California ISO Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
29 Reviews

3.9
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  1.  

    I learn a lot from CAISO

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Folsom, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Great managment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    California ISO - Information Technology

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    Former Employee - Systems Architect  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Architect in Folsom, CA

    I worked at California ISO as a contractor for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Pressure cooker

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    Former Employee - Project Management
    Former Employee - Project Management

    I worked at California ISO full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good pay. Challenging work with very sharp people.

    Cons

    Not enough management support on projects and a culture of pointing fingers rather than fixing the root cause. Shoot the messenger type of environment. A lot of politics between departments. The CAISO is way past it's days as a startup but has had trouble growing into a professional organization that cares about it's biggest asset...it's employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut through the interdepartmental politics. Establish a transparent environment rather than a culture of fear. Listen from the people who are actually doing the work rather than the filtered messages from managers.

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  5.  

    Nice experience

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    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be based on experience and performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A fantastic summer internship for students in the power systems field

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    Former Employee - Operations Engineer  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Folsom, CA

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Operations Engineering Planning Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Folsom, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fast-paced company

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    Current Employee - Customer Services  in  Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Services in Folsom, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the efforts of your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Sounded nice, not so much though...

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    Former Employee - Meter Engineering Representative  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Meter Engineering Representative in Folsom, CA

    I worked at California ISO full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    CAISO looks great on a resume, and depending on ones role it is a great place to gain exposure to other industry organizations. Nice benefits, decent salary, folsom is a nice place to work.

    Cons

    "People join organizations, but they leave their management"--one of my MBA classes. As previously stated, management is largely clueless to the technical aspects of the work they supervise and many decisions become largely "political" for lack of a better term. Kiss up and (maybe) get promoted, speak up and get fired. While good corporate policies exist, they are seldom followed which has lead to a poor image within the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, do the right thing, improve yourself because this can't last forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A mix of old and new people.

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Folsom, CA

    I worked at California ISO as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the technology
    Cafe was usually good.

    Cons

    It works almost like a pseudo government dept.
    If your not perm you don't seem to matter unless a perm backs you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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