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8 July 2019

How is management perceived at Pacific Gas and Electric?

Pros

Pay is above average for cyber security roles. Hour expectaions are low, meaning theres little pressure to complete work quickly (until theres a crisis). I have a lot of autonomy. Even with the bankruptcy, am fairly secure in my position. Little outsourcing to other geographies.

Cons

All of my observations apply to IT and Cybersecurity only. Average output and work ethic in these groups is extremely low. Incidents and work requests often go unassigned for weeks or more and its difficult to keep people accountable for things. Escalating to managers is rare and when done, managers generally dont respond. Ive had to escalate and contact three levels up to get simple tasks done. Managers dont actively manage their reports unless theres a crisis. They want people in seats as there is little understanding of the work and how to manage by goals. The bureaucracy is maddening and managers are usually contributing to that rather than reducing it. They blindly follow rules and process such as beginning every meeting repeating the same safety rules. Im so tired of reviewing active-shooter safety rules multiple times per day. We emphasize safety only so we can say we emphasize safety. I dont think anyone is asking whether its actually effective. Management not understanding goal oriented management together with an HR incident in 2018 (where managers authorizing overtime for employees who werent working or on site) led to elimination of any remote work flexibility. A total overreaction. We used to be able to work remotely either for a day or a few hours to balance family needs. But at the beginning of 2019, Cyber changed its policy so all remote work requests require executive approval. There are some managers who will look the other way for a couple-few hours but most still require approval. My manager insists on it for even working remote a couple of hours. Facilities outside of San Francisco are often very basic or even shoddy. If considering a position outside of SF, make sure to tour the work site. Being outside of SF is also a career disadvantage unless your work site is a center for your org.

Management not understanding goal oriented management together with an HR incident in 2018 (where managers authorizing overtime for employees who werent working or on site) led to elimination of any remote work flexibility.

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5 September 2019

Is Pacific Gas and Electric a good company to work for?

Pros

Great culture, great opportunities for growth and development, great people

Cons

Daycare limited to GO office only. Need more opportunities for working moms. Need more part time and work from home opportunities.

Great culture, great opportunities for growth and development, great people

5 September 2019

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