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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  • work life balance can be questionable (in 36 reviews)

  • A lot of pressure from upper management regarding project deadlines (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Rewarded Well for Not Rewarding Work"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I hear time and time again that it's the people and the benefits that keep people at PG&E. I love the money and the short hours. The days go quickly due to the meeting culture with very few measurable results required.

    Cons

    The office is horrible, the work is completely meaningless at the end of the day, creativity and innovation are foreign words. Other departments must be spoon-fed their own job responsibilities and baby sat to be sure they do it. It's hard to stay motivated. It's unclear where someone could work after a stint at PG&E.

    Advice to Management

    Empower the smart jackrabbits on your team by helping them circumnavigate the red tape and giving them extra opportunities to work on teams/projects that will help them grow.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good knowledgable people"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people in the department were very knowledgable, genuing and supportive. The company tries to invest in employees by providing training and supportive of those who are interested in a rotation in another group. The benefits are fair.

    Cons

    The expectations were at times unreasonable, not enough people and time to perform even the core duties. Even though involvement in projects outside of your immediate area is encouraged, there is no capacity as you are trying to catch up with your core responsibilities. Way too many ad hoc requests with really tight deadlines and everything is high priority.

    Advice to Management

    Either hire more people or reassess the work load as a lot of people are unhappy and close to burning out. Not sure if these issues are being communicated to senior management.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Great Pay and Benefits, Upper Leadership Dated"

    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

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, Excellent Medical, Dental, Tuition Reimbursement, Matching Gifts Program, 401k Match, employer funded pension etc
    Lots of opportunity, PG& E Academy including Leadership Classes, special projects. Middle Management does the best they can.

    Cons

    Upper level leadership tends to wear that 80's royalty complex, slave driving mentality like a member's only jacket. The majority of them are completely out of touch with reality.

    Advice to Management

    Quit promoting leaders with low engagement scores who only say yes to people above them.


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  5. "Your Manager is Key"

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

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

    Pros

    Helpful, knowledgeable co-workers help alleviate the stress caused by overly-aggressive project plans, which is nothing new. Some managers roll up their sleeves and are happy to share their knowledge with newbies. These are the truly the champions of the Company.

    Cons

    Too much process which causes teams to choke and interferes with progress. Need to temper process as in too many cases it has become the project and not the tool it's intended to be.


  6. "Good place to work, for the right person"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Job security
    - Large company, so opportunity to move around to different departments
    - Good HR, so generally a pleasant work environment
    - Decent benefits
    - Decent pay

    Cons

    - Frequent/constant change
    - Poor management
    - No real motivation for anyone to do much beyond what's absolutely required
    - Tons of contractors
    - Very political

    Advice to Management

    - Require upward feedback for all of your managers
    - Promote based on job performance, not who plays the political game the best
    - Provide better support to your managers
    - Minimize the amount of change
    - Stop throwing money away on McKinsey


  7. "Incident Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NOC Incident Manager in El Sobrante, CA
    Current Employee - NOC Incident Manager in El Sobrante, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong company, employee moral extremely high for Full Time employee. High level of security in place. Separation of duty makes the job boring at times. Lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    Contract specifics and details should be clear form the beginning.


  8. "Great learning environment; experience depends on team, department, business unit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Note: This review is based on experience working in Energy Procurement
    -Hard-working and forward-thinking co-workers (contrary to conventions on utility workers or natural monopolies)
    -Exposure to interesting industry challenges
    -At the analyst level, you're encouraged to move around different teams to learn about the business
    -Stable work environment
    -Abundant resources for career development (i.e., tuition reimbursement, professional employee resource groups, budgets for training/conferences, rotational work assignments, mentoring programs, etc)

    Cons

    -Promotions can be political (management often favors cross-functional experiences over deep expertise in niche areas)
    -Organization is so large that employees often don't understand how their work contributes to the company's over mission
    -First-time managers are often not provided with adequate training
    -Certain directors and managers have too many (10+) direct reports
    -Meeting culture
    -Productivity varies between teams and departments

    Advice to Management

    -Retention is costly; incentivize and empower younger talent to continue their careers with the company
    -Provide training to first-time managers
    -Be a leaner organization
    -Help employees understand their contributions to the company's overall mission


  9. "Corporate Relations Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Corporate Relations Associate/Administrative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Corporate Relations Associate/Administrative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Corporate Relations department is very appreciative, remembers birthdays/on boarding days.
    Learned what a large corporate relations department of a utility is really like- fast/crazy on giant news days, slow sometimes when there are no fires to put out.
    Was in charge of sending out official news releases/talking to reporters.

    Cons

    Felt like title/responsibilities mentioned from first interview to when I was hired were a little deceiving, felt more administrative. Less mobility to progress to actually writing news releases/projects than I thought there would be. Sometimes felt like a glorified secretary.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that your third party recruiter/job description is accurately portrayed.


  10. "Law Department"

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

    Pros

    The company is changing for the better. There is an emphasis on speaking up. There is a focus on continuous improvement. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The company is still a bit too hierarchical for some tastes. Some silos still exist.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward. Keep the emphasis on speaking up when something does not "seem quite right."


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Leader in utility space, great vision for the future; fighting institutional inertia in IT department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst, Supporting IT in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst, Supporting IT in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay, employee events; this is a company that takes care of its employees
    Nice people, generally relaxed work environment
    Excellent executive leadership driving company toward diversified clean energy portfolio; leading utility in the country
    Optimistic about its future and its continued leadership in the utilities space

    Cons

    Institutional Inertia in IT organization (e.g. hard to accomplish tasks due to too many poorly designed governance processes, lack of technical depth in IT, lack of director accountability for finances, endless circular meetings, poor performers among individual contributors stuck in careers and holding out for retirement (10%-15% seriously), poorly designed and siloed information systems, overly customized applications on the verge of falling out of vendor support, rigid culture unable to quickly adapt latest technologies, etc.)
    Lot of executive turnover in IT, re-organizations, ineffective leadership; IT is not the driver of innovation in this company
    To summarize, this company is not a tech company and will be frustrating for someone coming from tech. Having said that, it is not a bad career stop. Take advantage of high salary and educational benefits, work on a few meaningful projects, and then leave before you stagnate.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times and embrace AWS gov/public cloud
    Let go of bottom 10% of performers; would go along way in dealing with your problem in attracting and retaining talent in IT architect, Data Science, Data Engineering, DevOps talent you desperately need
    Be bold; open source your data by census breakdowns. Serve as a catalyst for further innovation in the SF Bay Area
    Do a full audit of your applications footprint and information systems; you will be terrified but can start taking action


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