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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  • 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. "Senior Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for those who work hard and drive improvement

    Cons

    Sometimes it's difficult to get recognized or find a good manager


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Old company struggling to find a new identity in the 2000's"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Can't say much else. Feels like an old company just staying afloat.

    Cons

    Work culture is horrid. Different members of the company get rotational days off with no real reasoning and the new members are left to pick up the slack. Mentality of a government job, employees just riding out the few last years to retirement. Computer systems and applications are old and no real support to update them. Felt like there was a bunch of band aids and no real solutions to later come back as system issues. Not to mention all the contractor work that was being provided which is now ended. Meaning, a system that no one fully understands.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for your employees. Pay them for what they are worth. Actually provide developmental plans and road maps to success.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits with a multitude of areas to learn and grow."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PG&E is a leader in diversity and invests a lot in employees. Working here also means having pride in quality of work and providing a core service to our communities in CA.

    The benefits are exceptional.

    There are many different disciplines that allow you to explore different aspects of the business, and there is support for this cross-functional learning.

    Cons

    PG&E struggles with innovation while being geographically center to energy innovation.

    There are still pockets of old school, "boys club" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Give org structures, programs and initiatives time to get traction. Spend wisely. Be candid and transparent--call things what they really are. Give leaders room to lead, with strong business acumen and a focus on coaching and developing. Listen actively for feedback.


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  5. "recommend working for this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Generally benefits, 401 K plan,pension,salary, diversity

    Cons

    work life balance - this sometimes can be an issue
    generally behind on the technologies and methodologies


  6. "Principal, Energy Policy and Procurement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Interesting subject matter. Smart people.

    Cons

    Incredibly slow to make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Better empower staff to make decisions. Increase transparency and honesty in decision-making process.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Pacific Gas & Electric good but not great."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Product Specialist in Rocklin, CA
    Current Employee - IT Product Specialist in Rocklin, 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

    Large company with long history. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Not an IT minded company, lots of reorgs and constant duplication of work. Work life balance does not exist for many positions.


  8. "Best for Protected Union Workers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Daly City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Daly City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits; smart, dedicated people

    Cons

    Seemingly shot gun approach to long term strategy development; hindered by trying to be everything to everybody

    Advice to Management

    Use KPI's better to drive management decisions as well as risk based approach; hold officers and directors accountable for their budgets and deliverables


  9. "Planning Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, chance to work with technical experts within the company, CAISO reps and customers

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at senior management level


  10. "Sr. Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Quality hiring in recent times

    Cons

    Lack of upper management support for Programs & Organization management, Tend to get more work out of part time workers leading to erosion of institutional knowledge. Work life balance although a priority is not given emphasis. Constant restructuring and volatile upper management

    Advice to Management

    Transparent, Forward thinking and Quick decision making.


  11. "Individual contributor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Lots of bright people, nice location, fair 401K and pension benefits, generous PTO.

    Cons

    Too many unnecessary 'required' protocols and groups that work in silos that are involved in project implementations, which end up in higher project spend and longer development cycles. Slow to change.

    Advice to Management

    Shift gears and start moving away from 'this is how it is done here'.



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