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Pacific Gas and Electric Chief Executive Officer Patricia Poppe
Patricia Poppe
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  • "Great benefits and pretty secure so if you are comfortable staying in one place it works out especially if security is a priority(in 322 reviews)
  • "this job has Good pay and benefits especially for the areas that we get to work in.(in 181 reviews)
  • "The people you work with are great and one of the reasons why I stayed as long as I did.(in 159 reviews)
  • "work life balance is good(in 111 reviews)
  • "401k AND pension?(in 53 reviews)
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  1. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Not a good time to work at PGE

    Dec 7, 2018 - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are good and career opportunities are available if you can play the “political” climate.

    Cons

    No work life balance and wage discrepancies. The company is going through a very difficult time and it’s working it’s management and frontline employees beyond safe conditions. Employees are being asked to respond to these emergency events for weeks at a time with no additional pay.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  2. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Awful

    Jan 13, 2012 - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Working for a public utility provides job security, and the benefits are very good. Very flexible work schedules and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Nobody ever leaves, which provides no career growth for younger people. Getting promoted is nearly impossible, and the amount of "process" one has to go through to get anything done is really something to marvel at.

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    5 people found this review helpful
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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Still a great place

    Oct 29, 2014 - Account Manager in Ukiah, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance is great in certain roles and based on the manager a flex schedule is possible Salaries are competitive Great service territory with lots of opportunities to move throughout the company and hold different positions in ones career They offer a 75% match up to 8% of salary in 401k Still offer a cash balance pension to new employees. Not as lucrative as the past final pay pension but you're only going to get that with the thieving government

    Cons

    Lots of competition for promotions Company has had some major regulatory hurdles in the past 3 years The legislation is giving unfair advantages to the utilities natural competitors

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    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great place for baby boomers. But not for people who actually want job satisfaction.

    Jun 24, 2016 - Project Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Work life balance (people really don't work that hard there) - Stable (it's a monopoly). PG&E gets paid no matter what. - Great for baby boomers who like slow pace and have meetings to talk about the agenda for the next meetings. But if you are ambitious and actually want to work fast and get things done. This is not the place for you.

    Cons

    - Cheap company (laptops renew cycle is every FIVE years). Might as well give me a desktop. I haven't seen laptop this big and heavy since I don't know when. Is it even legal to have employees carry something this heavy and walk between floors? - Cheap company: office doesn't even offer plastic plates, forks and cups. - Cheap company: office settings look like something that you see from Mad Men - Manage to report: people really care about status reports, have multiple meetings to talk about the same status reports, than actually getting things done. It's all about reporting status to 'leadership'.

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    12 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Caring Peers and Supervisor, Excellent Benefits, Pride in Employment, but Antiquated

    Nov 3, 2011 - Account Manager in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - The Benefits are excellent -They provide good work and life balance -Compensation is reasonably set, but incentives are out of reach due to company performance -Respectful and kind coworkers and supervisors -Variation in opportunites and work assignments as well as locations throughout California -Great personal pride being part of this company with long proud history in service area

    Cons

    -Physical offices are dreary, dirty, old, and in poor repair creating a somewhat depressing environment -Little to no incentive pay due to company performance as a whole -Heavy in Government regulation creates difficulty in agility of decision making by management -Part of workforce is Unionized and in most cases unmotivated to perform their duties or care about the customers they are to be serving -Many people, mostly on union side are hiding out and waiting for retirement, they place an undue burden on the others seeking to make PG&E the great company it can be again.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Values employees, overall a good place to work

    May 15, 2014 - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Company culture is friendly, respectful with safety at the top of the company values. Learning and work life balance is encouraged and supported. The company is generous to the community and is considered a leader in environmental initiatives.

    Cons

    Too many processes, management layers and politics. Due to the regulated nature of the utility industry, the company is compliance driven which inhibits innovation. Creative talent and technology frontrunners will find this company running at a "slow and sure" pace. Project or products take a very long time to get approved because the company is highly scrutinized by the public.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Good place to work

    Jan 29, 2019 - Electric Transmission in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, lots of overtime

    Cons

    Tough work life balance but good otherwise

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  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Good Intentions and Horrible Execution

    Nov 21, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - If you know how to navigate the organization, you can have a great career here - Ability to move around the company and get lots of varied experiences - Great benefits package - Good compensation - Generally good work life balance (depending on your direct leader)

    Cons

    - Risk adverse culture - Leaders have A.D.D. across the board - so many initiatives coming and going - Leaders have difficulty making decisions and don't trust subordinates to make decisions - Words don't align with actions - Significant time spent getting consensus from every stakeholder - Lots of pockets of employees who don't do work and don't get fired

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    5 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Chaotic / Toxic Culture

    Nov 9, 2022 - Project Controls Analyst 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Salary & Benefits are pretty awesome. Union protections depending on which job you have. Fantastic peers that work full-time at PG&E (contractors, not so much). LGBTQIA+ affirming - check out rating on the Equality Index.

    Cons

    Never-ending reorganization of the company. Management will constantly break union rules especially regarding overtime, job description, and not paying STIP / greatly reducing STIP arbitrarily. Supervisors / Managers concentrate on quality metrics while piling on additional responsibilities. Quantity does not equal quality. Work / Life Balance is non-existent. Preferential treatment of Project Managers over Project Controls Analysts. This includes 'blaming' Analysts for shortcomings in a Project Manager's performance. 'Yes' people in management - especially Supervisors. Inadequate or complete lack of training when they roll out new processes, procedures, policies, and software. Departments work in 'silos' - the Contracts dept will roll out a new requirement or software without consulting the departments that have to actually follow the requirement / use the software. Same with IT & Engineering. Basically, the 'support' departments do not consult with all stakeholders. The way the company uses SAP and especially P6 is ridiculous. 'Hustle' culture in play here although the company is constantly talking about 'work/life balance.' Overall, chaotic / toxic work culture.

    2 people found this review helpful
  11. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Work-Life balance

    Jan 20, 2023 - Planning Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    Low salary which is not enough for bay area

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