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The Cons out-weigh the Pros

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Administrative  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
Former Employee - Administrative in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

Pros

Benefits...which most companies offer - health, dental,401k plan etc. There is a possibility of being ok if you manage to get in a "decent department" under decent management.

Cons

-Good old boys club in management - been at PG&E for years, but are not skilled or competant
-HR sides with management, so they can do whatever they want to you - harass, bully, unfair -evaluations, illegitimate demotions, discrimination, held hostage in your job when you want to transfer
Penalties for management when they do all the above are "getting a coach" or watching a video
-Excessive Top layers while cutting layers at the bottom, the ones at the bottom do all the work!. Thus most employees are overworked because they are doing not one, but two or three jobs.
-A whole bunch of re-orgs for no reason, Old school atmosphere, less advanced programs
*Older employees have voiced there suffering in this environment but hold on to hope to "start living" when they retire.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Legal intervention will cost the company greatly, so try to remain in compliance with company's policies and laws.

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    Pacific Gas and Electric--advancement and career development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Business Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong culture of hiring from within. Large organization, culturally acceptable to move horizontally into roles/jobs without substantial history of holding similar role. Personal relationships are the gold starndard for career advancement.

    Cons

    Lack or flimsy career development paths. Narrow and constrained role definitiion. Culture does not reward initiative or proactivity, rather it is punished and discouraged. Personal relationships are the gold standard for career advancement and/or demotion. If you are lucky enough to have a sponsor who is well connected in the organization, you can advance, if not, it will be difficult. Consultants tend to be brought on for interesting, strategic, or challenging assignments, and employees relegated to support positions rather than strategic input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    revamp rewards systems to support and encourage proactivity and initiative in employees. Finely tune career paths and competencies within career tracks. Offer more training tied to specific career tracks and give more budget to trainining employees for leadership positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -For an internship, good pay in addition to having decent, various benefits, such as 401k.
    -Friendly work environment
    -Steady 8-to-5 working hours.

    Cons

    -Was not given an office access card for a month!
    -Work was too easy at times; my supervisor sometimes ran out of legitimate work for me to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Found it a little difficult to interact with the management since they seemed so busy and occupied with other things. Could have wished to been given more direction. My direct supervisor was very good however at explaining the purpose behind the work I was given.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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