Pacific Gas and Electric

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  1.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electric Business Support Specialist in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Electric Business Support Specialist in Vacaville, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and room for growth

    Cons

    Departmental Communications and Tenure Policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with the employees in the field,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Underwhelmed by management

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

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

    Pros

    They have good benefits, training opportunities, enjoyed working with my individual team.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management, Lack of decision making by leadership, lack of strategic direction. Annual performance review system needs a complete overhaul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for a bit to learn about energy industry

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

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

    Pros

    Other great people who are trying to scale energy efficiency
    Biggest energy efficiency portfolio
    Great office location
    Good work/life balance
    Sit/stand desks

    Cons

    Regulated utility (and the regulators leave something to be desired)
    Great at acquiring good talent, but not so good at keeping it
    Meetings, meetings, meetings
    Email, email, email
    Mediocre middle management- they love to promote good individual contributors but not good leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the real leaders, not the ones who "manage up" but are really only good individual contributors
    Work on employee engagement and actually care about it
    Try to be more innovative or you might look back in a few years and find that disruptive technologies and nimble companies took your business while you were busy in a meeting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to contract

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good location in Financial District
    Interesting work
    Good opportunity to learn about regulated industries and how to move work forward under numerous constraints

    Cons

    Highly political
    Nepotism
    Short-sighted mgmt team
    They almost never convert contractors to perm, even when they clearly should

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring outside consulting firms so you don't have to commit to head count and grow your staff to meet needs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great pension if you can put up with the poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Nice pension plan if you stay over 5 years

    Cons

    Poor management and HR policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing. There is a reason why you keep making negative news and getting sued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    PG&E - a lot of systemic issues

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Quite a lot of good people there, scattered throughout the organization.
    Good benefits package.
    Well contributes to and supports contributing back to the community.
    No shortage of work to be done and opportunity for improvement (that's both a pro, and con).

    Cons

    IT is pretty messed up and is not run anything like a top-notch IT organization (okay, so it's an energy company, not an IT company, but still ...). Some to much of that may be history of how it got to where it is, and much of that legacy remaining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Live by the Rule" - too much attention to rules, not enough attention to common sense and warranted exceptions.
    Too much attention to watching the nickels ... and missing the dollars in the process (and much spending of dollars to save nickels or less). Stop treating employees/contractors like a nanny state - give them access/power - and responsibility - if they mess it up, get rid of them, in the meantime stop gumming up everyone's productivity.
    PG&E is of sufficient size it ought also be a top-notch IT organization (or nearly so). I've never before seen IT run that poorly on that large a scale. You need to actually very well listen to much of the excellent talent you have, and (mostly) do what they say to well improve things. Too much "top down" management that's relatively oblivious to the degrees of inefficiencies and effectively mandated waste in the (figurative) trenches.
    Many bad historical and current practices still need to be fixed, e.g.:
    "You find a problem, you are responsible for fixing it" - no, not just *reporting* it, but burdened with all the extra hassles of correcting it. Of course that causes lots of folks to want to turn a blind eye to problems - which of course could result in things blowing up in one's face - not what one would want to see (again). There's a lot in the culture that's broken, and needs fixing. Don't know if the problems are "at the top", but they're at least well up the chain from where most of the workers are doing the work - many serious problems that need to be fixed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great friendships with co-workers, poor work-life balance and constantly changing expectations.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Higher than normal salary for the area, good friendships have come out working here, ability to learn a great deal outside of your area of interest.

    Cons

    Very very poor work-life balance efforts on this company's behalf. Mothers and new fathers should steer clear of working here. Employees are expected to manage work loads that should be covered by several people. Inconsistent Management styles. Some are very approachable and some are very brutal. There's a big population of employees eligible for retirement and hardly anyone replacing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the ever-constant changing initiatives. Hire more people! Please stop over working your employees to save a few pennies! And please follow through with work life balance for families. You are loosing quality people by demanding too much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principal

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

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

    Pros

    Tries to make good decisions to always do the right thing.

    Cons

    Benefits could be improved for employees, too much negative media exposure, poor employee performance rating system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Good intentions don't necessarily deliver"

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    Compensation OK, parking is expensive but BART is a good option for many. Although there have been numerous promotions during the last 3 years the employees

    Cons

    Training is almost non-existent, tribal knowledge is the norm. Every month or so, the management team is facilitating a re-org and is more focused on where they'll end up at as opposed to working with their direct reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices and interact with your teams and provide the much needed training. Procurement department does not have adequate process documentation in order to ensure the best deals are being realized for California.
    Benefits are comparable to that of other energy companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Learning Coordinator in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Learning Coordinator in San Ramon, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Employees engage with each other. Busy work.

    Cons

    Personal politics bureaucracy. Interim management needs more training on personal personnel issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support for employees with invisible disabilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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