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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated June 17, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    It really is the leading utility in the US. PG&E employs some of the most competent and motivated people I've ever worked with. Lots of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Typical bureaucracy and inefficiencies you'd expect in a large company. There are a lot of redundant efforts headed by different organizations within the company.

    Advice to Management

    I'd advise management to streamline the hiring process. Consolidate and use fewer project management systems. Consolidate change management efforts as well. Rely less on email.


  2. "Business Development Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent Place to work, great culture, spirit.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Start accepting International Students for Full Time


  3. "ERDP Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great people where I worked, great benefits

    Cons

    Large company, must be prepared for a new vice president to come in from another company and change some practices that have been in place for awhile.


  4. "Very happy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great Career mobility/opportunities
    - Opportunities for Development
    - Supports local communities
    - Great benefits
    - Selfless employees willing to put the needs of customers first

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic
    - Hierarchical organization
    - Some season hours are long
    - Difficult to initially get in
    - Commute is long


  5. Helpful (4)

    "I'm here to stay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PG&E is one of few companies left that offer a pension to employees. On top of the above average benefits one normally sees at a career level job, PG&E offers multiple additional resources and perks such as discounts and complimentary services, too many to mention. Example being a discount on the utility bill (25% off - if it's with PG&E), Major cell carrier bill discounts, travel, loans, commodities etc. PG&E really cares about health and well being and strives to reduce work related injuries (from desk jobs to field work) by offering ergonomic assessments and equipment to reduce fatigue.

    Cons

    Being a big corporation, change moves slowly and bureaucracy is common gossip around the office. When there is change, it's usually across the board which is both disruptive and can put people out of positions even if their performance is exemplary since they are now a gold plated square peg for a round hole. Though upper management (which there is many layers of) does put effort to reposition these employees its can sometime be hard for the peons to get themselves heard with results.

    Advice to Management

    For some reason at PG&E, supervisor/manger roles do WAY more than just manage people. They often have a full-time position as if their people managing is a sidebar. This may just be a semantic issue with title positions but can be misleading to the workgroup below that they serve. There needs to be less management layers, the corporate ladder is so step Usain Bolt would grey withered before reaching the half-way mark.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work. Focus on safety and integrity. Management will listen when it comes to any concerns about safety or integrity of work.

    Cons

    Salary fair but not keeping pace with Bay Area cost of living. This is a regulated investor owned utility, so no perks like some Silicon Valley tech firms.


  7. "PG&E"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operating Clerk in Antioch, CA
    Current Employee - Operating Clerk in Antioch, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very diverse work place, there is something for everyone here. whether you like working individually or in a group.

    Cons

    I haven't any negative experiences.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "PG&E"

    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
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits, career development, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Exceptionally hierarchical and slow to embrace change


  9. "Great career opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    fast track career opportunities for those who are ambitious. supportive management. easy environment to find mentors. easy access to any part of the company for educational / career advancement.

    Cons

    stodgy at times. everything depends on what team you're on (you can get stuck with a bad manager / bad team and it'll ruin everything).


  10. "Great Company"

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

    Pros

    Emphasize safety everyday. Very good work environment. Great company to work for.

    Cons

    none that i can think of


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