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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Traditional and information flows from top down"

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

    Pros

    Most pros and cons depends on where you are and which organization you belong to...

    - Employee Resource Groups
    - decent benefits with pension, 3 week vacation to start, matching 401k, education tuition reimbursement
    - employees with great knowledge and had been with the company for a long time
    - scholarships and donations to nonprofits and company matches it
    - wellness center offers classes free to employees

    Cons

    - very traditional and relationship based; not what you know but who you know, which can impact your promotion/merit increase
    - Even if you do a great job but your direct supervisor is not a great advocate of you, mid-upper management won't know you/recognize your contributions
    - constantly being reorg with new leadership
    - work-life balance can be a challenge
    - currently low morale and low engagement as the message had been consistently about affordability and downsizing


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Leadership has created a toxic environment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, good benefits, and a good location in the city. Retirement benefits give people an incentive to stay a long time.

    Cons

    Lots of issues with the leadership team, and there is very little accountability. They claim to have a speak up culture, but issues are just swept under the rug. Opportunities for advancement are all about who you know. The environment that has been created is very political and toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to feedback and survey results. Also hire people in leadership positions that actually have experience instead of placing individuals with no experience in critical roles in the organization.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don't go there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Great location, right at downtown near BART and other restaurants.

    Cons

    The management is firing American workers and flying people from India to take their jobs. The worst part of it is that they have to train their replacements; otherwise, they have to walk out without a severance package. They are doing this in stages so it does not trigger the interest of the media. They call this action Reorganization in order to mask what they are really doing. If you want to play politics, they may let you stay there. However, if you're there just to do your job as a professional, good luck.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and recognize them for the job well done, especially those who take pride on the work they do. Remember the golden rule: do to others what you want to be done to you. Also, they way you treat others is the way you ought to be treated. The world goes around.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Only a fool would take a position here in the current climate"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, interesting work, and good people (that is changing)

    Cons

    Benefits are being "rearranged", work life balance is questionable and leadership in some departments are the result of cronyism not ability. There is a lot of talk about open and honest communication, but one is punished for doing so in may departments.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management appears to be beyond help at the moment and not open to advice.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "No work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Director's Assistant
    Former Employee - Director's Assistant
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very hard-working employees, great benefits, lots of opportunities for growth within the company.

    Cons

    No work-life balance and poor leadership. The Affordability measures and elimination of jobs impacted employees who were left with jobs, creating a low moral and poor work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Listen to your employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start a carrer, good benefits,

    Cons

    Truly shaneful beaucracy, heavy top down leadership, MANY incompetent middle managers, directors, and high level officers. Exxessive metrics that are essentially in-comprehensible. Very reactive to reliabilty problems AFTER major outage due to obsolete equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Think more of the employees who do the real work and improving service realibilty to customers, and stop promoting yourselves for execssvely high pay. .


  7. Helpful (5)

    ""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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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


  9. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  10. "Gas QC Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Top energy company in CA

    Cons

    Going through a freeze and people getting laid off


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