Pacific Gas and Electric - Still one of the largest investor-owned electric and natual gas utilities but recent merger place it mid-pack not on top | Glassdoor
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"Still one of the largest investor-owned electric and natual gas utilities but recent merger place it mid-pack not on top"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Program Manager, Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Program Manager, Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Large organization with opportunities to move to different roles depending on qualifications and organizational needs.
Incentive-based compensation.
Retirement plan options effective 01/01/14.

Cons

Very uncertain regulatory environment.
Missed merger opportunities in the past; several other combined utilities in U.S. now larger.
Considerable rate pressures driven by need to upgrade infrastructure and meet regulatory mandates.

Advice to Management

Focus on Premier Survey Results improvement

Other Employee Reviews for Pacific Gas and Electric

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting if you like to be part of a company that is turning things around"

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

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to change the current processes
    Recognition for good work (if you make sure people know you're doing good work) through extra bonuses in your paycheck and fast promotion process
    Some flexibility in the creativeness of your design (there's still an opportunity to improve here, but it is getting better every day)
    Employee Engagement initiative is attempting to get employee's concerns heard to the upper management
    Training opportunities are easily and painlessly approved (within reason of course!) Training budget is often underutilized.
    Often get to go to events such as Oracle Open World
    Many opportunities to exercise leadership skills even if you're not a supervisor (build lead on projects, etc)
    Senior and Middle Management is approachable
    Great location, right next to BART!

    Cons

    Very thin line between operations and development in my specific area. Programmers are on-call 24x7 whereas Operations only works from 8 AM to 8 PM and is not expected to recover jobs without the programmer's intervention (even for a simple failed file transfer due to network issues.) If it's a known issue and the recovery is documented, why get the programmer involved when he/she has a deadline on a project to meet?

    Programmers who work on projects are then expected to maintain those programs after they go live instead of transitioning them to the support group as most IT shops do. Other parts of the IT organization have this balanced well but there is an opportunity to fix this issue for our specific reporting group.

    Programmers tend to focus on their one area and refuse to let others learn their area as well. I think this is a holdover from the old culture before our most current re-org. It will remain a problem until people stop getting rewarded for knowing one, and only one, system.

    Advice to Management

    Work to remove the blurred lines between developers and operations. Leverage best practices that have been set by the industry and other IT organizations within the company to achieve this goal.

    The attempts to make our company's processes simpler are working. Keep at it! There's still a lot to tackle.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "IT services"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty laid back, people are helpful and genuinely interested in helping if someone has a question. A lot of them have incredible knowledge since they've been around from the days of the main frame and when systems were being built

    Cons

    Too much paper work, too many processes. It's also far too top heavy and too many people supervising and not enough people doing work. Also, there are a budget issue and some people in supervisory positions mainly because they have been there for a long time and not because of any actual skill set.

    Advice to Management

    Less paper work and more financial incentives are needed


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