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Southern California Edison Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
397 Reviews
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Southern California Edison President Ronald L. (Ron) Litzinger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is good in general depending on which department you are with (in 41 reviews)

  • This company offers good benefits and some longevity if in the right department (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of clear direction from senior management (in 15 reviews)

  • GONE are the days of work life balance and transparencies / accountabilities (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    If you want them, there are plenty of opportunities at Southern California Edison.

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Southern California Edison

    Pros

    Great compensation package; plenty of opportunities to advance; great relationships

    Cons

    Limited on-boarding; good mentors are difficult to find; not for those who are ignorant or condone organizational politics; work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really consider new ideas and approaches. The utility sector is going through a radical transformation and new ideas, processes, approaches are needed. Don't be the Kodak of the utility industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people and cool projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IAM Specialist in Irwindale, CA
    Former Employee - IAM Specialist in Irwindale, CA

    I worked at Southern California Edison

    Pros

    Always something to work on, not unwilling to explore new ideas and technology.

    Cons

    Can be slow moving and many people trying to do as little as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it moving, keep it exciting!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to have a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst IV in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst IV in Rosemead, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Training, compensation , Benefits and corporate life. The company has been going through some reorgs which is normal as the business is changing but once the dust settles this is a great employer.

    Cons

    Your experience will greatly depend on the manager you report to and the culture of that specific area of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on the employees and reap the rewards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good benefits, company cares about employees

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer III in San Clemente, CA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer III in San Clemente, CA

    I worked at Southern California Edison full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, fair dealings with employees

    Cons

    Big company, not very good at disciplining/firing poor performing employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work. Well paid positions. Solar power creates uncertainties

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business/Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Business/Financial Analyst

    I worked at Southern California Edison full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    SCE was a great place to work as far as a regulated utility is concerned. I observed that salaries (in the Finance area) are higher than in the marketplace as of mid- to late-2014, thus encouraging the competent and the less-competent employees to stay around. With minimal layoffs for poor performance, the weak employees stay employed long after they are productive for the organization, and this drags down overall company performance.

    Cons

    The company seems to be somewhat tied down and burdened by being a regulated utility that is overseen by the public utilities commission. Extra work and reporting adds to the overall cost of running the company and to the cost that us Southern CA ratepayers pay for our electricity. There appears to be a few too many layers of management that would be redundant in a more-competitive and market-driven company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company leadership (beyond HR) needs to identify, retain, and develop the good managers to become superior managers. There is no place for placing or pushing women and minorities into positions beyond their capabilities for the purpose of being regarded as a truly diverse company. This management “window-dressing” lowers morale and limits SCE from reaching its true potential.
    Continuous improvement needs to be instilled throughout the company from top to bottom- increased safety, improved efficiency, enhanced/improved systems and procedures will all keep the company on a path of growth and success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    The culture at SCE is very political.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time

    Pros

    SCE has very good benefits

    Cons

    No opportunities for career growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    N/A

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people, Good benefits, good food,

    Cons

    Too far demographically, for me

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Tension

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Rosemead, CA

    I worked at Southern California Edison full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pillar to post management styles consistently underestimate recruiter work loads and create no-win for clients.

    Cons

    Inconsistent performance guidelines lead to reporting based on personal relationships, not accomplishments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honesty really is the most powerful technique that you can use.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was once a great place to work in IT

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Rosemead, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to have a great culture and work ethic among all employees in IT. It was very easy to develop great relationships with those you worked with and for.

    Cons

    Since they began reorganization of IT, and the transition to managed services... The SCE IT culture has taken a serious nose dive. The company is looking to remove the "stale" knowledge and talent of their IT staff... but they are largely loosing their most talented and intelligent staff as they are looking outside the company so they can find a more rewarding and pleasant employer/company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously consider the losses in human capital that you are facing. Many companies understand their will be turbulence during these "transitions" to managed services... but also consider that without the right level of retained staff you might not ever fully recover from this transition period.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place for smart people, politics and connections is the buzz word here

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    Current Employee - Does IT Matter in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Does IT Matter in Rosemead, CA

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked in the company for few years and I wasn't too impressed, here is why, good and bad.
    1. Work life balance is good in general depending on which department you are with.
    2. Company promotes safety not that they love employees but they want to keep work loss comp low or zero... It is all numbers magic. It is good in a way for employees though.
    3. Not very stressful if you know the lay of the land.
    4. Some smart, hard working, intelligent people still survive and work there
    5. Average benefits, nothing great.
    6. Some great managers and great people value other opinions, tries to bring in innovativeness and build mutual respect.

    Cons

    1. Politics, connections are the key for your growth and sustenance.
    2. Very hierarchical and you will have to bow to your managers and superiors all the time otherwise you may be at risk with growth or even getting cut.
    3. Too many meetings and redundant processes, very primitive thinking and if you question or challenge management or colleagues your credibility and rapport is ruined, management doesn't care too much about innovative thinking and when team members challenge certain things.
    4. Safety practice is a overkill and head was spinning when I saw the extent of safety is forced on to employees and management wastes time and resources on it, it felt very silly and trivial literally to talk about staple pins and paper cuts causing injuries. Seriously, management should think that if you have hired smart people who can think and not autistic or mentally challenged, people know how to be safe for their own well being. Management was openly challenged on "How much is too much" but was ignored and brushed away.
    5. Lot of good people but know how to navigate and say yes, yes, yes to managers and complain on the back but they are the survivors and get promoted too.
    6. Flexible work is depends on the managers and if they think it is ok to do it or not otherwise it is a bad word around here.
    7. It is funny that whenever re-org happens favoritism and connections are the key words and the managers pets get promotions and the smart people who speak up or challenge processes will get into trouble.
    8. Long timers through their weight around as if they own company and pull random names out of the hat to get attention or get the things their way or get nothing done so to speak.
    9. Used to be a good stable place to work but the management has company and hired people just for their growth and visibility.
    10. Last but not the least, if you are vocal and speak up in meetings whether it makes sense or not, gets management's attention and you are deemed a leader or a value addition to the group, I don't understand in what sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please value resources deliverables, quality of work, value addition to the org rather than how long they have been on the org how much they can speak off topic in the meetings. Encourage transparency and open thinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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