Pacific Gas and Electric

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Pacific Gas and Electric Reviews

Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
464 Reviews
3.5
464 Reviews
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Pacific Gas and Electric Chairman, President & CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Anthony F. Earley Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance although it's depends on a group you work in (in 48 reviews)

  • ok pay and benefits but you may have to fight to get what they promised, they hire good people (in 24 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 9 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Electric Operations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Concord, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Concord, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    • Competitive Salary
    • Excellent Health, Retirement Benefits
    • Full Relocation Package
    • Retirement of 20% of the employees over the next 5 years leads to a great short term opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    • Too Much Chaos due to Change and Initiatives
    • HR too slow to deal with Salary Inequities
    • Company initiates changes for the sake of change
    • Work Life Balance is out of Balance in most Departments
    • Executives listen to MBA Interns over Seasoned Employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don’t be so hasty to cancel an Initiative in mid operation. Just saying that it is no longer an initiative does not mean that it stopped; only that the employees assigned no longer get credit. It is agreed that there are too many initiatives, but the best way to handle that would be with an Initiative Review Committee and a patient Work down of the ones that would be deselected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Still a great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Ukiah, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Ukiah, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great in certain roles and based on the manager a flex schedule is possible
    Salaries are competitive
    Great service territory with lots of opportunities to move throughout the company and hold different positions in ones career
    They offer a 75% match up to 8% of salary in 401k
    Still offer a cash balance pension to new employees. Not as lucrative as the past final pay pension but you're only going to get that with the thieving government

    Cons

    Lots of competition for promotions
    Company has had some major regulatory hurdles in the past 3 years
    The legislation is giving unfair advantages to the utilities natural competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight back against unnecessary intrusive regulation , let the public know that rates aren't being driven up by the company's management but by the utopian idiots at the CPUC and state Capitol

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Internship experience for two summers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Gas Operations Intern in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Gas Operations Intern in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a company with a lot employees who are friendly and helpful. A lot smart and dedicated people who love their work.

    Cons

    When there is a lot of employees you need a good management so I think PG&E lacks efficient management. Always there is a new rule which is sometimes kind of confusing and hard for implementation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a good company overall but still needs more improvement on good management and they need a lot changes on keeping the old records to a digitized system for the employees to easily access them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Intern Electric Ops Dept

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

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the office culture as an engineer intern. Employees there were really kind and nice, patient, and answered all my questions. There are great benefits for full time employees which do not apply for interns; however, 401k does.

    Cons

    There were times when I was doing work that was quite tedious but I think that is part of being an intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Stability, good money, good benefits

    Cons

    high work loads, a bit of incompetence at the mid manager levels

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

    Great work experience

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

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

    Pros

    Company values, work atmopsphere, work ethic:
    I found employees across the company very professional, collaborative, and genuinely willing to do the right thing.
    Hours of the corporate office are great. Benefits are excellent, and a pension plan, salaries can be very good as they want to retain the best people possible for the HQ office.

    Cons

    Conservative and sometimes a very stiff work atmosphere, executives make employees nervous as they have a great degree of influence. That sounds normal but it can feel very old school and a politically distracted environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing all you can to be state of the art in delivery of gas and elecrtric energy.
    Keep benchmarking with the best energy companies in the nation and the world.
    Show the nation what a california utility can be and should be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Computer operator.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, retirement plans, wages with less training for
    African Americans.

    Cons

    Dealing with upper management racist behavior.
    .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to every employee advises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    H/R

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

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

    Pros

    Short Commute is the best I can come up with for the required 5 words....

    Cons

    Just about everything else - terrible mid-management with no leadership skills. Feels like a group of "Stepford" robots who work out of fear. Everyone is graded on a curve, which makes your co-workers do everything they can to look good, including taking each other down. A real negative experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to take advice from others who have come from successful companies before they leave. The Directors of the groups generally shut this down, so it is a challenge to reach down to some fresh ideas, Leadership skills are lacking in H/R. People manage up well, but hide the dysfunction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    HR

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

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

    Pros

    Only thing I could come up with is employee discount!

    Cons

    Worst company ever. Terrible mgmt! Energy company that drains you! Ironic!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue your employee engagement lacks. Terrible leadership!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very Large company, unionized mediocrity

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

    I have been working at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Pros

    The pay is good, and hours are flexible. If you want to have a stable place to work PG&E is the place for you.

    Cons

    If you want to grow your career and continue your working knowledge technically, PG&E will stifle growth and promote mediocrity. The management on the IT side of the house have zero idea how to lead. They tend to micro manage most of the time and show very little interest in streamlining any of their long drawn out procedures. Hint, creating a runbook for GPO work is not realistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the layers upon layers of leadership and talk with your technical staff. Those middle management supervisors do nothing for your forward movement and end up justifying their own existence by micro-managing everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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