Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.2 381 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.

Anthony F. Earley Jr.

(141 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Director's Assistant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsWhat I like the most working for PG&E are their benefit programs, pension plans, tuition reimbursement program, and as well provide a child center (using lottery system) for the employees. Most of the employees are very family oriented and friendly, they don't hesitate to tranfer knowledge. They have 24/7 IT support. They concern with your healty and safety at work.

    ConsThey needs do more work in their Talent Connect. Seems like the process is very slow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very stable environment. Committed to being safer.

    Ccsa (Current Employee) Rancho Cordova, CA (US)

    ProsI have been here for about one year and have had no issues. They give you the overtime you want as well as the days off that you need with no harassment. There is a well developed culture between the employees.

    ConsWhen people need technology assistance, It always seems to be an emergency. Maybe management could loosen their grip on their employees a little bit so they do not feel like their life hangs in the balance with every word document.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep making positive strides and keep making the safety improvements i have seen implemented in my short time with PG&E.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lot of opportunities! Great benefits!! Right time to join the company

    Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsOpportunities in many functional areas including rotational opportunities. Opportunities to work on many emerging areas such as Solar Power, SmartGrid, Environmental Protection (GHG/cap and trade) just to name a few. New leaderships attracting industry leaders. Great people to work with.

    ConsReactive rather than pro-active because of the current regulatory environment. Negative media coverage can be demoralizing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A pretty typical experience of working for a large company.

    Senior Paralegal (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsBenefits, relatively low stress level.

    ConsBureaucracy, reactionary rather than proactive management style.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company needs a new strategy for middle management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are pretty good, and the pay for management is average. If you didn't go to college, this is a great place to make good money, since unionized field workers often make much more than their non-union supervisors. People are generally nice and want to get along. Lots of training opportunities, volunteer opportunities and education reimbursement. Upper management is competent.

    ConsDon't expect to innovate here. Not much promotion from within. Highly political and bureaucratic management environment. Very hierarchical, and management expects automatic respect and deference just because of their titles, rather than earning respect through actions and leadership qualities. Mid-level management is especially poor and typically not qualified or trained for leadership. The rare, natural leaders are quickly promoted into upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend significant time identifying talent within your lower "management" ranks and promoting them into middle management positions. Look for well educated, intelligent individuals with a good mixture of technical expertise and leadership experience and/or potential, and give them challenging leadership roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This is an Accenture shop

    Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsClose to home so nice commute.

    ConsToo many people needed to make a decision.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of useless time consuming processes.

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    Good people. Mediocre management. Constant shift in direction.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of great people committed to their jobs, customers and company. Great place for learning about energy and utilities. Good training opportunities.

    ConsManagement often more focused on pleasing the level above them, rather than the people reporting to them

    Advice to Senior ManagementSlow down and push back (gracefully) on senior management to protect your teams

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company with multiple personalities and associated opportunities and challenges

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat pay and benefits, support for volunteering

    ConsDysfunctional because of several recent organizational changes as the company tries to reinvent itself in a hostile political environment. The company has significantly increased its middle and upper management bureaucratic bench-strength over the past 4 years without much improvement in profit or performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish standards for directors, managers and supervisors to collectively be more hands-on in their duties and should have better understanding of their team's activities. Hold them responsible and accountable for their performance and encourage them to empower their employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot of talented people hopelessly mis- and over managed.

    IT Architect (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsTalented people and a lot of resources. Good IT infrastructure, portable to about any location. Friendly on an individual level.

    ConsThe company purports to be into safety but the executive leadership doesn't pay for it--they would rather hire lawyers. The IT governance is super complicated and over the top. Just getting a project moving requires so much overhead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet real about protecting employees and citizens. Cut the internal bureaucracy by 80%--keep the solid technical people and project management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pleasantly surprised...I had low expectations and its worked out well.

    Communications and Training Expert (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsThe company operates like a large family. Many people have family members who work in the office. There really are all types of people working at this large 100 year old company. In my department there are many intelligent individuals and innovative efforts taking place. People care a lot about our customers and want to do better by them. There is a lot of company sadness about San Bruno. I have been impressed with the diversity in culture, work style, skill, knowledge.

    ConsThe company if very hierarchical, leadership holds tight to decision making and often struggles to make decisions. When they do decide, since they often do not consult with or trust their people, they end up making uninformed decisions. There is a lot of favoritism that occurs due to the strong family based culture. If you are the flavor of the quarter you will get the important projects, etc. The company is also often changing and reorganizing. It is great to work towards improvement, but pause and allow something to take hold. Due to the relationship with the CPUC, San Bruno, and other events the company is very risk averse. This is important for safety, but also stifles change, improvement, creativity and growth. Therefore, many aspects are constantly catching up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on building and establishing trust. This means humbling self and consulting with various layers of the large hierarchy. Make yourself even more accessible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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