California Public Utilities Commission

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California Public Utilities Commission Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
25 Reviews
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California Public Utilities Commission Executive Director Paul Clanon
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  1.  

    The management is clique-ish.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Public Utilities Commission

    Pros

    You get to work on great projects.

    Cons

    Low salary relative to industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest and transparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    OK for entry level

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Public Utilities Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Public Utilities Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at California Public Utilities Commission as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, good work life balance, good learning experience. Have many opportunities talking to people in the industry.

    Cons

    slow promotion, low salary. No strict deadlines between different project. Lot of paperworks. In fact, the employment process is extremely long. You have to wait two months after offer letter to go through the process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Purgatory at the CPUC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Public Utilities Commission full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good if in Energy Division, good benefits

    Cons

    If you are not in Energy Division this is a graveyard for ambition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to recruit driven and intelligent young people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    An amazing opportunity to make impactful energy policy or get your foot in the door of the energy industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regulatory Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at California Public Utilities Commission full-time

    Pros

    A regulatory entity that functions like a think-tank. The CPUC turns out great energy policy and makes a huge impacgt on the energy landscape in California. The staff are smart, ambitious, and frequently very down to earth people. Great work/life balance and job security"

    Cons

    Slow. It's a bureaucracy and promotes like it. Upward mobility is time-based rather than merit-based for the first three levels of analyst position, which can equate to nearly five years if you start from the bottom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to offer merit-based promotion, and incorporate more carrot/stick.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fabulous learning environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst
    Former Employee - Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst

    I worked at California Public Utilities Commission full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The CPUC is one of the nation's regulatory agency leads for developing and implementing a broad array of Climate change-related policies and programs so it provides a fabulous training ground. The CPUC has a cast of very bright, and in most cases, very fair and talented employees doing complex work so it can provide unusual public sector opportunities for professional development across cutting edge arenas in telecom, transportation, energy efficiency, long term energy procurement and planning, renewable energy, railroad, and water.

    Cons

    This is a very aging bureaucracy which needs refining to match more integrated regulatory approaches with less private utility sector influence. Like so many other public sector agencies, it claims to be a meritocracy but on the whole, it is a very vertical network of patronage-oriented relationships which largely determine one's professional trajectory.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved my old supervisor, waiting to see new one

    Current Employee - Program and Project Supervisor
    Current Employee - Program and Project Supervisor

    I have been working at California Public Utilities Commission full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can make an impact, and can work with some great people

    Cons

    Management views can change with the wind...

  8.  

    Great experience but did not do much work

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    Former Intern - Utilities Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Utilities Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at California Public Utilities Commission as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours and nice full-time employees

    Cons

    Not a lot of work to do. Many times did not know exactly what to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure interns have specific projects to work on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    An above average place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Public Utilities Commission

    Pros

    Great entry level position, you learn a lot fast and deadlines are spaced far apart. Many employees use experience at the state as a springboard to leverage a good offer in the private industry.

    Cons

    Very little training is provided, so the first months can be daunting. There are many employees that go through the motions and have the keen ability to shovel projects on less experienced analysts. Can be frustrating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More thorough training programs that teach the conceptual parts of the job. It takes about a year just to learn the proper legal procedures.

  10.  

    Lethargic and Inefficient

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regulatory Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at California Public Utilities Commission full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting-edge energy policy; good opportunities for lawyers, quasi-lawyers, and policymakers; extraordinary job security and benefits; seeks to include viewpoints of all stakeholders in proceedings

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; Very Slow and Inflexible processes; Lack of cooperation between colleagues and departments; centralized hierarchical management style is antithesis to Silicon Valley's decentralized and efficient management; budget cuts have caused serious understaffing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Base 25% of salary on personal performance; place higher value on employees with private sector expertise; greater focus on efficiency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic place to learn the industry

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

    I have been working at California Public Utilities Commission

    Pros

    The CPUC is a great place to learn the Energy Industry inside and out. You will also likely be put in positions to make a real impact relatively quickly. Finally, your co-workers are generally interesting people.

    Cons

    The pay is somewhat low for San Francisco living. Also, you will be working within a large bureaucracy with all the problems that can entail.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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