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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. Helpful (4)

    "PG&E is changing, but not for the better....definitely not for their employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst/Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst/Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They used to be a great place to work at because of the benefits they offer, and they used to care about the well being of their employees. Even though salary is not the highest, employees were generally happy.

    Cons

    Things have really changed a lot in the last few years. They only care about how well the company is doing. The salary is still below industry average, and yet they are working their employees to death. There is a recent decision to move 400+ employees to San Ramon from San Francisco. This decision saves the company a lot of money at the employees' expense. Employees would have to spend a lot more money commuting, and the commute time increases from minutes to hours for most folks. People chose to work for PG&E partly because of the location. They love to work in SF. 99% of the folks impacted are very unhappy about the move, and the company simply does not care.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. You will be losing some of your best people, but apparently, that does not matter to you. Employees are a very important asset to the company!


  2. Helpful (4)

    "I heard PG&E was a good company to work, but it’s not what I experienced."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Analyst/Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Computer Analyst/Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Salary is not too bad.

    Cons

    -Many tasks, very few people, hard to find a balance of life.
    -Lack of QA resource and human resource for developing systems and way too many contractors.
    -Personnel coding skill goes downhill since most of the work is unique to vendor products. Not much of industry standard, and many systems are not up-to-date.
    -Most of the project was not build internally, many projects were vendor products which involved many customizations, creating complex internal integration problems.
    -Relocation reduces company real estate cost is a good thing, but commute expense shifted to employees. I have to travel 130 miles per a day instead of 16 miles roundtrip.
    -Relocation just happened few months ago, no negotiation on group selected. Simply announced and ready to go….whether you like it or not…stay or not.

    Advice to Management

    -Change is good. But relocation for people who have kids, travel with spouse or people who choose to work in PG&E because of the SF downtown attraction is a nightmare. Management should open the discussion with employees and let people who live in the new office area with first choice. This was not the case.

    -Huge number of Contractors in the company, this lead many project “Orphans” after delivery because the contractors moved on.

    -Project managers should never be contractors in my opinion because they don’t have the same vision and responsibility like an employee does, they tend to care about “quick fix” or “bandaging” problems instead of fixing the root case and careless about operation problems which took a great amount of time. These greatly reduce the quality of a product.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Reasonable Compensation / Heavy Politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked as a contract technical architect at PG&E for about 18 months. The pay was slightly above the norm for similar companies.

    Cons

    My experience working with teams in technology, other than my own team, were generally negative.

    There are three classes of technical people at PG&E:
    - Employees
    - Accenture
    - Contractors

    These classes of people have competing political agendas, sometimes vicious.

    The PG&E technology employees are generally competent, and are neutral about their company. While they are annoyed with the low pay, they’re not so bothered that they leave the company in droves. I met many people who had been with the company for 10+ years.

    Accenture is deeply imbedded within the management structure at PG&E, and so they have an intimate understanding of the project pipeline. Accenture has many hundreds of consultants at PG&E. They are generally a close-knit group and don’t fraternize much with the PG&E employees or other consultants outside the workplace.

    Finally there are the contract consultants; they could be from anywhere. This group is made up of all contractors who do not work for Accenture. These people are blown about by the winds of politics, and so they are the most paranoid of the three groups.

    Advice to Management

    Employees that I got to know well quietly joked that it was common knowledge, “Accenture was known for overstaffing and under delivering.” Something should be done about this.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be Great. Senior Management brought it down"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Your co-workers are very good. Committed and knowledgable

    Cons

    Senior Management is weak. Amazing level of turn-over and senior mgt level and poor strategic thinking and even poorer execution. Over reliance on consultants with little or no utility background.

    Advice to Management

    Leave


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Pay and benefits are the best reasons to work for PG&E"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prg Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Prg Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits package are excellent. Union jobs are somewhat protected from management. Too sad protection is needed at all.

    Cons

    HR is clueless, they do whatever management asks them to, never mind if it's the right thing to do or ethical. Too much of middle management is petty, vindicative, and ignorant. Plus they never investigate issues until they blow up in public.

    Advice to Management

    Dump HR - for all the value they add we might as well out source it.
    Compliance and Ethics are pounded into the employees 24/7, yet middle management just doesn't get it. They need to be told, act ethically or you're gone, and then follow up.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Nearly as bureaucratic as government employers"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability and job security. Regulated revenues isolate compnay frm shocks of a down economy

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Substantial micromanagement and top down command & control management.

    Advice to Management

    Hire, retain and promote professional employees from outside of heavily regulated industries to provide best-in-class knowledge


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Like Government Jobs - Hooray for Politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ISTS Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - ISTS Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at PG&E is lively where there's a lot of energy, teamwork is a big thing here. Working at headquarters is great. There's a lot of different opportunities available for you to grow. They pamper you with a lot of gifts and giveaways from time to time, if you're into that kind of stuff.

    Cons

    People can either love you or hate you. Either you fit in or you don't and if you don't, be careful. Politics is huge when I was working at PG&E. You either try to fancy your pants off to work well with people and have them like you, otherwise, you get treated very badly, in a legal way, with people all around.

    There's a lot of random gossip and talking that goes around. Seems like a lot of professionally skilled people, but an immature behavior or personalities that don't fit well for those who want to work hard and achieve for accelerated growth. If you are strictly a party goer person outside of work, you will feel fine working in this kind of atmosphere.

    It's very slow in terms of progress and development. Behind on technological growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared to play the game of politics day in and day out.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "To lead the Operation and Maintenance activity of the team. Delegate work and set prioirty."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operation Lead in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Operation Lead in San Ramon, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Very good benefits
    - Very big on safety
    - Get vested for pension in 5 years

    Cons

    - Very poor upper management
    - Very difficult to get promotion
    - Lot of bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    - To spend less amount on consulting companies to figure out companies problems and more on the employees.
    - Give promotion generously. Having a handful on expert in a company of 25000 does not seem right.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "incompetent and politically convoluted upper management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits
    It is easy to get flexible work hours, and to work some days from home
    friendly piers is easy to find in many organizations.

    Cons

    very poor upper management
    too much politics
    IT outsourcing in form of SAS is optional
    good work is not recognized and rewarded.
    tic-tac-toe PMP is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    if ordinary employee is frustrated with incompetent and politically convoluted upper management, how the sky rocketing project cost can by justified at all?


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Laid Off but Very Excited"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I think best reason to work for Pacific Gas and Electric is the benefit program. They offer the best health, dental, and vision insurances on the market today and it is free for an employees and nominal fee for the employee's spouse and family.

    Cons

    The downside to working for Pacific Gas and Electric is mainly the lack of time you have outside the office. The hours I worked at PG&E were almost equal to working at a Big 4 Accounting Firm (60 to 90 hours per week). Some department in accounting work hours that mirror hours worked at an investment banks (80 to 120 hours per week). I think it would be acceptable if the pay was as competitive to accounting firms and investment banks but the pay is not. In addition, I found that management attempts to improve the negative sentiment around the office but they are usually not successfully. Management spends allot time requesting information from employees on how to improve the environment; however, they never implement the changes requested by employees which causes an environment of very little innovation, no open forum with management, and many employees leaving company at the first opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to listen to the employees. The turnover at Pacific Gas and Electric is very high and to stop the mass exodus of talent and knowledge, management must begin to understand the motivation for the request employees make before they either ignore or decline the request on the spot.


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