California ISO Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. The best (and hopefully last) job I've had

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

    I have been working at California ISO full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Leadership has a strong emphasis on communications and culture. It's always made clear how my personal goals relate to corporate goals.
    Company also has a strong emphasis on helping employees to build retirement plans.
    This company has spent more on my training than all of my other employers combined.
    Pay and bonuses are extremely competitive.

    Cons

    Entrenched silo culture is still present and slowly being eroded away. This sometimes leads to political battles over what seems like minor issues, but it's becoming less and less common as time goes on.

    Advice to Management

    Recent efforts to make individual members understand how their efforts affect the company are paying off, and corporate culture change, although slow, is clearly happening.

  2. LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES

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

    I have been working at California ISO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great and modern facilities, good pay and retirement policies, professional environment, located in a beautiful city.

    Cons

    Cooperation and information sharing among different groups are very limited. Also limited promotion opportunities and inconsistency in promotion decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be consistent with its promotion decisions.

  3. Unrealistic deadlines to accomplish work. No career growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Systems Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Current Contractor - Systems Engineer in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at California ISO as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary.
    Good benefits.(Management provides best facilities for their employees to work).
    Good cafeteria.

    Cons

    Weak and Inexperienced Management.
    They won't provide you proper training. They toss you into the projects directly and expect you to finish the work like an experienced professional.
    If you're working hard, you'll be given more work.
    Similarly if you're not working, you won't be given any work.
    Cheap Politics in Promotions.
    Higher Management treats other departments as "Nothing".

    Advice to Management

    Plan properly.
    Hire experienced project managers instead of inexperienced candidates.
    So that way you can escape from the "unrealistic deadlines" you face for every release.

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  5. I learn a lot from CAISO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Folsom, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Folsom, CA

    I worked at California ISO as an intern (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's a good company to work with

    Cons

    If you are looking to grow in a company then that is where you should strive to be

    Advice to Management

    Great managment

  6. Helpful (2)

    California ISO - Information Technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Systems Architect in Folsom, CA
    Former Contractor - Systems Architect in Folsom, CA

    I worked at California ISO as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    High Pay for the area. Good benefits. Nice working conditions. Coworkers appear to be concerned about "keeping the lights on" for the State of California.

    Cons

    Poor Management. Even the CEO, Steven Berberich appears to be more concerned about politics than any other topic.
    There are hundreds of people working at CAISO. Do we really need this many highly compensated people to prevent price gouging when California buys energy? CAISO appears to be another bloated "governance" agency. This agency could be replaced with a much smaller and efficient organization that does the same work. Some managers at CAISO are highly unethical.

    Advice to Management

    The advice to management is two fold. Manage staff fairly, rewarding those who add value. Fire those who do not.
    For personal growth, many people who work at the ISO do not know what they do there. Make sure each employee passes a training curriculum each year educating everyone on how ISO works from all aspects. There is only a monarch at CAISO and he makes all the decisions. Change this and the org will improve.

  7. Nice experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Regional Transmission Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Regional Transmission Engineer in Folsom, CA

    I worked at California ISO part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Moderate pressure, nice colleague, chance to get in touch with industry problem

    Cons

    A lot of time spent to do trivial simulation and analysis, which is necessary for industry but not good for self-development

    Advice to Management

    Promotions should be based on experience and performance.

  8. Good company to work for

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

    I worked at California ISO full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits, competitive pay, CEO/management makes a good effort to communicate company direction, new building and good office supplies, dynamic environment where employees can be exposed to the power industry. Good location (close to Sacramento, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Tahoe, among others).

    Cons

    Most times you are working to be extremely efficient with work. There is always more work that you can possible do and therefore employees have to constantly juggle different tasks and reevaluate priorities on the go. There are opportunities for growth but you have to keep on your toes and and ask for it, specially in the IT department. Also there are many silos throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure when new projects are approved that you have considered the resources available. Often times a high load of work is dumped in already overloaded employees. Also make sure to recognize individuals hard work.

  9. A fantastic summer internship for students in the power systems field

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Operations Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Former Intern - Operations Engineer in Folsom, CA

    I worked at California ISO as an intern (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The office culture is fantastic, with everyone looking to help out and teach the interns about all aspects of the company. The compensation is very fair and the perks include an onsite gym, volleyball court, and co-workers that schedule outside events regularly.

    Cons

    The location in Folsom is good for someone who likes a quieter life, but the nights and weekends left something to be desired.

  10. Operations Engineering Planning Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Folsom, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Folsom, CA

    I worked at California ISO as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great workplace
    Encouraging team members
    Challenging tasks and great mentoring
    Lot of things to learn
    People are accessible
    Will be respected as an intern
    get a chance to meet CEO and upper management

    Cons

    Recognition of work done by the managers
    Seen some politics
    People are very busy some times
    Unless and until asked, work will not be given

    Advice to Management

    Give work to people according to their backgrounds. Otherwise, keep it up!!!

  11. Fast-paced company

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

    I have been working at California ISO full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with a very diversified group of people, who are highly intelligent.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to get promotions. No succession planning for most employees, only select positions.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the efforts of your employees

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