Every person at PG&E is different. Yet you’ll find that we all have certain things in common. For instance, we’re all passionate about doing what’s right for our customers, our communities and one another. Each day, we’re committed to delivering clean, reliable energy to over 15 million Californians, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And that’s just what we’re doing today.
What’s in store for tomorrow? We have our sights set on nothing less than being the leading utility in the United States. It’s more than a goal, it’s our vision. And every individual on our team has a role to play along the way.
It’s an incredible time to join PG&E. But don’t take our word for it. Hear what some of our people have to say.
Marlin Ezell, Internal Communications
I’m Marlin Ezell, a communications specialist in Internal Communications. I’ve been with PG&E for over 7 months. In my role, I help to communicate what’s going on in the company to a diverse group of over 20,000 PG&E employees. There are so many ways employees get their information and everyone interprets things differently. It’s a fun challenge.
My favorite thing about working here is our commitment to the environment and the community—from the recycling bins in the break rooms, to our energy and water conservation efforts in our work areas, to the support and encouragement PG&E provides us in giving back to the community.
If you’re thinking about joining PG&E, I’d say do your homework before coming onboard. If you have the opportunity, talk to a PG&E employee and learn about our values and culture. Because when you come to PG&E, you’ll quickly discover that it’s not just a job, it’s a career.
What do I do when I’m not at PG&E? Well, I’m new to the Bay Area. So when I’m not at work, I’m exploring all it has to offer. I also like to go to the gym, play basketball and relax.
Ken Forward, Project Services
I’m Ken Forward and I’m a Distribution Project Manager for the Project Services department. I’ve been with PG&E for about seven years. Prior to joining the company, I worked as a general contractor for many years and studied electrical engineering. I use both my hands-on and educational background to problem solve in my role here.
What I’m most proud of as a PG&E employee has to be our response as a company and individuals to emergencies and natural disasters like the Oakland Hills Fire, Loma Prieta Earthquake and, of course, San Bruno. The people I work with on a daily basis are truly incredible.
If you’re thinking about joining PG&E, be ready to work hard and keep an open mind. Be prepared to express your ideas, share information, understand the processes, and keep the communication open and honest. Be patient but be vigilant.
When I’m not at work, I like to exercise, spend time with family and friends, and work on projects like old vehicles. I enjoy taking things apart and figuring out how things work. I guess it’s the engineer in me.
Steve Malnight, Integrated Demand Side Management
MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, 2005
PG&E’s MBA Leadership Program was a great launching pad for my career growth. Years later, now that I’m a leader here, I’ve come to realize that career development starts the moment someone’s hired. There is critical knowledge that can only be learned from insiders: How do I navigate the culture? What does it take to get ahead here? How do the company values translate into reality? Some of this should be imparted during recruiting. But it really starts to gel during on-boarding. So my advice to new recruits would be to learn as much as you can, as fast you can. Use your leader as a starting point and branch out from there.
Elaine Silveria, Payment Services
My name is Elaine Silveria, and I’m a Business Process Manager for the Controller’s organization. I’ve been with PG&E for 10 years. During that time, I’ve enjoyed working in many different arenas – from the corporate offices to the construction yards. I’ve found it all interesting and stimulating.
For someone just starting at PG&E, my advice would be to join the mentoring program and any of the employee resource groups to begin a rich network of contacts. Learn the core business as much as you can, and always look to where your next assignment might be.
When I’m not at work, I really enjoy my home: Being in the garden, enjoying the quiet, or listening to music. I also love to travel, and I make sure that I have adventures planned throughout the year to keep things exciting. Last year, I visited five ballparks over the summer.
Peter Simms, MBA Leadership Associate
MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, 2010
I went to business school after ten years in the military. So I was looking for an industry that felt as relevant as defending my country. What we do at PG&E is similar in scope in that we touch people’s lives every day through providing safe, reliable, and affordable energy to our customers. In order to meet those responsibilities in an industry on the precipice of change, our leaders must be driving policy discussions, seeking out pragmatic opportunities to leverage and integrate the latest technologies in our existing infrastructure, and anticipating potential paradigm shifts well into the future. You have the opportunity at PG&E to touch all of it.