New York ISO Reviews

Updated May 5, 2014
Updated May 5, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    IT professional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York ISO

    Pros

    Work life balance. Great place for electrical engineers who want to be power markets and economics side

    Cons

    Limited career growth largely because it is small company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Research Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York ISO

    Pros

    Good working environment, lots of learning experience

    Cons

    no cons, nice company with hardworking and technical people

  3.  

    If you are old and you want to retire in a calm and quiet place then this is the perfect place.

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Rensselaer, NY

    I have been working at New York ISO full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really quiet, is a perfect place if you don't want to do too much.

    Cons

    Really quiet? They will only hire you if you already have lots of experience. This place is not for recent grads.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good company to work

    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Albany, NY

    I have been working at New York ISO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place to work; good benefits

    Cons

    none at this time for nyiso

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    I got 99 problems, but this place ain't one.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY

    I have been working at New York ISO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Basically one of the highest paying companies in the area. If you're in the energy industry there aren't many other places to work near Albany. New facility. Cafeteria. Year-end bonus. Cost-of-living raise. Good benefits. Work from home. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Competing with everyone in your department to get a promotion. Only 1 promotion per department was given out last year. HUGE differences in pay. Even people that work on the same team and do the same work (or less) can have a $30k disparity in salary, which also means a big difference in bonus pay. Management likes to play favorites and give the best opportunities to their friends and the "yes" people. I've watched people sit on their hands and get rewarded while hard workers get the short end of the stick. Smart people that WANT to work end up leaving the company for more challenging endeavors. People that want to simply coast, stay under the radar, and conform are the ones that stay for 20+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't trust everyone in a management position. Just because someone is knowledgeable in the industry doesn't mean they will make a good supervisor or manager. Invest in employees who show interest in advancing and don't shoot them down when they try. But honestly with your salaries and bonuses what do you care?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Simply awful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

    I worked at New York ISO full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent compensation package. Great 401K match and above average salaries.

    Cons

    Management is aloof and arrogant and treats individual contributors with complete disrespect. Decisions are made solely based on political favoritism, rather than what is best for the company. There is an unacceptable level of bureaucracy throughout everything the company does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some people from outside the Energy industry to bring in some fresh perspectives on how good companies are run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you dont like working

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Rensselaer, NY

    I have been working at New York ISO full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy to earn your pay

    Cons

    Boring work, lifestyle, town, state

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop creating thousand of tiers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough environment for the rank and file

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rensselaer, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rensselaer, NY

    I have been working at New York ISO

    Pros

    healthy paychecks, generous benefits, modern clean building, free parking, bored only if you want to be, better than civil service

    Cons

    High stress environment. Company goals set by the board of directors at the beginning of the year drive all business decisions during the year. Culture encourages managing up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate leadership in the management ranks. The board of directors should let management manage the company. Executives should spend some time with the rank and file.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    A hard place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

    I worked at New York ISO

    Pros

    Few places to work in the capital region

    Cons

    Weak leadership that focuses on favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the work

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company started out lean and productive...

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Albany, NY

    I have been working at New York ISO

    Pros

    It has kept focused on reliability of electric supply.
    It provides a decent benefits package after 10 years of service, but sadly, they recently ended the pension plan.

    Cons

    It is a political bureaucracy.
    Management is not trained or professional.
    Senior management is out of touch with most daily activities.
    The BOD has incompetent, inactive, and politically motivated members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Initiate mandatory monthly department staff meetings for VPs and demand open dialog from managers and supervisors at those meetings with all staff in attendance, then elicit secure and confidential feedback from staff about that dialog.
    Understand staff are knowledge workers; those who have the knowledge or demonstrate operational competence are high value and should be rewarded as such - and those who do not also do not deserve to become managers and supervisors.
    Management meetings are largely wasted time and effort that could be better spent by stakeholders identifying problems and resolutions instead of inventing superfluous tasks for staff.
    Don't get too stringent about dress codes and work spaces -- people sometimes perform better when they feel better.

    Disapproves of CEO

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