Department of Economics

Andy Hays

  • Graduated: 2005
  • Field: Analyst/Consultant

Andy Hays, who graduated in 2005 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Business, is an auditor for Pacific Gas and Electric(opens in new window) (PG&E).  After graduation Andy worked for Wells Fargo(opens in new window) selling mortgages during the housing bubble.  Sensing that something was wrong in 2007, Andy left Wells Fargo to become General Manager for Game Stop(opens in new window) in Chico.  “The company merged with EB Games and the climate of the job became much more sales oriented rather than management oriented,” Andy stated in a recent email. 

In 2008 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and worked for Comcast(opens in new window) as a technician installing cable until 2011 when he began working for Gas Transmission Systems(opens in new window) (GTS), a local Chico business with an office in Walnut Creek.  Andy transferred back to Chico in 2012 still working for GTS as an Auditor for PG&E.  In 2015 he got a job with PG&E doing the same thing that he was doing at GTS but as an internal employee instead of a contractor.  “Basically what I do is ensure that all our paperwork follows the standards written by PG&E to avoid any possible violations to the California Public Utilities Commission(opens in new window) (CPUC). I can't get into specifics due to the non-disclosure agreement that I signed.”

“To be honest I don't use my Econ degree at all, but It is the only reason I have the job since in order to get hired I needed to have a college degree.   I would like to have a job that uses my Econ degree, maybe with the federal government, but government jobs don't pay so well.  I make decent money at PG&E and great money for Chico.” (Last Updated 8/15/16)