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"On Call" Meter Reader (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJanuary 8, 2018
As for the immediate management staff (meter reader managers and supervisors) they were was very fair as for direction, expectation and work load. When it came to Human Resources and Company policies, both were extremely unfair about their practices. As an example: when applying for a position, even though someone has PROVEN to be hardworking, reliable worker. he/she is treated no better than a group of individuals trying to get the same job from outside of the company (non-employees).
Pros
management direction and compensation
Cons
company politics and lack of ease to transfer to a different positon
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over all good
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CADecember 13, 2017
contracting for this company isn't great, but they treat their real employees awesome! Would not mind working here in the future as a full time employee instead of as a contractor.
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Vary from Department to Department
Designer (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CANovember 24, 2017
Working situation varies from department to department. Some departments require you to be in the office 9-10 hours per day in addition to working from home evenings and be on call on vacation days. Other departments have more flexibility on work schedules and styles. Can be a good working environment, but that would depend on the department.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
No work life balance, stressful work environment
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Productive
Driver (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAOctober 27, 2017
A company in which there are many chances to move up. Constantly learning something new and dedicated to hard work and great customer service. Would high recommend this company.
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Difficult times ahead.
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAOctober 19, 2017
The Investor Owned Utility (IOUs) business models are gone; technology has rapidly eroded and limited the business models growth and stability.

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is also a threat to the IOUs business models and is gaining traction as many Cities are evaluating the feasibility of switching to a community choice energy program in order to provide possibly cleaner and/or cheaper power.

Finally, working at SDG&E is difficult as the customer base/ratepayers are furious at SDG&E because San Diego has some of the energy highest rates in the country despite having one of the most temperate climates.

Talented employees are leaving the company in droves and the work/life balance is quickly deteriorating as more work is piled onto those remaining. Management does not want to replace employees as this would result in less earnings growth than the shareholders demand.

The future trajectory of San Diego Gas & Electric is not good.
Cons
Benefits used to be good, now very large out of pocket healthcare expenses. $800/month for HMO/ family of 4.
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Fun and competitive.
Energy Service Specialist II (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAOctober 14, 2017
I loved working for this company. It was really hard to leave. I moved out of state to be with my children. I gave them 15 year and it was well worth it.
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extremely competitive and stressful
Sr. Contracting Agent, IT/Telecom (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAOctober 3, 2017
The job was EXTREMELY stressful but the benefits were amazing. I had to leave this job because it became hazardous to my health. The most enjoyable part of the job were the internal customers, the challenging duties, and the pay. The most difficult part of the job was the politics that played a huge part of the position. I appreciate a company where you are judged on your ability to get the job done in the most effective way, not who you associate with outside the job hours.
Pros
satisfactory pay structure
Cons
too much politics
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Supervising Regulatory Affairs Manager (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CASeptember 25, 2017
Management wants you to succeed. It's difficult to be in a regulated energy industry, however, management is encouraging employees to think outside the box and be creative.
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Customer Service Rep
Energy Specialist (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CASeptember 21, 2017
Working in the call center at SDG&E was the absolute best job I have ever had! The work environment is absolutely wonderful, the benefits are top notch and the ability to advance within the company is unlimited.
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Extremely fun place to work
Electric Distribution Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CASeptember 3, 2017
A typical day at work is hard to explain since everyday was different. Sometimes I was fortunate enough to go out in the field with an experienced engineering analyst to see things in real life I've only studied about. I learned an extreme amount of information from multiple topics ranging from power quality, switches, transformers and overall being a world class engineer. The hardest part of the job was staying awake in meetings. Don't get me wrong, the meetings are interesting but everyone has a limit and sometimes that limit is reached before the day is over. No disrespect intended. The most enjoyable part of the job was all the projects I was exposed to. I highly recommend anyone in the engineering field to join the SDG&E team; you will learn, grow and make a difference in the world.
Pros
Great bosses; great work culture; fun work; beautiful city
Cons
Meetings that have the possibility of cutting into your time for work
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Average
Business Analyst (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 27, 2017
Average company to work for overall. Difficult to move up or get promoted. Work/life balance isn't great - time off is discouraged. Management is nice enough but they care more about you being a production mule than about you as a person.
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Meter Reader
Meter Reader (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 11, 2017
A typical day you would get there at meeting for 7 am. After meeting you would get you processor and the get your car and drive to your route. The job was on call so you never knew your work schedule but typically you would have a full time work week. They did not give benefits and you would still have to pay union dues.
Pros
Early day
Cons
Dogs
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Project Management
Customer Project Planner, Project Management (Former Employee) –  Escondido, CAAugust 8, 2017
Typical Project Planner day begins with voluntary group stretching in the parking lot. Then Planner project manages many assigned residential and commercial new business projects. Job includes plan reading and field work leading to design work on computer. Planner's objective is to produce a supervisor approved work order to install gas and electric service for customers. Requires much coordination with construction and follow-up communications with customers.
Pros
Safety 1st culture.
Cons
Lean staff impacts good customer service delivery
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flexible work place
Supervisor (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAJuly 25, 2017
flexible work place where management values work-life balance. Plenty or opportunity to move around and grow with the company. Competitive pay structure.
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They Mostly Hire Temps/Contractors
Program Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJuly 19, 2017
I enjoyed the department and team that I worked for. However unfortunately they couldn't hire me on full-time despite of how great of an asset to the team I was. SDG&E cannot keep temps or even do "temp-to-hire" after 1-2 years for the temps - unless you want to work in the call center (no thx!). It's BS if you ask me. But many companies rather hire temps these days to save money. SAD.
Pros
Great people, Diversity/Cultural Events
Cons
Lay-offs
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Supportive team members
Transmission Engineering & Design Project Advisor (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAJuly 4, 2017
The best thing about this company is the people. They genuinely care about your well being and are supportive of your personal and professional needs.
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Electric Utility
o Power Plant Engineer - Encina Power Station (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJuly 1, 2017
Traditional utility.

Work is compartmentalized. Culture is very conservative and hard to introduce changes or improvements.

Industry is collapsing because of solar panels and other issues.
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Typical day at work
ENERGY SERVICE SPECIALIST (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAJune 18, 2017
Non-stop calls from beginning to end with frequent calls for emergency assistance for payment or gas leaks.
Strict call center adherence policies.
Not enough room for advancement with limited possibilities.
Difficult to get vacation requests approved as it is seniority based, non permanent scheduling with 6 day weeks every other week.
Pros
on site cafe/ discounts around the city
Cons
monitored misc. breaks (i.e. bathroom, personal calls, etc)
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Productive and fun place to work at
Operations Assistant (Former Employee) –  Escondido, CAJune 13, 2017
Very professional and fun environment. Excellent training for employees. Diversity principled. Excellent benefits for the employees and their families.
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Good place to work the majority of the time
Senior Contracting Agent (Current Employee) –  Century ParkJune 7, 2017
Extreme amount of work but good benefits. The people are mostly friendly and there are many that are very smart and open. The cons would be too much work spread around to little of people.
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