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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated December 13, 2018
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  • "Mandatory overtime results in poor work/life balance" (in 43 reviews)

  • "A lot of pressure from upper management regarding project deadlines"" (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Great work place, great people, excellent place to retire"

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    Current Employee - Gas Service Representative in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Gas Service Representative in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perfect job, great environment, nice people, community oriented, good benefits, can see myself not going anywhere and retiring from this career.

    Cons

    Hard to get into the company, but once your in, your in. Doesn’t really have any cons besides getting in


  2. "PG&E Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the last companies left to offer a pension

    Cons

    Very Corporate but some flexibility

  3. "Pretty Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are hard working, sincere and friendly.

    The hours are usually pretty reasonable—there is a decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    There is a little bit of tone deafness with management and a lack of ownership/accountability when things go wrong.
    There is also a lot of dead wood (people with seniority hanging on to their jobs and big salaries but no longer making much of s contribution)
    There is not much succession planning or knowledge management.

    Advice to Management

    Because of the clouds of bad news hanging over the company since 2010 (San Bruno, other explosions, wildfires), there is little appetite for being bold and proactive or even holding our ground on issues even when we’re right. Everyone is reactive and playing defense, afraid to be bold. Management wants to wait until the “clouds clear” before making important decisions or acting more assertively, but when the clouds finally do clear, it may be too late to save a dying company.


  4. "Senior Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Has strong position in the energy market. Employee knowledge

    Cons

    Leadership is stuck in the past. Lack of strategy and culture focus


  5. "Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Benefits. Perfect for retirement.
    - Somewhat flexible work schedule
    - A lot of nice people
    - Easy to move around to other opportunities.
    - You can literally never get let go unless there's some sort of lay off going on (which is rare). They will keep pawning non-performers to other groups hoping they will leave.
    - You can start your own company within PGE and sell your services back.

    Cons

    - A lot of deadwood in both management and union. And I mean a lot. There's reasons why things just cannot get done here.
    - Metrics and targets mean absolutely nothing just like any other corporate.
    - Too many managers (and specifically managers) that sit in meetings accomplishing nothing. Trying to get attention from their directors/VP half the time. It's incredibly embarrassing.
    - The union requires a rework. Way too many of these people abusing the system.
    - Spending millions of dollars on contracts that are not necessary, but this company just cannot hire the right people.
    - HR promotes primarily based on color and gender. But this is all corporate companies in California today.

    Honestly, a lot of stereotypical corporate traits.

    Advice to Management

    You guys should already know what's wrong. This company needs a leader from the tech industry. Not some fossils that have been around the business for years.


  6. "PG&E"

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    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to build networks, develop skill sets and advance in an energy career

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic, highly regulated environment

    Advice to Management

    Become more like a startup - take risks where appropriate! Embrace California's clean energy vision and lead it!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "PG&E IT Manager"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Consultant 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, CEO is amazing.

    Cons

    Slow at getting things done. Management keeps talking about Agile and Cloud, but challenging to get such things implemented at the company given the environment. Cybersecurity team is horrible. They put all kinds of gates to not get things done, as in they bring up all the reasons to not deploy applications on cloud, but never give solutions to actually mitigate the risk they bring up.

  8. "no clear direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    good work life balance here

    Cons

    no clear consistent policies and direction


  9. "Electrical Technician"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions. Friendly environment

    Cons

    None. I had a good time working there


  10. Helpful (1)

    "incompetency rules!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    if you have no special skills, talents, or education this is a company that can take you in and give you a good salary.

    Cons

    lots of incompetent low- and mid managers whose main job is passing the pressure down to their employees. Their only value-add is that they have been around for 10-15 years. you come across some managers in forecasting and data analytic jobs that don't even have technical background and these are the leaders who make decisions for the future of PG&E!

    Advice to Management

    Re-build your organizational structure to stop bleeding out your top performers. Get rid of your bad managers.