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5 people found this helpful  

Stay away from from certain departments

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  • Senior Management
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Current Employee - Tech Specialist in Rosemead, CA
Current Employee - Tech Specialist in Rosemead, CA

I have been working at Southern California Edison

Pros

Great place if you want stability, offers great benefits and profit participation. Depending on management, can be a great place to work. Depending on your work group, opportunities for growth. Once you're hired by the company, you're practically guaranteed lifetime employment as company is reluctant to fire people with known workplace problems.

Cons

* 18 month residency rule--you must be in your current position for 18 months before you can apply for other jobs. Even if you get promoted, this resets your 18 month clock. I've seen management promote people just so they don't transfer out after their residency ends (tip: you can turn down promotions).
* Uneven promotion criteria. I've seen people get promoted who don't even meet the criteria outlined by the Manager 3 of what it took for promotion (none of the promoted met the criteria).
* Lack of qualified managers or management training. For example Cost Estimating is being run by an MBA grad a couple years out of business school who said he wanted to make employees happy, wanted to focus on career development, wanted a work environment based on respect and teamwork; but has made decisions and changes that proved quite the contrary.
* Very bureaucratic company. Lack of teamwork. I agree with the reviewer if there was an open market, SCE would be very slow to make necessary changes. Right now, it's an overbloated company. Seems like more managers and employees are hired to fuel bureaucratic needs (i.e. managers hired to coordinate expectations and requests between two work groups).
* Bad hiring decisions. I've seen managers with hardly any applicable experience and no people skills being hired. For example the managers running TDBU Cost Estimating have no actual cost estimating experience and haven't even gone through the process of estimating a project. They make major changes without even consulting existing employee.
* Too many employees close to retirement who are just phoning it in. Seriously, this is a drag on morale as younger people are picking up the slack.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More two-way communication between management and employees. There should be something that allows employees to provide feedback about management. This would greatly address many workplace issues.
More management accountability when it comes to workplace issues
Don't be afraid to fire people for fear of lawsuits

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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
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