of people that were there a year ago - gone. And all that knowledge and talent with it.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A Company Under Seige"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked at PG&E during the Smart Meter, San Bruno, and Prop 46 debacles. Encountered a corporation that was hamstrung at the headquarters, but the employees in the field are some of the best and hardest working people I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Management restructures constantly. Company issues talking points then revises them weeks or months later, making representatives lose credibility. Pay and bonus structure is not that great, they only give substantial increases if you're about to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stop restructuring. Improve pay for frontline representatives. Argue against policies in Sacramento and San Francisco that hurt consumers.

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