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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  • work life balance - this sometimes can be an issue (in 34 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Company, cares about its employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity. Treast employees very good. Good benefits. Has a good safety program and spends money on it.

    Cons

    High stress. Long hours. Always on call. 24 hour company. Sometimes we try to rush to meet deadlines, even though we are not ready.

    Advice to Management

    Make everyone accountable for their actions


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I personally love working at Pacific Gas and Electric"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons to work at Pacific Gas and Electric are, what i would consider, the most important things while looking for a job.

    The starting compensation is very competitve, the benifits package is very nice, 401k matching is available and eventhough it isnt the highest matching i have seen there is also a pension. Tuition refunds are available as well as many other little perks.

    The work/Life balance is among the best, with the flexible 9-80s schedule, every other week is a four day week which is a beautiful thing and allows for a much more manageable home life.

    Cons

    Well most of the downsides i can list, i havent really seen, but i have heard through heresay. So I will mention those.

    People who have been in the company formany years have said that their salaries have not continued to stay competitive over the years, I have yet to find this true but that is due to my relatively short amount of time at the company.

    The only other negative thing i can think about the company is union involvement, namely ESC.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management could address the fact that the staff (in engineering, but also in other fields) is mainly composed of baby boomers and green 22 year olds. As of yet they have brought up this issue, but have not proposed a time table for knowledge transfer sessions or more appropriate training.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent benefits. Good pay."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, good pay, stability, lots of opportunities for inside transfer. RDO is a real plus. Some teams are very good to work on. Exciting projects. Company is very focused on your safety, it is actually a high priority and you are encouraged to get as much safety training as possible. Stable company with good underlying business plan. You can telecommute pretty often. You get a bunch of sick time, so much so, thats it nearly impossible to use it all.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, outdated technology, silos exist in some spots. Can be highly political at times and you need to steer clear of that. Some outdated technology exists and that can be a real pain. Alot of sites that you may need to travel to, some groups very difficult to interface with. Vacation time is accrued as you go, not in one lump sum. It is only 10 days. Number of paid holidays could be higher.

    Advice to Management

    Track closer to corporate goals. Talk alot, but real action is slow in coming.


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  5. "It could have been better if I had continued working after 10+ yrs. w/company instead of quitting & starting over again."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    PG&E has great benefits and retirement package and severance package if you were one of the unfortunate to be laid-off, as I was.

    Cons

    They seem to have lay-offs when you least expect it and on an ongoing basis. To trransfer seem a lot to be based on who you know and not what you know I notice.

    Advice to Management

    Not only should they seem to notice the bad in an employee and be critical in what needs to be improved, they should make more apparent to those that do well or above expectations and compliment more, as well.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing company to work for!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Testing Administrator in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Testing Administrator in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, and independent working.

    Cons

    Long hours, and miss communication within HR makes job a bit confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Update procedures constantly and always look for better, faster, more efficient ways to perform certain tasks.


  7. "Great company to work for, great benefits and wonderful pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities to grow within the company. The company also treats their employees with respect.

    Cons

    Depending on the position, it may take longer to advance. Parking can be difficult at times.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Stop all your complaining and be happy you got a job! Could be without."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director's Assistant in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Director's Assistant in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Flexiable schedule, no watch dog mentality. Friendly Co-Workers, Modern technology and very reflective of diversity of people working in company.

    Cons

    Buercracey upper management. Too many business process loop holes. Too many middle people who don't know their job descpription. Too many Contract Employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your department before you ask us to ask you questions that you can't answer!


  9. "Fast tracked up the career ladder"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive of younger employees. Lots of opportunities for growth and support for additional education. Although there was a distinct structure to the company, most people had an open door policy and you could get time when you needed it.

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful environment. We had a lot of responsibilities and there was little room for mistakes when you have the eyes of management, customers, protestors and the utility commission on you at all times.


  10. "Excellent,driven company."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrician in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Electrician 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

    Professionals from top to bottom

    Cons

    No cons at this company


  11. "Customer Service Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful Company to work for.

    Cons

    No negative comments about the company

    Advice to Management

    Learn the Star Model


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