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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated March 25, 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. "PM"

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Working Environment. Employees are professional.

    Cons

    Managers are not at all professional.

    Advice to Management

    Treat both Employees & Contractors professionally


  2. "In transition to be agile"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of changes in the business model where IT has to keep up.

    Cons

    Lots of processes that are not practical and need to be modify be more effective.

    Advice to Management

    Need to realize that the IT knowledge may not be good enough. Need to bring in new blood to help realize changes and to validate processes are effective.


  3. "Sr. Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good people to work with and very professional.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about this company.

    Advice to Management

    Great Management.


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  5. "Corporate churn"

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, caring co-workers, interesting time for the energy space

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs (management seems to spend half the time planning the next re-org, on top of reviewing the last re-org), bureaucratic, lifer mentality for many long time employees


  6. "Be cautious. Highs are high but lows..."

    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

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

    Pros

    Great people. Very intelligent. Supportive management. Positive environment. Used to have a great career potential and I believe it could again if management gets on the ball.

    Cons

    One of the things you'll note is that everyone else lists benefits as the main pro. The benefits have been cut drastically in recent years. If you sign on now, you won't get what others are talking about so be sure to weigh that in to any decision.

    The company values budget over safety even after the incident. I've seen people let go after complaining about safety issues that implicated their management team. Safety issues are hidden and not dealt with, especially when it involves the old guard. The company protects their middle management to the detriment of overall safety.

    Diversity here also has a long way to go. Minority and female applicants and contractors are turned away to promote traditional employees. If they do hire one, they basically hire the minority, add them to their number and brag about it, then either don't promote them, or in the case of contrators, never hire them full time. It's still an old boys club despite the CEO. In fact, upper management is pretty diverse - the side facing the public. But the lower ranks have a long way to go. My personal thought is that middle management is still very very old fashioned and upper management has their hands full with the post-incident press so they aren't handling these issues well.

    Very top heavy organization. They could thing management by about half or more and still have plenty.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what is going on below decks. Is diversity really a priority? Is safety more important than budget (it should be). Are you middle managers destroying the company from the inside?


  7. "environmental field specialist"

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

    PG&E is a good company where you know what your job duty will be and you know the time you will leave the office. Decent pay, quiet workplace and you can move around in the company.

    Cons

    PG&E like any large company is large and slow, probably the largest and slowest company to react to changing markets in the Bay Area and possibly California. It's run on a buddy system and if you happen to make good buddy's you will do fine. Lots of company speak with some action, top doesn't necessarily see or want to see what's happening on the bottom.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive to the thoughts and wishes of the employees. Don't be as reactive with the next big thing to narrow in on and make everyone adhere to the policies that may not be best suited for the entire company.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Evaluation of my time at PG&E"

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

    There are great benefits. This is a good place if you are looking for a long career in Energy. There are training courses you can register for that will assist in employee development and are quite informative.

    Cons

    The words "change" and "innovation" are taboo here. Middle management seems to be over worked and completely stressed meaning they don't have time for their employees.

    Training and on boarding are a horrible experience and there is virtually no training.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees - they understand the ground level issues and are more in touch with customers than your VPs, Sr Directors, or anyone else. They want to help and are generally a very well educated and intellectual bunch - make use of them!


  9. "Claims Rep"

    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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good people and convenient work location.

    Cons

    too much beaurocracy, antiquated processes.

    Advice to Management

    Make change more easily once it is determined process not working.


  10. "Typical Big Corporation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent health plan and related benefits

    Cons

    Management devoted to chasing profits at the expense of employees. Used to be a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that employees are people, not just a tool.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good people trying to do the right thing every day, with disorganized leaders at the very top leading them astray"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, some teams have good working climates

    Cons

    No clear strategic vision, changes too often for employees to get traction. No healthy debate, HR can't figure out how to deal with conflict so an open culture is fostered.

    Advice to Management

    Stop competing with each other and start rowing together.



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