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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Tough times for PG&E"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits, Work Life balance, cross functional opportunities, people are genuine and emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    Very slow to make change, too many middle management, high level of dishonesty and integrity goes on in this company. Harmful decisions are made and executed passively while consequences on the individual are done on the technical level, which makes IT look more incompetent then it is. Departments don't seem to work together nor move in the same direction which leads to difficulties and restrictions with job objectives and delivery. Structure seems to be a bit off, going through a rough time estimating their budgets which makes the yearly forecasts seem a bit inadequate. You definitely will need to find a position you are head over heels about if you want to survive this culture. Not an environment to try new things or experiment due to lack of professional training. Beware of your transferrable skills, you have to keep a standard of professionalism when working for a company like this, it is too easy to slide into a comfort and routine that will make it hard to prospect other career opportunities. Keep in mind that people work here long term for a reason.

    Highly do not recommend young people to work for this company, there are no innovative opportunities and a lot of pressure to conform to the corporate mindset. People who work for this company are very old and wise, it's best to focus on one's own individual career and taking advantage of bettering your skills before anything else while working here. Don't get caught up in the corporate politics and try to find effective ways to make things more efficient even if you have to speak out of turn.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to integrate PG&E so all departments are moving in the same direction. Promote upskill training for resources you invest in, and get rid of departments dedicated to specific projects & initiatives, because the time will come when those projects will end and you'll have to do another restructure.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Internal audit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Auditing in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Internal Auditing in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides opportunity to see other departments

    Cons

    Corrupt management
    Backstabbing is encouraged
    Tremendous turnover

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay... bad supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Systems Analyst Programmer in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Systems Analyst Programmer in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Work at home opportunity,
    Tuition Reimbursement Program.
    Good bonus.
    Great place to work until one day a peer becomes a supervisor who acts like very hungry for power and recognition.

    Cons

    My supervisor, my manager, director, senior directors... to the CEO are all women.

    Advice to Management

    Please review how HR handled Discrimination and Harassment complaints filed against EALJ.


  4. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Scientist in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Environmental Scientist in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, great people and awesome benefits. Can't ask for much more.

    Cons

    Meeting and team building heavy. Layers upon layers of management.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to identify specific individuals for their accomplishments.


  5. "Corporate churn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, caring co-workers, interesting time for the energy space

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs (management seems to spend half the time planning the next re-org, on top of reviewing the last re-org), bureaucratic, lifer mentality for many long time employees


  6. "Be cautious. Highs are high but lows..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people. Very intelligent. Supportive management. Positive environment. Used to have a great career potential and I believe it could again if management gets on the ball.

    Cons

    One of the things you'll note is that everyone else lists benefits as the main pro. The benefits have been cut drastically in recent years. If you sign on now, you won't get what others are talking about so be sure to weigh that in to any decision.

    The company values budget over safety even after the incident. I've seen people let go after complaining about safety issues that implicated their management team. Safety issues are hidden and not dealt with, especially when it involves the old guard. The company protects their middle management to the detriment of overall safety.

    Diversity here also has a long way to go. Minority and female applicants and contractors are turned away to promote traditional employees. If they do hire one, they basically hire the minority, add them to their number and brag about it, then either don't promote them, or in the case of contrators, never hire them full time. It's still an old boys club despite the CEO. In fact, upper management is pretty diverse - the side facing the public. But the lower ranks have a long way to go. My personal thought is that middle management is still very very old fashioned and upper management has their hands full with the post-incident press so they aren't handling these issues well.

    Very top heavy organization. They could thing management by about half or more and still have plenty.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what is going on below decks. Is diversity really a priority? Is safety more important than budget (it should be). Are you middle managers destroying the company from the inside?


  7. "General Interview"

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Company that takes care of their employees. They don't want 'fly by night' employees. Its costs money to train a person and they want to keep you.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any, but this site is insisting upon 20 words so I will really stretch this out. But this is a great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone is great at their job, this does not make them a great supervisor. Kindly examine a person's leadership ability before giving them the responsibility over a group.


  8. "Sr. Business Finance Analyst"

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    • 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.


  9. "Expert Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Company culture"

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    • 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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