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Updated Oct 9, 2020

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Pacific Gas and Electric Chief Executive Officer Patricia Poppe
Patricia Poppe
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance in generaal(in 180 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and compensation packages(in 167 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Lack of work/life balance, leadership carousel(in 48 reviews)

  • "Upper management revolves too often and they push their agenda without any input from others(in 45 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Pay, Benefits, Unionized position,

      Oct 9, 2020 - Electric Distribution Engineer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Depends on your position/city. I had a great supervisor that truly cared about developing me as an engineer and offered opportunities to rotate to other departments. Not all supervisors are like her though so it really depends where you land.

      Cons

      Upper management revolves too often and they push their agenda without any input from others. No real incentive from people to leave a union position to go to a management position.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Freelancer, more than 10 years

      Has great potenital, but mid to.upper management has had issues for decades

      Dec 13, 2019 - Senior Electrical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay, good benefits, a great sense of team work among those that do the real work.

      Cons

      An extraordinarily bureaucratic management system. Many mid level managers and directors are fundamentally incompetent and are promoted too quickly. Many have gotten to their positions because they "know" someone. But there are a quite a few good supervisors. The Performance Management System is a deficient as managers and directors can influence and arbitrarily override the supervisors evaluation of their direct reports. Over the years this has probably led to the Company's current fatal downfall . The field workers and engineering support do their work very well, the mid to upper management tends to be incompetent and have a bunker mentality.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Their Agile efforts fell flat

      Nov 2, 2019 - Scrum Master in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      My manger was great and wanted this new software development style to work My teams were amazing and hardworking Fun place to work

      Cons

      Upper management was counterproductive to our efforts The millions of dollars spent to convert a team to a new software methodology was lost when a single person was put in charge WAY too much politics

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Love the company / hate the uncertainty

      Jul 24, 2019 - Manager in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good people, exciting work, great benefits, and a family oriented place to work

      Cons

      Because of the bankruptcy, there is a lot of uncertainty that comes from upper management as well. When everyone is worried about their own position, there seems to be a lack of empathy for others.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Freelancer, more than 10 years

      Constant Change

      Feb 15, 2018 - Underground Electric Crew Foreman in Sacramento, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Small Yards and Work groups stay consistent

      Cons

      Upper Management is hired from outside companies. a lot of structure change.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Contractor, more than 1 year

      I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as contractor

      Nov 2, 2017 - Full Stack Developer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work Environment and work life balance

      Cons

      "A lot of pressure from upper management regarding project deadlines"

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Quickly becoming a company that is hated by it's employees and the public.

      Oct 5, 2017 - Gas Crew Leader 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Challenging work, never a dull moment in my line of work. Problem is I am told to do more with less and I'm not getting any younger, with hardly any new hires to fill the gaps. I get a decent wage, but benefits are slowly shrinking. If you like overtime, it's thrown on your lap at the worst times of the year due to bad planning and management. Union job, with hardly any union backup.

      Cons

      I don't know where to begin. They hire people in the wrong positions that haven't got a clue of the work we do. Seems like if you have an east coast accent, you're hired even if you're clueless and unsafe. They have cut back on almost every perk, all the while upper management bonuses have never been larger. I barely have tools to do my job in the Gas dept. If there were an earthquake, we are screwed due to lack of personel and tools. The service yards are falling apart. Too much red tape to do anything productive. Drowning in paperwork...Yes paperwork not computer. 20 years behind in almost everything. In my eyes, we are far from "The leading utility company"

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Traditional and information flows from top down

      Sep 14, 2017 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Most pros and cons depends on where you are and which organization you belong to... - Employee Resource Groups - decent benefits with pension, 3 week vacation to start, matching 401k, education tuition reimbursement - employees with great knowledge and had been with the company for a long time - scholarships and donations to nonprofits and company matches it - wellness center offers classes free to employees

      Cons

      - very traditional and relationship based; not what you know but who you know, which can impact your promotion/merit increase - Even if you do a great job but your direct supervisor is not a great advocate of you, mid-upper management won't know you/recognize your contributions - constantly being reorg with new leadership - work-life balance can be a challenge - currently low morale and low engagement as the message had been consistently about affordability and downsizing

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Sr. Management

      Jan 28, 2017 - Director in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people to work with. Quality hiring in recent times

      Cons

      Lack of upper management support for Programs & Organization management, Tend to get more work out of part time workers leading to erosion of institutional knowledge. Work life balance although a priority is not given emphasis. Constant restructuring and volatile upper management

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Be cautious. Highs are high but lows...

      Dec 12, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      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.

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