Southern California Edison Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Southern California Edison CEO Pedro Pizarro
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good in general depending on which department you are with (in 41 reviews)

  • Good benefits but for managers' favorites only (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management want to outsourcing american's job to offshore companies because they can and been awarding many bonus / stocks from share holder (in 15 reviews)

  • Work life balance sometimes lean towards work (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Drastic Changes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits Vacation Time Compared to the economy Edison compensates above average

    Cons

    Locations are going East Top Heavy Nepotism Not a lot of Diversity Laying off

    Advice to Management

    I get it, you are downsizing Edison to save the company in the future, but why not cut salaries and bonuses from Executives. They still maintain the same pay and are still getting increases. It's too top heavy. Most departments have 3 Supervisors, Sup1,2 &3, then 3 Managers, Manager 1,2,& 3 a Director a VP a senior VP. Mind they all are making 6 to 7 figures.


  2. Great time to join SCE!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are above average and work life balance is encouraged. The company is going through drastic changes to be prepared for the future and if well positioned could operate like a tech company. The new CEO has a forward thinking vision. I know many old timers gripe and moan about the company, but they are out of touch of what other companies are like and that they have it good. These negative attitudes are starting to see the light or move on...

    Cons

    Still some old mentalities that make your job more difficult

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and make sure visionaries and outside the box thinkers are rewarded, and not the old guard people that only manage up.


  3. Helpful (20)

    The ONLY Review You Need To Read.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front-line Manager in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Front-line Manager in Rosemead, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Let's be honest. The benefits/compensation account for 1 of the 2 stars I gave them. They are 10-15% (some cases, 25%) higher in compensation than most any other company (forget industry alone). However, senior management knows that too. In the company, it's called the golden handcuffs. Guess what? You want to find another entry level "Analyst" position that pays 65-70k + 8% bonus!? ha! good luck. Don't believe me, just validate that with Glassdoor. So what heppens is that then people become entitled. This is also with the executives who get bound to a company solely because they are not competent nor accomplished enough to work elsewhere in a similar capacity. I don't know many non-tech companies that pay Senior Project Managers north of $120k + 15% bonuses. Sure, I love the paycheck, but I am now learning there is more to life than dollars and cents. Trust me. Or don't, come and work here, be overpaid, and hate your job/life. I myself am looking and luckily, I can take a 15-20% paycut and not lose my home; but at least I can work for a company that I believe in and am proud to work for. The second star is for the fact that you can literally never get fired here. You literally have to lie, cheat, steal, or hit someone to possibly be considered for a suspension. You may say, great! That's awesome news, job security. Well guess what, every company, large or small hires a few knuckleheads or lazy people right? Well, extrapolate that for a Fortune 500 company like SCE and you get a LOT. To add insult to injury, overpay them too so they'll never leave. This company is so scared of lawsuits and terminations, that they do not get rid of underperforming or incompetent employees. They will either slap them on the hand and say never ever do that again or move them to a menial job so they'll quit on their own, or worse, promote them. Okay, stop laughing...it's true! In summary, good pay/benefits although given how they recently stuck it to the Union, we'll end up getting what they get, so it's unlikely the benefits are staying. With bonuses, we have little control so it truly is hit or miss, so most smart employees don't plan on ever getting one. Whatever you get, you get.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Well, let's talk culture/values/ethics. There is a lot of posters, talks from executives, and emails about how important the values are for edison. Publicly available, our values are supposed to be Integrity, Continuous Improvement, Teamwork, Respect, and Excellence. The big issue I have is with Integrity. We have a huge Ethics and Compliance Code and department that investigates issues and concerns. I have seen countless occasions where employees are let off the hook (namely senior managers/executives) for inappropriate behavior, remarks, you name it. Clearly, I can't cite specifics on Glassdoor, however, the integrity here is absolutely non-existent, from the HR group to the executives. I heard of a work location where a manager was creating a terrible work environment with employees having examples and witnesses to various incidents. What happened? You guessed it, absolutely nothing. That manager as of this review, is still there. Have we really learned from Rivergrade? Aside from them not doing anything, I honestly, cannot work for a company that believes in fostering a negative work environment where 80%+ employees despise coming into the office. It's one thing if executive management/HR didn't know, but it's horrible to think that they do know and choose not to do anything about it. That to me, is the worst thing you can do. Don't even get me started on their "Annual Performance Reviews"...picture a perfect Bell Curve. 80% of employees MUST fall into the middle rating of a C-/C/C+. 10% must get NI's (Needs Improvement) and 10% will get E's. They have calibration which should be to ensure that two folks in two locations with the same job title are consistently rated. Instead as you move up the food chain, it becomes a "macho man" match on who can put their employees in the 10% and god forbid we actually do have an "E" employee. Typical responses include: "Too bad, we already have 10% of E's, so they only get a C+ regardless of if they really do deserve an E." And when you try to defend with specific accomplishments, the response is: "That's part of their job, so no E!" haha! Really? You must literally walk on water to even get a C+ and the bell curve is unspoken of and denied at the upper levels, but it lives. Oh and pull up a job listing, see that line: "Performing other duties and responsibilities as assigned."? Yeah, you can thank HR's legal team for throwing that nice nugget in there. So that said, if we honor that, how can an employee ever go "above and beyond"? They can't because everything falls into your job description. Let that sink in for a minute. Got it? Okay, so we all feel like a mouse on a wheel and they are dangling an E in front of us. To the employees and recent employees who read this: Know that you're not alone and remember what your purpose and passion is in life. Respect yourself and know the company you work for. Red tape and bureaucracy is everywhere, but when things go bad, ask yourself why and what the company is doing about it. Be grateful for what you have but we need to break free from the golden handcuffs and realize that while money is important to live and provide for our families, it should never be the sole reason to work yourself to the bone. It's not worth it and soon this company will be left with the folks they chose not to deal with and will realize where their best talent went.

    Advice to Management

    Operational Excellence (OpX as it's infamously known) is here. Let's talk IT outsourcing. Now, as executives, I'm sure you all ran the numbers on the millions you think you are saving, but let me advise you from the actual folks working the front lines and need that IT team you "reduced." We call, we get India. Okay, so they got smart, instead of india, let's send them to some american guy in Cincinnati who has ZERO idea of any of the applications we use...but at least they're understandable.Now, no knock on Tata of India, they're doing what they do to make money off US companies like SCE, so respect to them, but I really wonder if our CIO said, hmmm, we're saving $X millions of dollars, great! My boss is going to love this, but wait, let me do some research on how much additional time AND productivity lost will cost me by going offshore. 15 minutes here, 15minutes there, given our grandiose hourly rates, they start adding up doesn't it? I've literally spent 2 hours on phone calls with IT within the first week of the transition. Conservatively, assume an avg hourly rate of $30/hr (some make more, some make less), that's $60 spent (more with benefits etc), plus the lost productivity of those 2 hours. Now, assume 80% of our 14,000 employees experienced the same time loss. I'm no math whiz, but that's $672,000 in wasted wages plus some other cost of lost productivity. I just cut into your "millions" in savings in 1 week. ouch. Now a few months into it, I wonder what that number is no? Like someone else said, I give it about 2-3 years before we start hiring back the same IT staff we let go. Now to the C-level stuff. Let me try and open your minds a bit. The traditional utility model as we know it is evaporating and think everyone in the C-Suite and VP-level can agree with that statement. Yet our company continues to email us directives and decisions based on "benchmarking data with other similarly sized utilities across the country." Now, I don't have a degree from MIT, CalTech, or Harvard, nor did I work for McKinsey or Bain so bear with my simple mind: Why do we continue to compare ourselves to a company in an industry that we all agree is becoming obsolete? For the simple folk, it's similar to if Circuit City benchmarked themselves against Best Buy rather than Amazon--and we all know what happened to Circuit City. We should be benchmarking ourselves against the companies set out to disrupt the energy market as we know it and other major companies that are taking our customers off the grid and eliminating ANY need for a utility. In summary, don't be a Circuit City.


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  5. 5 Stars!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Rosemead, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunity for advancement - Excellent Benefits Package - Knowledgeable leaders - Collaborative environment - Strong Work/Life balance amongst team.

    Cons

    - Leaving a fabulous team behind.


  6. Helpful (7)

    Company in flux

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Representative in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Representative in Rosemead, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    SCE has excellent benefits. There use to be a lot of room to move around the company; however, the company is reorganizing in order to better compete in a changing business climate. This has significantly reduced the number of opportunities to move around. I have witnessed that exceptionally high performers will be kept, moved around the company and promoted, which is great. The work is very intellectually challenging and interesting. I have been fortunate enough to be in a group with really great management.

    Cons

    SCE is going through a major cultural shift. There is still a huge portion of the employees and management that are used to the old way of doing things. They are used to slow, incremental change. An environment where the customer has no choice. Paralysis by analysis is still very common at the company.

    Advice to Management

    In the rush to become more cost competitive, I'm concerned there will be an over reliance on out-sourcing. I'm afraid the pendulum will swing to far toward out-sourcing and in a few years there will be a huge push to bring back certain functions in house. There already has been a huge debacle with the down sizing and outsourcing of the IT department.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern California Edison

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and bonus, very talented and hard working employees trying to make the firm a better place.

    Cons

    Slowly but surely taking away pension and benefits. Bain always there resulting in continued reduction of force. Keep employees on edge. CEO and President both hatchet men. Many serious errors during CEO time.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. Take a pay cut and feel some of the pain that you inflict on employees.


  8. Fantastic place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Old school company and old school benefits (pension, 401(k) matching) and good health insurance.

    Cons

    Management heavy. Too much HR red tape for annual reviews.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Company Outlook

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Long history in community.

    Cons

    Company is going through significant transformation, which could mean better opportunities or continued reductions.


  10. Helpful (6)

    HR Professional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay; work with great immediate peers and co-workers; good opportunities for growth and advancement

    Cons

    Company is constantly reducing workforce; unstable work environment; no trust in senior leadership; no trust in HR Leadership; many HR processes don't make sense and ruin partnerships with internal clients; standard vacation for new employees is two weeks which isn't competitive; too much favoritism with certain employees.

    Advice to Management

    Operational Excellence is a joke. Management should recognize that they have good employees and its the processes that are not "operational excellence".


  11. Helpful (3)

    Current Conditions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in La Verne, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in La Verne, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    SCE is a leader when it comes to employee pay and benefits. Many other companies benchmark against SCE to come up with standards. They have excellent advancement opportunities, education reimbursement and some of it's people are amazing to work with.

    Cons

    SCE is currently reducing work force, they have been doing it since 2013 and are following an outsourcing model to reduce their overhead. Currently our department is facing an 80% work force reduction and word is this will continue throughout for another 5 years. It is no longer a company to retire with. The current employees are good skilled people, it's a shame that they are letting them go.

    Advice to Management

    The wheel continues to get reinvented, processes and procedures have been in place yet with every new leader comes a different philosophy. In my experience, the new philosophies fail and end up being of no value and the old ways rise up again showing that the processes in place were valuable.



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