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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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  • work life balance can be questionable (in 37 reviews)

  • A lot of pressure from upper management regarding project deadlines (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    ""Design-out" incompetent managers disguised as leaders. You will win new talent."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Deep expertise within teams. It's not uncommon to meet people who have been there 20+ years. They have both the context and the know-how of why things are done the way they are.
    -Vast opportunities to move around and learn the entire business. Moving around departments is highly encouraged.
    -Benefits. PG&E is a natural monopoly and has the resources to be generous with their employees.
    -Incredible sense of teamwork. Not only within your team but across departments. There's an overwhelming sense that individual contributors help each other succeed.
    -Incredible sense of giving back to the community. Multiple opportunities to volunteer, fund raise and just provide help through community services. If you want a company that walks the talk about giving back, PG&E has your back and will support your cause.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership at the department level. Managers believe they're doing amazing work but are just riding the coattails of a natural monopoly. What do you do when you have no fear of losing to a competitor? What happens when there's little incentive to be creative? These individuals speak about "cutting edge" ideas and "new ways of thinking" but are fearful of actually letting go of the past.

    Advice to Management

    To the Senior Leadership: As you begin to implement the affordability initiative, take into account weeding out ingrained leadership who have been there 10+ years. There's a reason why young professionals AND external hires quickly leave; it's your managers at the department level who choke the life out of new hires.


  2. "Safety Program Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Safety Program Manager in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Program Manager in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, flexible schedule, great health benefits.

    Cons

    Highly regulated and bureaucratic work environment. Limited room to negotiate pay and performance incentives once an employee (make sure you negotiate high when entering because you will not get another chance once part of the company). Organizational silos, progress and process improvement is slow going.

    Advice to Management

    Stay competitive by paying employees for their current performance and not just for their previous work experience before joining the company.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Review PG&E"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Nice downtown location
    Nice company vision, good culture
    Wonderful employees at Individual Contributer level

    Cons

    Bad management - focus up, not down
    Horrible review system (calibration)- all managers get in a room and either praise or criticize their employees without the employees present. Those unfortunate to be in the criticize category are shamed in front of all other managers and lose any opportunities while those praised are really due to subjectivity but in some cases are genuinely great employees.
    Managers are more than willing to throw their employees under the bus.
    They have a phony hiring system where most jobs are posted with an individual in mind but HR makes the hiring manager interview 3 candidates for HR auditing purposes so you go to an interview that is really a big waste of your time. They also have a poor recruiting organization that is not good at negotiation. I was a hiring manager so I am saying this from experience.
    Also, you tend to get locked in an organization or role without much opportunity to move around.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of management upper focus is too strong to offer any advice. They will continue to proceed with a culture of lip service to their employees while they continue to throw them under the bus. Ironically, I had a hard time leaving because I did really like the other my peers and my team of Ind Contributers, friendships I made and the benefits but Management made it really hard to continue there any longer.


  4. "Good Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, Options to grow

    Cons

    Company trying to recover from terrible situations


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operating Clerk in West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Operating Clerk in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits, pay, time off, holiday pay, sick leave

    Cons

    horrible leadership, they do not want you to succeed

    Advice to Management

    learn to help your employees instead of finding ways to fire them


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Focus on Safety. Good 401K plan.

    Cons

    Many Favoritism in the department and in each team. Micromanagement. Manager like to do row check everyday. IT has many defects and not enough people to handle the problem. Not willing to listen and change.

    Advice to Management

    Not focus in employee growth or development, but nip picking minor problems.


  7. "Power Systems Engineer, Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Major Utility, traditional, SF office

    Cons

    Major Utility, traditional, old fashioned

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Outsourcing and Poor management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most employees and supervisors runs their own business or second jobs as Outsourced vendors takes care of everything. Good job with money and no works. The outsourced employees and managers really work hard.

    Cons

    Middle level managers does not have any management skills, they treat employee as slave not as IT professional. They are have their own side business that they run in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Replace middle level management with good managers and supervisors.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company With Flaws"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Great Benefits
    Great Location
    Interesting Projects

    Cons

    Bureaucracy gets in the way
    Offshoring
    Unless you are on the right team, no advancement or learning
    Too many contractors take away opportunity to learn


  10. "Good company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Very stable and good medical

    Cons

    Slow pace, work is very repetitive


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