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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

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    Beware the Corporate Culture

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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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    Not my kind of place

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison

    Pros

    The benefits are good and job security is high because they seem to keep people forever -- regardless of talent

    Cons

    There is a general culture of mediocrity and unprofessional management. The work itself is kind of boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More leaders, less figureheads

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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