Southern California Edison Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (13)

    What a terrible shame!

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    Former Employee - Project Analyst III in Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - Project Analyst III in Rosemead, CA

    I worked at Southern California Edison full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (what's left of them), decent pay.

    Cons

    SCE was once great place to work, in many departments you felt like a family, but those days are long gone. In my 15 years there, I saw and heard so much, including the shooting of three managers in the IT department by a mistreated employee, and the mismanagement of SONGS, particularly the equipment failure that eventually lead to the closure, and dismantling of the plant, (at the customer's expense.) In the past few years, many valuable long time employees have been laid off, reason being 'downsizing.' While this is true, why are new employees constantly being hired off the street, why not move the current employee to another position? If they're being replaced by outside people. that's not really 'downsizing', it's just basically 'out with the old, in with the new.' The knowledge, experience and value of a long time employee is not easily replaced, yet management continues to let these employees go, and bring in new hires. It's obvious managers just want to get rid of certain employees, the ones they're intimidated by and/or the ones they're afraid will speak about their constant verbal abuse. It's no secret that SCE has a BIG problem with middle management. (There's a complete 'Incident Management Report' on the Internet that the public can access and read. It was put together by an outside source who interviewed several employees throughout the company, many of those employees were soon after targeted for 'lay off.' SCE is full of 'cliques', and if you're not part of one of those cliques, you're a sitting duck, meaning if lay offs come around to your department...."LOOK OUT."! Rumors are there will be many more lay offs in the coming years, including many this year.....if you plan on working here, think hard, then think again.... and whatever you do, stay away from the Customer Service Organization, rumor is that some departments within customer service will be outsourced to India, The Philippines, or some other country that offers cheap customer service assistance.
    I would only recommend this company to someone I didn't like.

    Advice to Management

    Until you get rid of the abusive managers in middle management, the company will never recover from all the turmoil it's gone through in the last few years. Why do you lay off a group of employees, and then the following week promote some of the employees left to higher jobs? And why are abusive managers promoted to higher management jobs when many of them are the source of so many problems in the company? If you really want to see ' Integrity' and 'Respect' throughout the company, you need to listen to the employees, NOT the mangers who are constantly lying to you.

  2. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Great people and cool projects

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    Former Employee - IAM Specialist in Irwindale, CA
    Former Employee - IAM Specialist in Irwindale, CA

    I worked at Southern California Edison

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

    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 Management

    Keep it moving, keep it exciting!

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  5. Helpful (6)

    Transtion to Managed Services

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern California Edison

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

    Pros

    The company will decrease their operating costs by eliminating the need to fund employee pensions and benefits and hiring 3rd party vendors to perform the work that employees did in the past.

    Cons

    With the company exporting jobs overseas, they are not assiting in the US Economy. They will be adding to the US unemployment figures. The company's sevice level will decrease in responding to support calls, i.e. help desk, trouble resolution. The vendor employees will demonstrate the undying commitment that is present in company employees. Any addtional work, will require changes to existing contracts.

    Advice to Management

    We understand the stratigic goal on wishing to decrease operating expenses, however we must not ignore the mission of the company, "provide safe and reliable service to the customer's." The savings the will come about need to be returned to the ratepayer and not share holders.

  6. Helpful (9)

    Waiting On Bain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern California Edison

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

    Pros

    You'll get paid every two weeks until the "intellects vast, cool and unsympathetic" running the place decide they can outsource you. They just hired a Power Production division manager that in three month has NEVER visited a single PPD site but DID hire Bain Capital his first week on the job.

    Cons

    SCE is on the glidepath to death. It's an electrical utility company that is run by bankers, makes less than 5% of its own power, and has run off maybe 70% of it's trained technical workforce. Apparently they think they can continue to get paid for wheeling in the most expensive power they can find indefinitely. I can't wait for the Feds or the State of California to "nationalize" them, but since so many of the folks in office are too technically clueless to understand the importance of the electrical system mebbe not.

    Advice to Management

    Do everyone a favor and turn over the operation to the State of California. It's obvious you are not interested in your public charter.

  7. Great Place to have a career

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    Keep focusing on the employees and reap the rewards.

  8. 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)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, fair dealings with employees

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Business/Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Business/Financial Analyst

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (6)

    Tension

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    • Senior Management
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (6)

    Was once a great place to work in IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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