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Updated December 31, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate Relations"

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Director"

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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "You had better be in the fraternity"

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    • 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


  5. Helpful (8)

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

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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
    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "IT"

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    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.


  7. "star"

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    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..

  8. Helpful (4)

    "lineman"

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    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!


  9. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    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

    Good exposure to company and key projects.

    Cons

    Redundant work. Focus is mainly on document editing, not project improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management seems to generally be engaging and qualified. However, mid to lower management is often not.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great benefits but..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefit package is great but getting less so for new employees

    Cons

    Incompetent management in the IT department. No one trusts them. There's a reason the local support group just went union. Ask yourself what it takes for a notoriously libertarian group like IT to vote overwhelmingly to unionize.

    Advice to Management

    Let people succeed and grow in your organization. Stop picking a 'Golden Child" who can do no wrong until they screw up big enough to make you look bad, then throwing that one overboard and picking another.


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