California Public Utilities Commission
3.3 of 5 19 reviews
www.cpuc.ca.gov San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 31, 2014

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82% Approve of the CEO

California Public Utilities Commission Executive Director Paul Clanon

Paul Clanon

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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An above average place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at California Public Utilities Commission

ProsGreat 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.

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

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Great experience but did not do much work

Utilities Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Prosflexible hours and nice full-time employees

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

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure interns have specific projects to work on

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lethargic and Inefficient

Regulatory Analyst (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsCutting-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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fantastic place to learn the industry

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at California Public Utilities Commission

ProsThe 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at California Public Utilities Commission

ProsOpportunity to make a difference for society by protecting utility ratepayers and doing good for the environment. If you pass probation, more job security than most jobs. Challenging work with bright people.

ConsPolitical decisions may trump good analysis. Opportunity for burn-out and disillusionment. May get stuck in a rut. No bonuses. Sparse raises. Bureaucracy can be slow and inefficient, for example, handling HR matters.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward good performance more consistently, with at least some praise. Communicate more with staff. Elevate your analysis.

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at California Public Utilities Commission

ProsIt was a very enjoyable job

ConsIt was only a temporary position

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Some good, some bad

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at California Public Utilities Commission

ProsIf you are motivated and interested in policy, this can be a very good place to work.

ConsCivil service atmosphere can be an issue.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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CPUC - energy division

Intern (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Prosmany talented staff, lots of room for educational development, the place to work if you want to work in energy policy in CA

Consstructural changes, some frustrated employees (some go home right at 5pm others regularly stay until 8pm, etc). Low salary for those just graduating from graduate school.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Red Tape

Human Resources (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsJob stability
Fairly defined work-hours

ConsRigid and too well defined roles-responsibilities
Challenging to move up

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great -- But I managed to snag an awesome supervisor.

Intern (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at California Public Utilities Commission as an intern for less than a year

Pros>Get to work on interesting projects with minimal experience.
>You learn a lot -- and quick.
>You can probably end up getting many job offers just by working there through the sheer exposure you get to the industry
>The atmosphere is definitely super friendly

Cons>It's still in many ways subject to the typical government work syndrome (some people totally checked out a long time ago, old computers,)
> Bureaucracy can be frustrating
>Salaries pretty meager

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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