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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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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. "project management Analyst"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - IT Project Coordinator
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Security is good but hard env. for smart people

    Cons

    low level learning and not many opportunities for young talents.

    Advice to Management

    give opportunities to young talents


  2. "Weird Company Culture"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Compliance Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Compliance Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and decent conversion opportunities.

    Cons

    Treated contractors like second-class citizens. The culture was a very typical union atmosphere. Nobody wanted to help outside of their narrow job description. Had frequent unpaid contractor furloughs. Very little transparency from management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your contractors better


  3. "Obsolete Behemoth trying to compete for agile talent"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor

    Pros

    Large corporation with lots of benefits & resources to compete for talent. Nice campuses in DT San Francisco, San Ramon & Concord

    Cons

    Risk averse culture stifles true innovation at a time when the entire utility industry faces real threats from an aging workforce, cybersecurity & aging infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    The world is changing faster than the utility industry. Find a way to match the speed of innovation of risk becoming irrelevant.


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  5. "Senior Estimator"

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    Current Employee - Senior Estimator
    Current Employee - Senior Estimator
    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

    Great pay for the lack of education you need to get this gig. Retirement is very competitive, medical, dental, opt.. Union is strong for the most part, could be improved but could be a lot worse.

    Cons

    They just hire one inexperienced supervisor after another. You get a strong sense that most people are just here for the pay, and there is very low job satisfaction. I definitely wouldn't tell someone to not take the job if they needed the money, but if you can do something else, DO IT! Go somewhere where you can take some pride in the work you do. You are just a number here.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to coaching little league you college football rejects! Ha! Hire competent people who know the job inside and out, and let them lead.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Respect the guys and gals in the blue trucks, but I wouldn't work there again"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great that Geisha Williams will become CEO in 2017. Some good leaders in the company and some innovation too. Most of the field-based employees are hard-working and really care about customers and the community.

    Cons

    Very political and toxic work environment the further you get away from the field. Speaking up in the corporate offices is not necessarily encouraged, especially if you work in the corporate office. Many leaders run their operations by using fear and intimidation as their management style. Promotions often occur by managing up and playing the political game. If you play it well, you'll do well. If you don't, you won't. A lot of employees are miserable at PG&E but won't leave /feel they can't leave because of the pension.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to field-based workers. Walk the talk. Pay attention to the departments that have high attrition rates and seek to understand why. Don't reward political game players. Learn from San Bruno and all the other mistakes the company has made.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "All signs point to NO."

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    -Stable. Good job security.
    -Work with alot of smart, intelligent and motivated people with alot of industry experience.
    -Opportunities to move around to different groups and try new roles. However don't expect to move up in pay scale as a result. It's usually lateral movement rather than upward.
    -Guaranteed salary increase every year, based on company and individual performance. Realistically around 2-4% range. Stellar employees can get more but they're big outliers
    -Pension Plan for those that want to stay long term.
    -Generous Health and Dental Plan.
    -Free Vision Plan.
    -Free Basic $10K Life Insurance Policy
    -401K Matching.
    -Ergonomics is very important here, they'll work with you get the appropriate setup.
    -Tuition/Training Reimbursement
    -Generous time off for expecting parents
    -Onsite daycare for newborns and toddlers, although space is very limited and there's a wait list.
    -Free car rental for those that require a vehicle to attend a business activity or training.

    Cons

    -Poor work/life balance. Working from home is frowned upon by most groups.
    -Excessive "mandatory" Meetings, always a shortage of conference rooms.
    -Very few opportunities to move up due to alot of lifers that have been at the company 20+ years.
    -Convoluted promotion practices. Those that are deserving aren't always pushed upward and it's not clear why.
    -Tons of politics and not enough people actually doing work.
    -Performance criteria caters to only one work style across your entire department regardless of your individual role, if you don't fit it you'll have a tough time moving up or getting raises even if you do stellar work.
    -Quick to hire from outside rather than promoting within.
    -Revolving door of leadership. Constantly changing managers/directors/executives that always want to flip things upside down and cause unnecessary work.
    -Minimal follow through from management or executives. They'll implement a change but won't stand behind it to follow it through completion. Many times things will get dropped due to lack of support/push or new management will come in that hates it.
    -Salary not comparable with other companies nor is it prorated to the bay area housing market.
    -Outdated building infrastructure in both the Beale and Market St. buildings. Some floors have never been renovated and in dire need of a makeover. The San Ramon office on the other hand is very nice and modern.
    -Outdated technology. I was using a 4 year old 15" Dell laptop with a 768P screen that weighed almost 6 pounds. The physical monitors that they gave me were equally as outdated.
    -WIFI is too secure and unstable. It creates a hassle for everyone especially those trying to work from home after hours or on weekends.
    -No car parking unless you're upper management or special case.
    -No company parties what so ever. The only company I have ever worked at where there were no holiday celebrations. If you have a nice VP who holds one, it's usually very basic (ham, bagels, coffee) and hush hush.

    Advice to Management

    Do something with those annual premier surveys, listen to your employees, and make real changes. They're losing alot of talent and will face huge challenges in next few years as more lifers begin to retire and there's no one to supplement their knowledge/experience.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Lack of clarity about our shared future"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company leadership has given it the college try to get out in front of announcing that Diablo Canyon Power Plant will not pursue relicensing.

    Cons

    Senior leaders have placed way too much emphasis on the impending excellence plan without providing anything besides a limited promise on compensation if you stay for defined periods of time. While the intent is appreciated (incent me to stay longer), there appears to be no intent on providing other incentives including employee development (described as a far off objective) and engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Include your supervisors and managers as players in leading this change. Up to now, I (a manager) have been relegated to getting my information along with the rest of the plant personnel.
    Provide a better game plan for the next 4-7 years, right now it feels like all I'm being asked is to push the "I Believe" button. That's not enough. Morale is starting to degrade.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Pseudo Government and the worst of it"

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits andeFairly easy work environment

    Cons

    No true drive for excellence and don't hold managers accountable (not that many could stand the heat of the real world


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Inconsistent"

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    Former Employee - PROGRAM DELIVERY LEADER in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - PROGRAM DELIVERY LEADER in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, philosophy/ company culture. Nice historic company, interesting line of business. Fair and equitable pay.

    Cons

    Extremely mid and upper management heavy. Too many layers of management. It would be ok if these people knew what they were doing. Calibration sessions for performance reviews are brutal with management gossiping and tearing apart those employees they don't like.

    Advice to Management

    Slice the management layer by 50% and make their success dependent on the success of their employees.


  11. Helpful (12)

    "Great place for baby boomers. But not for people who actually want job satisfaction."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Work life balance (people really don't work that hard there)
    - Stable (it's a monopoly). PG&E gets paid no matter what.
    - Great for baby boomers who like slow pace and have meetings to talk about the agenda for the next meetings. But if you are ambitious and actually want to work fast and get things done. This is not the place for you.

    Cons

    - Cheap company (laptops renew cycle is every FIVE years). Might as well give me a desktop. I haven't seen laptop this big and heavy since I don't know when. Is it even legal to have employees carry something this heavy and walk between floors?
    - Cheap company: office doesn't even offer plastic plates, forks and cups.
    - Cheap company: office settings look like something that you see from Mad Men
    - Manage to report: people really care about status reports, have multiple meetings to talk about the same status reports, than actually getting things done. It's all about reporting status to 'leadership'.

    Advice to Management

    Before getting hired I had this perception that it is a big dinosaur and bureaucratic company. It is even worse than I expected.



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