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California ISO Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
31 Reviews
3.7
31 Reviews
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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 (more than an 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
  2.  

    Not recommended if you have some other choice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California ISO

    Pros

    Gain experiences in different aspects in the electric power industry: planning, operations, electricity market, etc.

    Cons

    Almost no personal life. The compensation does not match work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate employee's performance based on work in stead of personal relationship

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Unrealistic deadlines to accomplish work. No career growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Folsom, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 (more than an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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.

  7.  

    Nice experience

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    • 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 an 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
  8.  

    Good company to work for

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    • 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)

    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
  9.  

    A fantastic summer internship for students in the power systems field

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Folsom, CA

    I worked at California ISO as an intern (more than an 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
  10.  

    Operations Engineering Planning Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Folsom, CA

    I worked at California ISO as an intern (less than an 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
  11.  

    Fast-paced company

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    • 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)

    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

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