MISO Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Exciting company with lots of growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at MISO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work on interesting and challenging problems everyday to make energy delivery more efficient. Knowledgeable co-workers who can help advance your career. One of the best benefits packages in the Indianapolis area, and the pay is great.

    Cons

    On call support can be busy at times, and the work/life balance is not great when that happens. Compensation is good for on call, but it is still stressful. Priorities are constantly shifting, so be prepared to constantly adapt.


  2. Not sure about future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at MISO full-time

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

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good.
    Benefits are some of the best in the area.
    Work life balance is pretty decent.
    Carmel is one of the better places to work in Indiana.
    There are some really smart people that work here.

    Cons

    Morale over past few months is in the toilet. New CIO kicked off a re-org that saw many people "Un-mapped" which is a nice way of saying laid off. Big focus on process and a lot of changes which feels like too much too fast. Time will tell if things are a success or not but for now it is causing a lot of uncertainty.

    This company is ridiculously top heavy, how many executives, directors, and managers do you need for the amount of people you are being asked to manage? Apparently the answer is a lot because MISO keeps filling management roles while asking the regular folks to do more with less.

    Little to no advancement here.

    MISO is a non-profit so budget is razor thin. Seem to spend money on frivolous things to celebrate things while telling the rest of us to tighten our belts.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest with your employees there is a severe disconnect between upper management and regular folks.

    Expect smart folks to walk out the door over the next few months if you don't change perceived attitude.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at MISO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    competitive pay, good benefits, good bonus plan retirement savings. They have an intelligent workforce. For some flexibility to work remotely.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, highly regulated, in flexible, very few opportunities for advancement, priorities are on budget compliance, but not cost control. Poor processes across multiple divisions.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the rank-and-file who are doing the daily work. There are suboptimal processes in place that breed inefficiency,


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place....for now.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at MISO full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great (possibly the best) pay and benefits for the Indianapolis area
    Depending on team, work/life balance can be very acceptable
    Free energy docking station for your electric car
    Doing something that actually matters in the world

    Cons

    Culture is non-existent as a company. If you work here, you need to hope your team is great, otherwise you could have a wildly varying experience from someone else
    Company is out of the "start-up" phase and therefore promotions and movement is much harder to accomplish
    No brand recognition outside of the company
    Company is looking at doing a re-org per division currently which could mean heads rolling
    Tons and tons of red tape everywhere hindering your ability to get the job done efficiently and in a timely manner
    Extremely meeting heavy company. Wastes a lot of time you could be productive. The running joke is that MISO will have a meeting that discusses upcoming meetings.
    Company keeps hiring executive leadership and making the company very top heavy. Would be OK if this company had 5000+ employees, but at 800 employees, there is no reason to have this many people in leadership positions.

    Advice to Management

    Create a brand that will attract top talent. Consider trimming down upper management to make company more efficient and less costly. Keep improving pay and benefits to retain talent. Currently pay and benefits are a strong factor for keeping employees rooted to their seats.


  6. Very good company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at MISO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a good place to learn all kinds of knowledge in power systems and electric markets. People are very nice.

    Cons

    The schedule could be really tight sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    NA.


  7. Lack of transparency and communication, too many managers that are incompetent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at MISO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits including medical, vision, and dental

    Cons

    1. Read about discrimination and retaliation on the EEOC and you will find issues with the company
    2. Supervisors change rules and have do not have transparent rules of arrival time.
    3. Supervisors can be incompetent and do not have the technical knowledge to know if employees are doing a good job
    4. Supervisors have been unprofessional and watch over certain employees while allowing others to do as they wish
    5. The employees that have been there a while have taken over the departments and do not allow others to grow as they are unprofessional and try to hold new employees back in order to get larger bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    1. Follow up with complaints that have already been filed against the EEOC
    2. Be transparent with HR and all other departments so that employees are not discriminated against
    3. If a whole department is allowed to come in whenever they want do not force and discriminate one person on the team to come in earlier than all others
    4. Start making a difference in the company and not just collecting a paycheck


  8. A Summer Intern's Viewpoint

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Intern in Carmel, IN

    I worked at MISO full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Company Culture
    Great Middle-Management
    Emphasis on Learning and Development
    Easy-going Work Environment

    Cons

    Existence of Silos
    Relatively Low Compensation

    Advice to Management

    Keep it Up!


  9. Excellent company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at MISO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, excellent benefits and some real good opportunities to grow in the company

    Cons

    too many layers of management


  10. Good place to work on a variety of problems.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Market Engineer in Carmel, IN
    Former Intern - Market Engineer in Carmel, IN

    I worked at MISO as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The nature of a lot of the teams here means that you will work on a wide variety of problems. Interfacing with a lot of stakeholders means you get a very broad perspective on the electricity industry, making this a great place to make contacts and start a career. Horizontal mobility is above average for an organization this medium size. Hours are good and the company culture is pretty relaxed (except when it comes to security/data protection).

    Cons

    Many of the employees seem bored with their jobs and uninspired by management. Although you get to see a wide variety of problems, you don't necessarily get deep into them and develop solutions. Serious software development is done by outside vendors. Change is very slow (nature of the industry).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what gives employees grief day-to-day (such as IT processes). Focus on improving these things and employees will be more motivated.


  11. Good Place to Learn and Grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer - Shift Operations in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer - Shift Operations in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at MISO full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    this organization allows you to grow and become a better employee. I really enjoyed working in the real-time group, and it is a good place to work overall. At times that work is challenging and the hours are long but everybody is in the fight together and you do not feel like you are left alone. Also the flexibility of hours and the management styles of most of the managers are very good and promote a work-life balance

    Cons

    as with most small companies it can be a bit cliquish. However most of the managers are fair and adhere to the rules and apply them to say the same to all the people. The processes around software changes are quite cumbersome and can be frustrating if you are in certain groups such as real-time operations, but it is still a good place to work.

    Advice to Management

    my advice to management would be to have more technical skill development for most of your employees. There are a lot of smart people at this company, but if you don't develop your peoples technical skills did it doesn't matter how smart they are. Also if the human resources department could have less say on promotions and moves within the company that would make things a lot better. Often times the human resources manager more or less can dictate who can or cannot take a position regardless of what the manager's stance is.



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