Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
407 Reviews
3.4
407 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
153 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 38 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits, support for volunteering (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • It's hard to get your job done if you're constantly trying to prove your worth to upper management (in 22 reviews)

  • Middle management presents a significant barrier to changing corporate culture (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    stable

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    stable and ok pay, work life balance is good

    Cons

    no technology and slow paced

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Slow moving and old school culture but work/life balance is good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    Exposure to utility business
    Good pension benefits - its the only place i know that offers a 401k match and a pension plan

    Cons

    Many people are not motivated to work. The only reason many seem to come to work is to pick up a pension eventually.
    Highly regulated by CPUC and other agencies
    Due to people being in their positions for years and years, it is not easy to get promoted. Though there are a lot of people retiring now.
    Lack of innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    PG&E

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    Current Employee - Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Specialist in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, flexible scheduling with a healthy appreciation for work/life balance, and challenging work across the enterprise. Definitely many challenges to contend with on a daily basis if that's your thing.

    Cons

    Size of company can be hard to fully navigate, a great deal of bureaucracy which can be discouraging. Often spend more time fighting internal roadblocks than actual work, however many seem to be trying to push through that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    The standard office politics exist

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Giving Up

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    Former Employee - Temporary Additional  in  Avila Beach, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Temporary Additional in Avila Beach, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best pay in the area, many great and talented co-workers

    Cons

    Cannot get on permanent to save my life even though I have been working outages for several years and a few years as a year-round contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your TAs. They have experience to keep Diablo safe. You shouldn't trust too many newbies just to save some pennies or an even more expensive problem could occur.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    There was good and bad but I really struggled with not being paid as much as everyone else

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance. Granted I worked in Operations and as a Contractor for this company and the flexibility of my schedule was great. And when I moved to Program Management, my work life balance got even better. As long as you get your work done, that is the main focus. If you need to leave early or work from home, you just need to let your manager know. Granted this is dependent on your manager but I was lucky enough to work for people who allowed for this flexibility. As a program manager, I was really able to own my program and make the decisions on how to make it run effectively. Raises and bonuses come every year for the time that I worked here.

    Cons

    Although, most people say the pay is great, I did not experience this. I came in severely underpaid and never got to where I should have been even with several raises. Management did not work to ensure I was paid fairly and I knew everyone else was being paid more than me.

    Technology is so behind. It hinders getting things accomplished on a daily basis.

    Career Paths aren't clear and it is hard to move up here unless you are friends with the right people. It is not how much work you do or how smart you are, it's all about who you know. Granted it is probably like that in corporate america period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people more and make sure you have the right people doing the right jobs. Please please invest in technology to make the business run better and more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Ok

    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  San Ramon, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    very good health coverage and pension

    Cons

    low growth and slow promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give good promotions

  9.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great people to work with and it's at a great location

    Cons

    big company, hard to move positions

  10.  

    Good learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work and opportunities to expand ones expertise.

    Cons

    Middle Management (Director/Senior Director) do not share information openly. Seems political. Senior manager level with 20+ years of service seem to act very resistant to outside hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience has been okay- company does well and their is longevity.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Great company culture- good benefits.

    Cons

    Management is VERY OLD SCHOOL. It takes a LOT of effort to get promoted in IT. Does not work the same in other departments. The leadership team in IT have a very negative approach on change management and have poor organizational leadership skills. They protect each other so don't get on leaderships bad side!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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