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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated February 17, 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. "Great People"

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, Employee Programs, Community Involvement, Room for Career Growth

    Cons

    Industry is changing, direction uncertain

    Advice to Management

    Provide more women's accommodations for women in the field, especially for new mothers working in the field.


  2. "Outage Worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and great appreciation of safety first!

    Cons

    Long hours, usually working 70 hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work!


  3. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    The work culture is terrible. There is low productivity and lack of innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture to keep the talent and energy


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  5. "Endless opportunities"

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to grow. Very welcoming and diverse group of people. A lot of people are retiring so great chance to move up quickly.

    Cons

    Everyone lives in a bubble and project management techniques are unique to this company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eye on the future.


  6. "Expert Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Mix of private pay and public benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy. Many re-organizations resulting in a lot of turnover with departments.


  7. "Procurement Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and 401K matching. Option to work from home on Fridays. Nice co-workers. Open to express ideas. Work life balance.

    Cons

    A lot of processes are manual. Training for new employees very limited. Too many meetings and receive to many emails. Don't always hire the most qualified person for the job.

    Advice to Management

    Don't always listen to the employees. Take too long to implement changes.


  8. "Tough times for PG&E"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - 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 a year)

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits, Work Life balance, cross functional opportunities, people are genuine and emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    Very slow to make change, too many middle management, high level of dishonesty and integrity goes on in this company. Harmful decisions are made and executed passively while consequences on the individual are done on the technical level, which makes IT look more incompetent then it is. Departments don't seem to work together nor move in the same direction which leads to difficulties and restrictions with job objectives and delivery. Structure seems to be a bit off, going through a rough time estimating their budgets which makes the yearly forecasts seem a bit inadequate. You definitely will need to find a position you are head over heels about if you want to survive this culture. Not an environment to try new things or experiment due to lack of professional training. Beware of your transferrable skills, you have to keep a standard of professionalism when working for a company like this, it is too easy to slide into a comfort and routine that will make it hard to prospect other career opportunities. Keep in mind that people work here long term for a reason.

    Highly do not recommend young people to work for this company, there are no innovative opportunities and a lot of pressure to conform to the corporate mindset. People who work for this company are very old and wise, it's best to focus on one's own individual career and taking advantage of bettering your skills before anything else while working here. Don't get caught up in the corporate politics and try to find effective ways to make things more efficient even if you have to speak out of turn.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to integrate PG&E so all departments are moving in the same direction. Promote upskill training for resources you invest in, and get rid of departments dedicated to specific projects & initiatives, because the time will come when those projects will end and you'll have to do another restructure.


  9. "OK Overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    1) financially solid company; 2) great for engineers; 3) pension; many employees stay for 20+ years

    Cons

    1) slow moving; 2) many jobs are very "niche"; 3) some departments are resistant to telecommuting


  10. "Relationship-based company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People care and it's a very collaborative culture. Good leadership and diversity is promoted. People are respectful, kind, and helpful.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and bureaucratic. No tolerance for risk. Way too many meetings and it can be hard to get stuff done and feel productive with all of the red tape.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to shift the culture- get the leaders off the 32nd floor. It reinforces the hierarchy and power dynamic. Also, don't be afraid the get rid of low performers- they disengage everyone else.


  11. "Internal audit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Auditing in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Internal Auditing in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides opportunity to see other departments

    Cons

    Corrupt management
    Backstabbing is encouraged
    Tremendous turnover

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair



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