MISO Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Enjoyed the team environment. They have some of the smartest people in the industry working for the company. You are constantly going to training

    Cons

    Using computer programs to make more and more business decisions. Upper management does not seem to understand what their customer base really needs or wants.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot replace humans with computers in all situations.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Downward Spiral

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, clinic, company is a large part of the industry

    Cons

    Not currently keeping up with the trends in the workforce (working from home, flexible work enviroment, salary). Stuck in old ways of thinking and needs drastic process improvement overhaul. Becoming a top heavy organization.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Needs process maturity and better time management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MISO full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. The majority of employees are friendly and professional. Management is actively engaged in promoting and supporting process improvement.

    Cons

    Much of the leadership either lacks time management skills or else simply pays lip service to the concept of work-life balance and thereby disrespects those who value family time. Despite the fact that employees contract for a 40-hour week, the expectation is that everyone should work far longer. It's not uncommon to see people working 50-60 hours every week as if the company is in a constant state of emergency. It's not.

    Advice to Management

    Don't add stress to employee families and dilute the value of their compensation by expecting work outside of normal business hours on a daily basis as if that's an unspoken requirement in the job description.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Transmission Planning

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transmission Planning Engineer
    Former Employee - Transmission Planning Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MISO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to learn about Energy Sector, Power Systems. Good for Beginners Better base salary. Good for Entry Level Engineers.

    Cons

    Too much politics in Upper and Middle Management. Getting recognized and due credit for good work may not happen. Very quite culture- no fun in working. People don't talk. Work - Life balance is often compromised. You are required to sell off Energy related Stocks, due to conflict of interest.

    Advice to Management

    Engage Engineers more in decision Making.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good and Bad - like any workplace

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MISO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    challenging work; nice office location and workspace; good benefits and salary, great people (generally)

    Cons

    Senior management not aligned regarding priorities; Middle management "in-fighting"; too much bureaucracy; low advancement opportunity; personalities overrule business

    Advice to Management

    Less bureaucracy; more support for individual contributors; don't allow personality conflicts and personal disputes between personnel to affect workplace successes and advancement


  7. Helpful (2)

    Avoid until changes occur in management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MISO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Carmel is a nice city for a family Benefits were top of the industry, but the industry has caught up

    Cons

    Management is completely out of touch Good luck looking for advancement, most positions go to people outside of the organization Leaders have no backbone against stakeholders. Not really "independent" Constant reorganization Silos abound, groups are becoming more and more closed off to protect their areas Mangement is old school boys club, they don't know how to manage an innovative company

    Advice to Management

    Leave. The damage has been done. I watched this place go from an inclusive environment that took care of people. Stop pretending this is a traditional utility that has been around for 100 years.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not sure about future

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MISO full-time

    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.


  9. Senior Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Eagan, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects, great leadership team. Some projects require a lot of innovative problem solving and strategic thinking.

    Cons

    Work life balance sometimes sacrificed if not managed correctly.


  10. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I got out when I did.

    Cons

    CEO is a huge slime ball. I wish member companies would figure this out.

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't let my dog work here.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place....for now.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.



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