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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "Rapidly descending into madness"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Meaningful work. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Downsizing. Burn out. Clueless leadership. Too many leaders and not enough people doing actual work. demoralized staff in many departments. Energy is low.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together! Seriously! Stop lying to people about doing "less with less" when it is the same old doing "more with less." GET IT TOGETHER!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, hard place to earn a comfortable living."

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    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Equipment is well maintained. No expense is spared for safety.

    Cons

    Its too expensive to live in the Bay area and the traffic is getting worse. Affordability efforts have cheapened the look and feel of the operation.

    Advice to Management

    we can't do more with less

  3. ""Design-out" incompetent managers disguised as leaders. You will win new talent."

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Deep expertise within teams. It's not uncommon to meet people who have been there 20+ years. They have both the context and the know-how of why things are done the way they are.
    -Vast opportunities to move around and learn the entire business. Moving around departments is highly encouraged.
    -Benefits. PG&E is a natural monopoly and has the resources to be generous with their employees.
    -Incredible sense of teamwork. Not only within your team but across departments. There's an overwhelming sense that individual contributors help each other succeed.
    -Incredible sense of giving back to the community. Multiple opportunities to volunteer, fund raise and just provide help through community services. If you want a company that walks the talk about giving back, PG&E has your back and will support your cause.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership at the department level. Managers believe they're doing amazing work but are just riding the coattails of a natural monopoly. What do you do when you have no fear of losing to a competitor? What happens when there's little incentive to be creative? These individuals speak about "cutting edge" ideas and "new ways of thinking" but are fearful of actually letting go of the past.

    Advice to Management

    To the Senior Leadership: As you begin to implement the affordability initiative, take into account weeding out ingrained leadership who have been there 10+ years. There's a reason why young professionals AND external hires quickly leave; it's your managers at the department level who choke the life out of new hires.


  4. "Sr. Accounting Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and awesome coworkers

    Cons

    Lack of learning and career opportunities


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    "Horrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Operating Clerk in West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Operating Clerk in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits, pay, time off, holiday pay, sick leave

    Cons

    horrible leadership, they do not want you to succeed

    Advice to Management

    learn to help your employees instead of finding ways to fire them


  6. "Senior Technical Writer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work independently supporting a variety of experts in the utilities industry

    Cons

    Too much internal movement of employees (transfers, etc)

    Advice to Management

    Hire more qualified full-time employees and use contactors out of necessity only


  7. "Internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merced, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merced, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get to shadow multiple departments and go on ride alongs to see what their job actually consists of. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Low pay for internship and no benefits.

  8. "Steady state with growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, reasonable schedule, great health benefits.

    Cons

    Highly regulated and bureaucratic work environment. Organizations are in silo and progress and process improvement is slow going.


  9. "Document Processor"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, mostly in supporting paralegals than actual typing of documents.

    Cons

    Long periods of time of nothing to do.

    Advice to Management

    Have us take on more of what the secretaries are typing , preparing pleadings, and give to us. That's our job.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Review PG&E"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Nice downtown location
    Nice company vision, good culture
    Wonderful employees at Individual Contributer level

    Cons

    Bad management - focus up, not down
    Horrible review system (calibration)- all managers get in a room and either praise or criticize their employees without the employees present. Those unfortunate to be in the criticize category are shamed in front of all other managers and lose any opportunities while those praised are really due to subjectivity but in some cases are genuinely great employees.
    Managers are more than willing to throw their employees under the bus.
    They have a phony hiring system where most jobs are posted with an individual in mind but HR makes the hiring manager interview 3 candidates for HR auditing purposes so you go to an interview that is really a big waste of your time. They also have a poor recruiting organization that is not good at negotiation. I was a hiring manager so I am saying this from experience.
    Also, you tend to get locked in an organization or role without much opportunity to move around.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of management upper focus is too strong to offer any advice. They will continue to proceed with a culture of lip service to their employees while they continue to throw them under the bus. Ironically, I had a hard time leaving because I did really like the other my peers and my team of Ind Contributers, friendships I made and the benefits but Management made it really hard to continue there any longer.


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