PG&E is a very safe company to work for internally, at least.
Suggestions for improvement
- Get rid of PW consultants and trust your senior managers who have energy (PG&E) experience, understand the business, and will be responsive to their constituencies. PG&E is not an engineering company, though some consultants want it to run that way...totally devoid of the human factor.
What I like about the company
The company has two main locations, both very desirable. One is downtown SF in the heart of the financial district. That's great for commuting via BART and good for after-work socializing. The other main location is in suburban San Ramon, a very family-friendly area with great schools and amenities.
What I dislike about the company
This is not the old, friendly PG&E that was very committed to its employees (and customers). Following a PR debacle (the San Bruno natural gas explosion), the company decided to reinvent itself and put safety at the top of its strategic agenda. While safety is a very good thing, the company brought in lots of very abrasive consultants from Price Waterhouse and other organizations and gave them practically free rein over many departments. Unfortunately, the Price Waterhouse people, aside from being abrasive, have proved to be poor communicators and very impatient. It's hard to turn around a destroyer overnight, but they are trying. And destroying the old, friendly PG&E culture along the way.