Southern California Edison

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SCE - a good, stable company to work for

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA

I worked at Southern California Edison

Pros

The pay and benefits are great, and probably one of the last secure companies to work for with long-term stability. Several employees have been around for well over 20 years. The company has a good commitment towards developing in house talent with formal development programs.

Cons

With stability also comes a general lack of motivation among many employees. Upward mobility can be slow as a result.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Nice job with personal development program. Try to do something about complacent workers who've been around for years and no longer perform.

Recommends
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Edison Needs to Re-tool the IT Management Team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison

    Pros

    - Good people at the employee level.
    - Good management in some areas, particularly where managers are new to Edison.
    - Job security as a monopolistic electric utility.
    - Very little budgetary stress because there is no profit/loss pressure. Every five years the General Rate Case is submitted... shave a little... and approved for rate hike. There is very little follow up or validation that the proposed budget was spent as intended.
    - Lots of best of breed and "gold plated" technology, because of the lack of budget pressure.
    - Many layers of management to reward the long time employees.

    Cons

    - 100 year old company. Old fashioned. Fat. Slow to change.
    - If the energy industry is ever de-regulated in Southern California, Edison will be in deep trouble. They cannot compete with the current management culture.
    - IT Management is out of touch with the business and the real world. Most of the business units within the company have little or no respect for the IT department. There are pockets of resistance where the business is creating their own technology and their own support staff.
    - Poor leadership in senior level positions. Especially in IT.
    - Gold plated technology bought at top dollar becomes "shelf-ware"
    - Management culture includes passive resistance all over the company... smile and nod approval in meetings, and then undercut behind closed doors.
    - Ethics and integrity are in short supply among senior managers and long term employees in the role of senior manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Out with the old and in with the new! Al Fohrer's biggest problem is with the IT department. If he can fix it, he can fix many other problems in the business. As an example, the SAP, AMI, and Smart Grid programs are running well, because they are run separately! Here are a few suggestions to "clean house" :

    - Get rid of 90% of the senior management (Director and CIO levels) in IT, starting with the CIO. Chop it off at the head and rebuild using the staff and technology already in place.

    - Hire from outside.

    - Completely rebuild the IT PMO function. It is the single biggest problem for the business units. It is too big, slow, and bureaucratic! For the business unit, it is death by project "over-managment"!

    - Run the business with a budget. Provide more transparency to middle and senior managers. Make middle managers accountable.

    - Re-use technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware the Corporate Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Manager in Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Rosemead, CA

    I worked at Southern California Edison

    Pros

    Stable work environment (the utility is not moving out of state anytime soon) with good pay levels compared to similar work situations. Good benefits package, including a no-longer-common pension. Lots of opportunities for skill development and movement within the company.

    Cons

    There is too much emphasis on meeting meaningless and far from 'SMART' goals. A pervasive entitlement mentality of many employees undermines the morale of many business units. Widespread nepotism and favoritism are destructive and discouraging to those people who actually want to work. Way too much time is spent on monitoring employee performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to move or get rid of employees that are no longer able to do their jobs adequately. Their continued presence brings down morale and causes good employees to leave. Don't let Human Resources run the company!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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