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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated March 22, 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. "Utility 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, good benefits great place to work

    Cons

    Management not visible and no rewards and recognition


  2. "Sr. Business Finance Analyst"

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

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great People, challenging work, great benefits, strong focus on safety, leaders are approachable, HQ is at a great location in SF

    Cons

    Raises are minimal, There is always a fire to put out, company perception is always unstable because of unforeseen events. Usually in the news for something negative.


  3. "Expert Analyst"

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

    Pros

    Stability, reliability, flexibility and nice people

    Cons

    heavily regulated, can be boring.


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    "Company culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good financial-based benefits including tuition reimbursement, 401k, 401a, discounts for gyms, pension. Depending on the department you belong to, flexible working schedules including telecommute or working from closer offices. There is a lot of corporate training available and its not uncommon to move around within the company to different positions, departments, and fields. At least on the surface, career development is encouraged by the management.

    Cons

    Vacation time is fairly low compared to other corporations or start-up companies. You start off with 2 weeks worth (10 business days = 80 hours) regardless of your position title. You can only get an additional week (5 business days = 40 hours) after being with the company for 5 years (another week after another 5 years, and so on and so forth).

    The safety culture can be taken to extremes, which makes it seems unnatural how employees have to play along. Again, it depends on which department you belong to.

    Lots of merging and rotations within management tend to create chaos in the hierarchy where the subordinates tend to suffer a bit to the inconsistent lack of leadership and unnecessary changes, which only decreases morale. Again--depends on where you are in the company and its a big one. (hence, one reason people tend to move around)

    Advice to Management

    Establish a career path even for non-union positions. It's just talk when you discuss performance reviews, but won't address underlying basis for lack of motivation or advancement when it's mandatory for union-positions.


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    "Business Analyst, Sr."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady work, lots of upward potential with a vertically structured company

    Cons

    With an industry that isn't typically on the leading edge for consumer related things it can be easy to get complacent and settle for a lengthy career without much movement, if this is what you're looking for (stability) then this would not be considered a con


  7. "Great Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly people, work is great, perks and facilities provided too are great !

    Cons

    to the best of my knowledge, I cannot think of an cons.


  8. "Great Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment. As an intern, I was able to speak with other engineers who had been at the Power plant for 30/40 years and they were just as willing to talk to me as if I was a full time employee.

    Cons

    Didn't know what I was doing for the opportunity until I was on site. Training, although necessary, felt very very repetitive and dragged on.

    Advice to Management

    The internship program was well-designed and the fact that they really appreciated my input regardless of how long I had been on site was refreshing and unexpected.


  9. "Business Systems Specialist, Expert"

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

    Pros

    Excellent health care benefits
    Great place to learn and share knowledge. People always willing to help.

    Cons

    Changes take time to implement
    Resource constraint to implement tasks

    Advice to Management

    Ensure proper knowledge transfer from people who reties, and adequate resources are available to perform the work


  10. "Engineering Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great training program, lots of internal support.

    Cons

    Not a lot of hands-on engineering, more business analyst-type work.


  11. "Manager, Security"

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and great benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of shared direction and some unprofessional employees.

    Advice to Management

    Remove poor performance, get the resources needed to complete the job



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