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6 English questions out of 6

7 December 2018

How are the career development opportunities at Pacific Gas and Electric?

Pros

Benefits are good and career opportunities are available if you can play the “political” climate.

Cons

No work life balance and wage discrepancies. The company is going through a very difficult time and it’s working it’s management and frontline employees beyond safe conditions. Employees are being asked to respond to these emergency events for weeks at a time with no additional pay.

Advice to Management

Employees come to work to make money, not to work on weekends and be away from families for days and weeks at a time. R&R is not being payed out by management and anything over 8 hours is being asked not to be added to time cards during these events.

Benefits are good and career opportunities are available if you can play the “political” climate.

7 December 2018

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10 January 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at Pacific Gas and Electric?

Pros

Friendly, Big company with lots of opportunity for movement, 3 weeks paid vacation

Cons

Unfortunately negative press, nothing else to report

Friendly, Big company with lots of opportunity for movement, 3 weeks paid vacation

10 January 2019

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2 April 2020

Does Pacific Gas and Electric have any sort of mentoring programme?

Pros

Their pension and 401k back then was among the best in any industry. Many volunteer opportunities Lot of job shadowing and mentor ship opportunities as well Many of the employees there were really cool people. Management on the other hand have become a toxic club. They encouraged zero empathy. They are so far from their advertised culture, it's not funny.

Cons

If you're not part of the union, you will get the short end of the stick on raises, bonuses, and anything else. They promote *discussions* of safety culture, but it's completely superficial. It's just one more thing they need to identify employees who are not yes-men. With the exception of my first supervisor, people in my old team never spoke up in meetings anymore. Because the director at the time would always reject their ideas, yet openly ask for feedback as if he was accepting. And the supervisor who used to be a good guy became an a-hole when he got promoted. Something about becoming a supervisor at PG&E just turns you into heartless overseers. My main message is this: if you're not part of the union, you are expendable. I was supposed to have been in the union for the first 3 to 4 years. But it was not until I proved myself with another department that a union leader vouched for me only to break open a hornet's nest. It turned out I should've been in the union, but decided to fire me to cover up that mistake. If it wasn't a union contractor who helped with negotiations, I would've been dishonorably fired without severance pay. Also PG&E's HR is just as despicable. I learned the hard way that if you attempt to file a complaint about another employee, it's not confidential. And for attempting it, the employee (management) will retaliate and make your life miserable.

Advice to Management

It doesn't matter how good of an employee you were. If you do not know how to lead a team, don't. If you think punishing your employees for wanting to develop their career and being strict makes you a good boss, you are not. Everything comes full circle.

Lot of job shadowing and mentor ship opportunities as well

2 April 2020

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2 April 2020

Why do Pacific Gas and Electric employees quit?

Pros

Their pension and 401k back then was among the best in any industry. Many volunteer opportunities Lot of job shadowing and mentor ship opportunities as well Many of the employees there were really cool people. Management on the other hand have become a toxic club. They encouraged zero empathy. They are so far from their advertised culture, it's not funny.

Cons

If you're not part of the union, you will get the short end of the stick on raises, bonuses, and anything else. They promote *discussions* of safety culture, but it's completely superficial. It's just one more thing they need to identify employees who are not yes-men. With the exception of my first supervisor, people in my old team never spoke up in meetings anymore. Because the director at the time would always reject their ideas, yet openly ask for feedback as if he was accepting. And the supervisor who used to be a good guy became an a-hole when he got promoted. Something about becoming a supervisor at PG&E just turns you into heartless overseers. My main message is this: if you're not part of the union, you are expendable. I was supposed to have been in the union for the first 3 to 4 years. But it was not until I proved myself with another department that a union leader vouched for me only to break open a hornet's nest. It turned out I should've been in the union, but decided to fire me to cover up that mistake. If it wasn't a union contractor who helped with negotiations, I would've been dishonorably fired without severance pay. Also PG&E's HR is just as despicable. I learned the hard way that if you attempt to file a complaint about another employee, it's not confidential. And for attempting it, the employee (management) will retaliate and make your life miserable.

Advice to Management

It doesn't matter how good of an employee you were. If you do not know how to lead a team, don't. If you think punishing your employees for wanting to develop their career and being strict makes you a good boss, you are not. Everything comes full circle.

If it wasn't a union contractor who helped with negotiations, I would've been dishonorably fired without severance pay.

2 April 2020

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6 June 2020

How are promotions handled at Pacific Gas and Electric?

Pros

Good salary and benefits. For the most part, nice people around to work with.

Cons

Certain jobs could be stressful. Senior leaders not in touch with ground reality. They have their own agendas they want to pursue for quick promotions.

Advice to Management

Use merit as the criteria for senior leadership roles specially Director and above. Don't use based on personal relationships and liking.

They have their own agendas they want to pursue for quick promotions.

6 June 2020

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