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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated January 14, 2018
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good work balance, large company with stability and options. I have worked here on and off for two decades and can't say enough good things about it.

    Cons

    Lots of beauracracy, lots of paperwork and processes. Processes are not always intuitive.

    Advice to Management

    Need to look at processes holistically. Stop focusing on metrics and goals for individual silos.


  2. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very professional environment with committed employees. Deep knowledge and a long history. Plenty of opportunity to move around and take on different jobs. Generous funding for education and training. A commitment to community service and supporting diversity. Good compensation. Just a great organization.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and too many meetings.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don't go there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Great location, right at downtown near BART and other restaurants.

    Cons

    The management is firing American workers and flying people from India to take their jobs. The worst part of it is that they have to train their replacements; otherwise, they have to walk out without a severance package. They are doing this in stages so it does not trigger the interest of the media. They call this action Reorganization in order to mask what they are really doing. If you want to play politics, they may let you stay there. However, if you're there just to do your job as a professional, good luck.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and recognize them for the job well done, especially those who take pride on the work they do. Remember the golden rule: do to others what you want to be done to you. Also, they way you treat others is the way you ought to be treated. The world goes around.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Only a fool would take a position here in the current climate"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, interesting work, and good people (that is changing)

    Cons

    Benefits are being "rearranged", work life balance is questionable and leadership in some departments are the result of cronyism not ability. There is a lot of talk about open and honest communication, but one is punished for doing so in may departments.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management appears to be beyond help at the moment and not open to advice.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Constant Change and New Challenges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constant changes give new challenges everyday. The company is working to improve systems and processes constantly.

    Cons

    The company is leaning out the systems and targets to reduce workforce over the next several years.

    Advice to Management

    Be sensitive to the employees that have been working for their entires lives when laying off employees. Giving employees a sense that their service was appreciated is good for the moral of people that have worked a lifetime dedicated to the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company Undergoing Many Changes"

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    Current Employee - Senior Gas Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Gas Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good schedule, engaging work most of the time. Good coworkers to work with and everyone is generally trying to do the right thing for the company and our customers.

    Cons

    Undergoing many changes, there is a reorganization almost every year. Communication between different groups could use improvement and can feel siloed.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, working from home

    Cons

    Its not what you know, its who you know. Many directors and senior directors should not be there. CEO is a cheer leader with no vision! We pay you a multi million dollar salary to lead us into the future. Outsourcing to India is NOT the solution. If this giant does not change fast, it will be dead within 20 years!

    Advice to Management

    Instead of hiring fancy ivy league consultants - listen to your employees. Create a vision of the future, make it an exciting place to work again, and please stop the rah-rah-we-are-so-great town halls..

  8. "Programmer Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Good people

    Cons

    - Trying to move in different direction so a lot of unknown and changes which results in lay offs


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Good place to work, hard place to earn a comfortable living."

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    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Equipment is well maintained. No expense is spared for safety.

    Cons

    Its too expensive to live in the Bay area and the traffic is getting worse. Affordability efforts have cheapened the look and feel of the operation.

    Advice to Management

    we can't do more with less


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Not in a good place."

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    Former Employee - Principal Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The people you work with are great and one of the reasons why I stayed as long as I did. There's alot of smart and passionate people there with alot of years of experience. For people that are new to the industry it's a great opportunity to learn from experts. For the most part people have no problem sharing their knowledge with you, all it takes is a coffee or lunch every now and then.
    -Easily accessible location from East Bay... Peninsula side not so much.

    Cons

    -Out of touch. Their business will continue to shrink because of all the CCA's and renewables eating into their market share. Eventually it will get to the point where all they'll do is manage transmission lines but even then they're not doing the best job or innovating in that field.
    -Poor job security. Many of the staff are being outsourced, they've started with IT but will expand to other business groups.
    -Poor management. It's kind of like a locker room vibe, you either fit in or get stomped out. If you try to rock the boat they'll find a way to get rid of you or make your life miserable.
    -They try to give off the impression that you can file grievances about work place issues openly without persecution but that's kind of false which is evident in the calibration meetings. I participated in one when my manager was out of the office and was shocked to see that it's essentially each manager bashing his/her own team members and everyone else just sitting there nodding in agreement or adding their own negative comments. The only people getting praised seemed to be the type of people that sit around talking at the water cooler instead of doing actual work or attractive recent grads. It was weird to see managers praise an employee days before at a team meeting, only for the same manager to totally crap on that person when holed up in a room with other management staff at the calibration. There's alot of behind the back stuff that people should be aware of.
    -The calibration is the bread and butter of the promotion process, if your manager doesn't praise you at the calibration you're going to have a tough time there because all of the managers know and it impacts their interactions with you along with future promotions and salary increases. It sets the tone. Other managers can also see the results, so yeah if you get on someone's bad side it can be a tricky hill to climb.
    -The Premier Survey's can be traced so be mindful of what you say in them, don't be 100% truthful if you want to keep your job. I know a few of my colleagues who were truthful about their job dissatisfaction and were laid off despite being solid performers.
    -No growth, the company is shrinking. They aren't creating new positions and nor are they replacing people who left for greener pastures or got laid off, unless you're an outsourced worker from other country.
    -Tons of reorgs, expect to have a new manager/director every six months.
    -Tons of projects but no follow through from executive or management.
    -Convoluted business processes, sometimes I feel like they have certain processes just to look busy but serve no real world purpose.
    -Hearing about co-workers (lineman) dying on the field is a huge bummer. It's even worse when you see that PG&E donates zero money to help their families when they're dying on the job working for PG&E.
    -Hearing about San Bruno every other week, the tragedy happened like 10+ years ago yet every few months there's a new fine put in place or something to remind you about it.
    -Going into the required Ethics course at work and listening to snippets from the Enron tapes, then finding out that one of the top guys issuing orders on the tapes was hired by PG&E as a director and worked there for years before retiring with benefits.

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to your actual employees not the managers.
    -Look at what's going on in the industry and look at what you're doing. Nothing has changed with your approach, you're doing the exact same thing as 10 years ago and you're expecting everything to change to your favor. It's not. The industry has evolved at a rapid pace. You had some good times as a "monopoly" but those times are slowly going away, you're going to have to innovate in order to stay in business. Learn from the mistakes of the Blockbusters, taxi cabs, etc. or you the same will happen to you. Open your eyes.


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