Everyone is paranoid about losing there job.
Lip service is paid to positive safety culture but the overall attitude amongst the rank and file is negative on everything else. The organization is overly siloed and not streamlined. Layoffs are done in secret and non-union employee morale is low.
Support from management
Management trades in positive lip service. Right now they are just looking to cut the fat. This is good but because the executives don't understand the common sense needs of individual contributing roles they are unable to leverage any optimization employee role reduction might bring.
Always done by necessity but never for positive benefit because employees are either paranoid or have low morale or both.
Freedom to work independently
All things are managed top-down. Input is asked for but the result seems to be that input is generally ignored for the sake of some "overarching" and immediate reactive need.
Yes but at times there are conflicting messages from "above" which tends to demoralize.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Because the company doesn't use newer tools working at PG&E can stagnate a career. Old tools are used to save money because the company has a declining revenue stream.
Office / Work Environment
The work environment is in need of an upgrade and ergonomic issues are dealt with by ergonomic contractors and a nurse line which basically is used to defray the impact of insurance claims.
Yes BUT the company is at odds with how they will be compensated regarding chargebacks and transmission fees related to solar. They paint a good picture around their participation but if they m demonstrated more advocacy for future charge back models instead of reacting to a slipping revenue stream the company good get ahead of the declining trends. It's tragic.
Rhetorically work-life balance is advocated but often deadlines and colliding initiatives continue to burn people out. There is no such thing at PG&E. After a decade there I found this to be the biggest lie there.
No. Bad public image. The people who work there are mostly uninspired and with only some exceptions not very intelligent
Jobs there are not stable.
Layoffs and buyouts are conducted in secret. People are literally disappearing.
Yes, the only positive thing about PG&E is that after the company makes horrible mistakes they take positive action and have a safety culture. But one could argue that the things affecting safety is not good awareness but poor morale.
I try to hide the fact I worked there. Which is why I left. Not only does the public view of the company have a corrosive affect on morale but management stating positive messaging creates a form of entrenched cynicism and a general feeling of managerial disengenuousness.
Inclusive / Diverse
Diversity of people is valued. It's the same as metaphorical haydes where everyone is welcome. What good is diversity in an undemocratic work environment. It's like working in Japan or a communist country.
Suggestions for improvement
- Management should step down and hire new officers after re-evaluating methods. If I were a CEO I would propose an across the board employee ownership initiative. Only by sharing in the ownership of the company mission will the company really be able to survive.
What I like about the company
Nothing overall. There are some really good people that do work there but the organization's problems kills the soul.
What I dislike about the company
Culture, management style, performance reviews, tech tools.