Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 27 September 2014
Updated 27 September 2014
410 Reviews
3.4
410 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
156 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 46 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • A few permanent employees made complaints to Upper Management, but no action taken (in 24 reviews)

  • Depending on the organization and your title, there is little or no work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    stable

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    • Career Opportunities
    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits

    Current Employee - Senior Applications Processor  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Processor in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, time off policies, work life balance, lots of employee discounts

    Cons

    personal growth, career advancement, leadership

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  5.  

    Overall best company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRM, Career  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - CRM, Career in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Love the people! Feels like one big family! Very flexible with family needs. Great Benefits!

    Cons

    Salaries are restrictive, if you are hired at a lower pay then a coworker and end up preforming better there is the potential for years of raises before you make a comparable salary. They do not do a good job of giving raises to equalize coworkers based on skillset and actual performance. Favortism occurs like in any workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As mentioned salaries should better reflect actual performance and not be hung up on starting salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Stable, supportive, good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    There is a great sense of community here. You are able to move around to different departments fairly freely and gain access to management easily. I feel like management really cares about the success of the company and its employees. Great work life balance too!

    Cons

    Parental leave policy needs some work. Just added the Wellness Center but could offer more employee benefits. Frustrating to see jobs posted that are already earmarked for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, strong sense of public purpose

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    Former Employee - External Relationships  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - External Relationships in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong, accountable organization, clear lines of sight to goals, common alignment among teams -- everyone is rowing in the same direction. Solid development programs, pay and benefits are very competitive.

    Cons

    Nobody loves their utility company, so you need to check your ego at the door, and remember this is a regulated public utility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire your communications leaders and get a fresh start.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer I  in  San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer I in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A relaxed environment even when there is a lot of work to be done. Great benefits. Every other Friday off, unless your project demands otherwise of course.

    Cons

    Pretty big divide between the different departments. PGE has a lot of offices, so every time there is a change in management, project scope, or there is a reorganization in the company it is time to move around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Gas Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Gas Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pacific Gas and Electric has many career advancement opportunities and believes in promoting from within. They also offer great pay, good benefits, and pensions. The employees culture is one of great pride and a love for what they do. The pros far out weigh the cons.

    Cons

    Mid level management is often very short sighted and more focused on their own personal gains rather than the company's overall success. Often mid level management is woefully under qualified for the positions which they hold but because of their tenure they are allowed to remain until expiring into retirement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Established organization with many opportunities. Big name respected in utility world with good benefits.

    Cons

    Established organization can be slow moving. Culture very rigid. Slow to change and innovate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Do your homework before working for this Company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are some construction jobs and professional jobs within PG&E that are well paid with good benefits. It seems that there are long term employees in general that are loyal and stay long-term. Many in management have relatives they recommend for jobs at this company, so the environment seems "very connected."

    Sorry, but I would strongly suggest if considering employment here, check out the management if possible and see if there have been complaints - might be worth knowing.

    Cons

    From what I experienced as a new employee, it was poorly managed, unorganized, and had no established processes or training for newer employees. One-week-new hire- employees were training One-day-new-hire employees. Work was haphazardly put together in order to meet deadlines. This was confusing. When a new hire made an error, the Supervisor could be pretty vicious in return to the person. A few permanent employees made complaints to Upper Management, but no action taken. Unfortunately, problems continued. People wanted to leave. There was intolerance from supervisor towards employees with a disability! Racist remarks were made against a black-male contractor by another employee, supervisor did nothing about it! Sorry, but I can't give this company a good review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management needs to take employee complaints seriously. My advice to Management and the CEO, do not ignore employee complaints. If there is a problem brought before you, check it out thoroughly. Provide a safe "open door" to employees (both contracting and permanent) and allow them to talk about a problem without fear of losing their job. This would be a better solution than losing employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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