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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Cuts all around, no real incentive to attract or retain talent"

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

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

    Pros

    Good long-term benefits such as pension, 401(k), and decent health/dental plans. Work/life balance is pretty decent, depending on your supervisor or manager. Depending on your team's needs, the company allows for alternative work schedules (9 days/80 hours, 4 days/ 10 hours)-- once you switch to one of these schedules, you wonder how you survived a 9-5 standard schedule.

    Cons

    Red tape all around, morale is at an all-time low with lack of employee engagement, cuts and/or major hurdles for team-building events and lingering fear of headcount reduction, leading to fear of merit and bonus cuts.
    The culture of each team differs in each department or organization, and you really don't know what kind of culture you'll land in until after the fact. New departments with younger teams are more in line with the startup/tech culture where hours are flexible, teams practice Agile methodology, and the team environment is loud, but entertaining (which can lead to distractions). However, most of PG&E is still extremely corporate and the ability to take risks is frowned upon. It makes sense since the company is dealing with sensitive data and explosive commodities, but the time it takes to implement change in the company is ridiculous.

    The company struggles to recruit talent from top-tier schools because there is no short-term realized incentive. In fact, most college graduates are likely to pass over PG&E as there is a stigma that this is an old company stuck in old corporate practices, which for the most part is true.

    Lack of communication within the company is a huge issue. You can have multiple departments working on projects that are trying to achieve the same goal.

    Advice to Management

    From the CEO top down, there needs to be a better sense of transparency. Every speech from the leaders during all All-Hands feels SO rehearsed and fake.

    There needs to be a focus on keeping your employees happy. With all these cuts, you're encouraging your new talent to look elsewhere. It's hard enough to attract talent, so you're making the wrong move by reducing or cutting funding for employee events, and making employers jump through hurdles to get approval for basic expenses.

    I'm writing this on Glassdoor in hopes of major changes, because any internal employee probably feels that their feedback is greatly dismissed whenever we have open discussions, or that the feedback never reaches to their intended target audience.


  2. "inefficient processes - very hard to get things donw"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    people seemed nice and friendly but also seemed frustrated at bureaucracy

    Cons

    very inefficient processes, hard to get actual work done

    Advice to Management

    work on your on-boarding for contractors - it felt like I spent half the time just trying to get administrative tasks done.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Look elsewehere if you want opportunities"

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    • 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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are wonderful people at this company. It is like a family in some very good ways. Leadership is forward thinking and looking to continously improve in every way.

    Cons

    Highly political. Ive seen blatant nepotism and quid pro quo deals from high level mangement. Everything is run by the "good old boy" network, with females sprinkled in only in a few positions. Women are still simply not seen as fitting in.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting your buddies and start cultivating the competent, hard workers readily available in your company.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Business Process Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits and pay, great people

    Cons

    Cut throat, fast paced and dishonest. No process oversight

    Advice to Management

    Reasons for overspending. The processes can change for the better but, if the workers do not change it is useless.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Always changing with unclear goals. Too much red tape to get anything accomplished with minimal spending."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work is always challenging as a gas crew foreman. I love working outside and making sure the customer is please with the work my crew performs. I take pride in working safely and being able to accomplish a tremendous amount of work, when given the green light.

    Cons

    Safety and customer commitment are preached until you are blue in the face, but only when meeting a "metric". The paperwork in this company is beyond outrageous. Too many inexperienced supervisors in charge of critical operations making poor decisions. More supervisors than the company know what to do with.

    Advice to Management

    We need to return to core values. Customer safety, commitment, and satisfaction should be paramount. Employee salaries and benefits should match our growing economy without constant take aways. Only then, will we become the number 1 utility in the nation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "No Structure for Internships"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location - in the heart of SF Financial District, and next to BART Station
    Office culture was professional and cordial

    Cons

    There so no structure for the internship, and the supervisor more often than not had nothing for me to do.
    No potential for growth in internship
    Toxic supervisors/directors

    Advice to Management

    Give more structure and things for your interns to do.


  7. "Lineman"

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

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

    Pros

    Wage scale at the top of almost any utility. Good benefits package. Okay pension and 401k match. Good training for apprentices.

    Cons

    Company is getting stronger while union is getting weaker. Management is a joke. They have made it so unattractive for seasoned lineman/foreman to make the jump into management at the end of their career that they have resorted mechanics and janitors as front line supervisors for electrical distribution. There are supervisors that hook up with office personnel (married or not), take them on "business trips", get them pregnant, and nothing happens. Their answer is to relocate lady's husband into the same office to ensure no more hanky-panky. In the meantime, supervisor (married) moves to his next conquest. It's not a secret either. Company is mismanaged from the top down. Micromanaged all the way down by spineless "yes" men. I saw good employees ran off while the worst get promoted. There is a saying among the working class there....."screw up, move up!" They preach safety yet safety goes out the window when management may look bad. Management are graded on outage minutes and frequency of outages. These two items drive work. You can see how these two metrics leads them to push unsafe acts. I have personally been on a crew that requested an outage for a safety issue and was told to go back to the yard. The next day a less seasoned crew was sent out to make repairs hot and had an incident. They "shop for crews" until some young foreman agrees to do the work putting lineman at risk. When ENRON failed, guess where PG&E got its next crop of officers. Frontline supervisors are so inundated with committees, reports, and tasks that they are unable to do their job both properly and effectively. Lineman in the different yards can be very "clique" and unpleasant to be around. Best thing to happen to me was leaving company and getting my family out of Commiefornia. Period.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all management starting with that liberal ice queen Geisha Williams and start over from the top down. Promote from within. Too many bean counters. Too many "chiefs", not enough "indians". Half of supervision could easily be removed.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Company that has lost sight of its purpose and vision as a Utility"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Dedicated employees and good benefits

    Cons

    Limited delegation of authority with a high level of micro management results in slow decision making; reporting to senior management is consuming too many valuable resources and time with little value add to the end customer

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to make decisions and remove unnecessary red tape; limit unecessary upward status reporting and refocus resources to take action to address issues instead of continuously generating presentations to discuss them


  9. "project management Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Weird Company Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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