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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great company to work for with good work life balance (in 107 reviews)

  • First line supervisor in power generation Hydro - this job has Good pay and benefits especially for the areas that we get to work in (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance - this sometimes can be an issue (in 33 reviews)

  • A lot of pressure from upper management regarding project deadlines (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Need courage at the top"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, excellent company to work at. Solid work/life balance. Plenty of unique challenges. Tons of great people.

    Cons

    Slow, bureaucratic. Less innovative than it sees itself.

    Advice to Management

    Step up. Take some risks. Be bold. Saying as much doesn't make it so.


  2. "Good long term employment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Average IT salaries if working in Bay Area, career paths are clear, relatively stable employment, decent benefits, exposure to a very large technology portfolio.

    Cons

    Being a large regulated gas & electric utility, the work processes even within IT are extremely arduous. Utilities are fundamentally changing regarding business model with renewable energy and many changes are to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Much work remains to be done regarding slimming down the many, many, processes which are very inefficient and cause schedule and cost impacts for practically all projects.


  3. "PG&E"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business 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

    Good benefits, good people, good training.

    Cons

    Very big company, bureaucracy, poor middle management

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the employee review process


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  5. "Business Analyst, Expert"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Non-Employee Workforce Specialist in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Non-Employee Workforce Specialist in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and nice people,

    Cons

    Culture can be consensus oriented


  6. "Sr DBA"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, good compensation.

    Cons

    They are moving some work to offshore


  7. "Company that has lost sight of its purpose and vision as a Utility"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Dedicated employees and good benefits

    Cons

    Limited delegation of authority with a high level of micro management results in slow decision making; reporting to senior management is consuming too many valuable resources and time with little value add to the end customer

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to make decisions and remove unnecessary red tape; limit unecessary upward status reporting and refocus resources to take action to address issues instead of continuously generating presentations to discuss them


  8. "PG&E"

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    Current Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice people and great benefits

    Cons

    None really. Things could move a bit faster

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for your help


  9. "IT Rotational Program @ PG&E"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Rotational Development Program in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Rotational Development Program in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement, free SCPD classes at Stanford, good health insurance

    Cons

    Boring office. Will turn you into a cube rat. Go to the gym or you'll get out of shape.


  10. "Resistant to change"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Compliance Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Compliance Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of opportunity to explore your interests and diversify skill set.

    Cons

    Performance management creates a me vs them environment where people compete instead of collaborate for individual financial gains.

    Advice to Management

    Consider incentives for team and individual accomplishments to drive cohesive efforts.


  11. "A Company Still Offers Pension"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are fewer and fewer companies that still offer a pension plan. In this company, the employees get both pension and 401k.
    Being one of the largest companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, it has many career paths available to enrich and broaden your interests.

    Cons

    A lot of jobs are located in downtown San Francisco. For people living in East Bay, peninsula, South Bay, the commute could be rough. BART is getting really crowded.
    Sometimes, it is hard to break into a new department.



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