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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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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. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant/Contractor Enterprise Change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Change Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Change Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This review is based upon my 1 1/2 years experience as a contractor in Enterprise Change (Joe Raftner's group). Pros/Cons will overlap.

    Pro #1 - $92.00/hour
    Pro # 2 - The facilities are great. Downtown has a captured deli, free gym with classes available to contractors. Free parking in the garage with prior arrangements. San Ramon Conference Center and Bishop Ranch facilities are beautiful and there is always free food!
    Pro # 3 Perfect place for people who operate best in environments where they can just do what they're told and go home. Many, many lifers. Those looking for a workplace that is like a second family will love it here.
    Pro #4 Projects that fall within certain budget criteria are required to have a Change Lead assigned. This is the reason for the ridiculously large amount of overpaid Change Contractors at PG&E. This makes it a great place to coast because very few people actually understand what you're supposed to be doing. but don't expect to learn anything.

    Cons

    Enterprise Change has very little respect within the organization, and I suspect it will soon be buried in the very crowded PG&E graveyard of good, but poorly executed, intentions.

    Except for one person, all of Joe's direct reports (Change Partners) are either executives from other industries, or retired military officers who are lovely but have zero corporate or change experience.

    So, unless you're a Change Lead on one of 3-4 critical projects (Superfit, Ecap), you will be completely on your own. This is great if your project team/sponsor understands change, but if they don't and can make a case against enterprise change/Joe (I.e scope, schedule, budget), your contract will end with zero notice. Don't worry because another agency will pick you back up and you'll be on another project in no time.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable, figure out a way to get rid of incompetent people versus moving them around. Stop trying to be something other than a utility company. PG&E is an amazingly frustrating place for those who have worked in other industries, companies, realities.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great if you're looking for somewhere to retire"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great work-life balance. low stress for folks who are looking for job security. pace is very manageable.

    Cons

    company has a terrible reputation in the community. management does not take action when it comes to eliminating deadweight

    Advice to Management

    work on branding and providing services to the community to offset negative reputation


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of on-the-job training and mismanagement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Expert Business Systems Specialist in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Expert Business Systems Specialist in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is excellent. Union employees get fair compensation. I am non-union.

    Cons

    This is the first company (as a seasoned professional) I've ever worked at where I am underutilized and undervalued. Tax liabilities for relocation package are steep. IT is a jumbled mess of incompetent management, yet instead of providing a service, they actually dictate the business despite not understanding the business needs. Every department is siloed, so there is a lot of repetition and waste. What I find incredulous is 90% of the time, the bad, expensive idea wins over the economic, inexpensive one.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to recognize that proper training in a job is more important than technology. Older staff knowledge is being lost when new technology with no guidance is being put in as the replacement
    Management pays more attention to consultants that have ulterior motives than staff who are actually knowledgeable of the field (years of experience outside of PG&E), and could provide decision assistance.
    Centralizing San Ramon has created a talent vacuum due to the cost of living and horrific commute.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate Relations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Relations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Relations in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location and easy to get to from many parts of the Bay Area. Nice people for the most part.

    Cons

    There has got to be a labor relations issue here, given the fact that no one tells you there is a mandatory on-call schedule until AFTER you come on board. This cannot be legal and interferes with personal lives, especially for employees with children, who do not have the luxury of working a "mandatory" weekend shift when the company deems it necessary.

    Advice to Management

    First of all, tell prospective employees about this added "mandatory" responsibility during the recruitment phase, not after they are hired. Secondly, do not make it mandatory because it cannot be legal - allow people to volunteer and be compensated for their extra time. They could also offer extra days off to compensate for any weekend hours that folks sacrifice away from their families, children and personal obligations.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic salary and benefits. Amazing team of people, particularly in the field. Opportunity to move to different departments.

    Cons

    Negative culture. Very political in select department. Disjointed leadership at the vice president level.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "You had better be in the fraternity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT/Infrastructure Project Manager in Roseville, CA
    Former Contractor - IT/Infrastructure Project Manager in Roseville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's easy to stand out because the perm. employees are all lazy.

    Cons

    If you can't get an invite to the "Fraternity" then you will always be an outsider. Don't perform at your best or the perm. employees will see you as a threat to their cushy jobs and you will be gone.

    Advice to Management

    Start Managing


  8. Helpful (7)

    "The more things change, the more they stay the same"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great benefits, although that's changing (no more pension annunity but lump sum, increasing health care deductables)
    - high pay vs. other companies for similar positions
    - people are generally friendly and easy to work with at the IC level
    - good work-life balance depending on group
    - lots of opportunities to change jobs if desired
    - emphasis on safety culture, both in and out of office

    Cons

    - org changes every 1-2 years seem random
    - processes are out of control
    - very hierarchical org structure and nothing gets done without 3 approvals
    - lots of wasted effort
    - many people too financially vested to leave, lost interest in work years ago and wouldn't make it elsewhere
    - it's not what you know but who you know that gets you ahead
    - good new talent will leave quickly and you'll be left working with nice but clueless people
    - management has no time for you except when something goes wrong and blames you

    Advice to Management

    Take some risks and get some people in senior leadership that come from transfomational backgrounds, not people who did the same thing at other companies. If you really want change, the culture must change. If you really just want to minimize costs and avoid regulatory scrutiny, then just say so and don't mislead employees.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Department in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Department in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Middle management and supervisors are terrible communicators. Back stabbers to some.

    Advice to Management

    Take management training skills. People just default to those levels. Terrible.


  10. "star"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They take pretty good care of their employees.

    Cons

    The system is very archaic and slow to adapt.. frustrating because management pretends to listen but things hardly every change.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to change and do different interviews besides the stupid STAR questions..


  11. Helpful (4)

    "lineman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Power Lineman in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Power Lineman in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    pension, paid holidays, paid rest periods, sick leave, 401k and match.

    Cons

    it's not uncommon to come into work and have 18 to 20 hours of work assigned to you. work life balance will suffer if you want to be a dad or husband. sadly these same days could be shortened with just 2 or 3 more workers. But making suggestions is like talking to a wall. Employees who sacrifice weekends and holidays are given optimum treatment and are allowed to take short cuts that would bury the careers of others

    Advice to Management

    quit minimalizing employee concerns about safety. street lights are corroding and falling down. quit ignoring it until someone dies who didn't have too!



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