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    Mecca. The Promised Land. Heaven on Earth. Pick One.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles Water and Power full-time


    I want to preface this by saying that a good amount of people who left subpar reviews - looks like engineers - make in excess of $100K. If you make that much money, I believe you can afford to put up with your typical bureaucratic nonsense.

    Like any government agency, there is always going to be a high level of red tape. Processes, forms, people…everything and everyone has been in place for years. If you are looking to change the world, this is not the place for you. You get paid the extra $$$ to go with the flow and not rock the boat.

    I’ll address the promotion issue. As with any agency, you have the beloved “deadwood.” In some cases, you have to wait till someone retires or literally drops dead in order to get promoted. This is why those employees in lower level or entry level positions make bank – it’s because you don’t know when promotional opportunities will open up. A Senior Clerk Typist has the opportunity to make in excess of $70K. I don’t know about you but that is a lot of money to file papers, answer phones, and edit documents. I have a friend who is a Finance Manager at a banking institution who makes less than that.

    Because a promotion is subject to an incumbent’s retirement, you play the waiting game. “He’s 50…he’s got about 5 more years to go…” is a common thought. I’m the youngest in my group by a long shot and about half of my co-workers are in their 50’s. If I wait it out, I’ll most likely get promoted within the next 5 years.

    This is not the private sector. You trade making big decisions for going with the flow. You trade the ridiculous working hours for a better quality of life. You get paid well starting out…on the off chance you don’t get promoted right away (even if you feel you deserve it).

    Most of my friends are busting their butts and working 50-60 hours a week to make what I make. I get 2-3 days off every month, accrue over 11 hours of vacation a month, and get paid well for a fairly non-stressful job. To me that is the silver lining.

    SuperPros: 100% Tuition reimbursement (this is unheard of nowadays), gym facility, cheap downtown parking, cafeteria, good salary, strong unions, proximity to Music Center and Grand Park


    So sometimes you don’t get promoted based on meritocracy and you have to wait till someone leaves. Have a six figure salary while you wait. Take some overtime while you are at it. Oh and can I buy you a free education while you wait? Send us an invoice and we’ll pick up the tab.

    Welcome to the government.

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Los Angeles Water and Power Interviews

Updated Mar 16, 2015
Updated Mar 16, 2015

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    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Los Angeles Water and Power.

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    I applied and around a month later I got a phone interview. The phone interview was around 30 minutes and consisted of behavioral questions and one technical question. Two people interviewed me. It was pretty okay; the interviewers were very informative. After a while, the interviewer started asking me about my hobbies and what I liked to do for fun so that made me feel at ease. Know your resume and you'll be fine.

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Website www.ladwp.com
Headquarters Los Angeles, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Government
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) keeps the movie cameras running and the swimming pools full. The largest municipally owned utility in the US, LADWP provides electricity to more than 1.4 million residential and business customers and water to 640,000 customers. The company has power plant interests that give it more than 7,220 MW of generating capacity; it also buys and sells wholesale power. Most of the city's water supply is transported through two aqueduct systems from the Sierra Nevada Mountains; other water sources include wells and local... More

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