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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated February 17, 2018
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Pacific Gas and Electric CEO & President Geisha Williams
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  • work life balance/opportunity for advancement (in 133 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, positive culture (in 60 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance/opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    commute/not enough virtual work options


  2. "Director's Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Director's Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director's Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay, good training opportunities

    Cons

    Numerous reorgs, a lot of people movement from one dept. to another

  3. "This is not your father's utility company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company tries to do the right thing most of the time: good benefits, strong diversity and inclusion, help/care about customers, reasonably good pay.
    Company is huge and well-known which gives it advantages in the business world and as an employer.

    Cons

    Utility industry is undergoing massive change, and company is struggling to adjust, partly due to their own culture and partly because they're heavily regulated.
    Company is shrinking, so career options and growth are very limited.
    Company struggles with its reputation for both outside and self-inflicted reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Give up the old hierarchical way of doing things.
    Make bigger, better strides in technology, both for employees's use and for energy delivery.


  4. "Good and Bad (Like every large company)"

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is flexibility to change positions within the company

    Cons

    Typical big company politics;

    Advice to Management

    The reduction of benefits is affecting the ability to obtain talent.


  5. "Sr. Gas Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Low pressure, flexible working schedule and nice people

    Cons

    Low efficiency, bureaucracy, lack of career growth opportunities


  6. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    jobs with good pay and benefits

    Cons

    do not have any negative comments


  7. "Culture varies by department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    By and large the people are dedicated to providing an essential life service (gas and electricity) and care about their work.

    Cons

    Bloated bureaucracy and overly complex processes. The business is constantly trying to do too much at once.

    Advice to Management

    In the last 5 years, toxic politics have threatened to destroy the good parts of the culture and led otherwise good people to do awful things. "Speak up" is not working.

  8. "Good Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Concord, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and pretty secure so if you are comfortable staying in one place it works out especially if security is a priority

    Cons

    Not much mobility and the internal advancement protocols are difficult to negotiate so you tend to stay in your current position

    Advice to Management

    Look within


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good work experience-interesting projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work was interesting and IT teams are very hard working

    Cons

    Downsizing of staff means that the remaining employees have to pick up a lot of extra work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "PG&E has potential but leaders and middle management must get better at Change!"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and team oriented culture. Positive experience with the review process, despite some issues with inconsistent application amongst leaders.

    Cons

    Extremely hierarchical and leadership is slow to change. No vision and cohesive strategy. Extremely poor managing out of low/problematic staff, including leaders exhibiting extremely poor behaviors just being moved around, vs out.

    Advice to Management

    Corp comms messaging is thin; set higher standards for how leaders walk the talk when you ask folks to “speak up”.


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