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Southern California Edison Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
343 Reviews

2.8
343 Reviews
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Southern California Edison President Ronald L. (Ron) Litzinger
Ronald L. (Ron) Litzinger
170 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company has great work-life balance, usually many opportunities to volunteer (in 33 reviews)

  • Excellent pay, great benefits, professional development opportunities (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard work is not rewarded but if you are buddies with Senior Management you are set maybe (in 14 reviews)

  • GONE are the days of work life balance and transparencies / accountabilities (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    They are a great organization to work for.

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    Current Employee - Procurement Agent III  in  Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent III in Rosemead, CA

    Pros

    I like there diversity and they are great people working there

    Cons

    when you are a contract and have been doing the job for more than a year and once it opens as a full time position you do not automatic roll over to full time. You have to apply for the position and most of the time they hired some for outside. That make not sense

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nuclear Security Officer  in  San Clemente, CA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Security Officer in San Clemente, CA

    Pros

    Good benifits, Pay is excellent and fair for whatever your position.

    Cons

    Work life balance sometimes lean towards work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company running into a storm

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    Current Employee - Staff  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Good work life balance, benefits, good public image and pride of serving community. Employee loyalty is second to none.

    Cons

    Monopoly utility business model result in government style accounting model, lead to lack of efficiency, unable to adapt, connected inner circle and heavy politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although this is a monopoly business, it is not necessary to run business as like a government agency. With privileged resources, you can still run the company with a more competitive style. For example, instead of restrict organization into functional group, allow multiple groups carry similar function and let the dynamic of competition to select the best result. Many technology companies are famous of running in this model. Albeit not every organization functions fit this model, this proves to be the most effective way of exploring into new innovative business areas full of uncertainty and competition, a new trick hundred year old utility company inevitably must acquire in near future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Way too many managers and not enough individual contributors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pay is good, most of the people are kind, helpful and hardworking. They also will contribute to the cost of your education,

    Cons

    The workload is tremendous and there are too many politics involved in trying to get simple assignments completed, too many hoops to jump through and heaven forbid one of the people holding the hoop is not a team player.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you went through a "weeding out" of sorts in the garden that is SCE, however, so many more cuts need to take place in-so-far as management is concerned. Individual contributors are overworked because the management structure is horrible. The mission statement is adhered to only when it's convenient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Analyst  in  Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - Market Analyst in Rosemead, CA

    Pros

    Pay is ok, people are friendly, nice benefits

    Cons

    Lots of meeting with no result.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A learning one .

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    Former Employee - Meter Reader  in  Menifee, CA
    Former Employee - Meter Reader in Menifee, CA

    Pros

    The pros for working for this company is the benefits they are excellent, Also the people you work with those are the things about the SCE

    Cons

    Now I think they could have took better care of there empolyees that were lay off and instead of have the a computer replace them they should have made sure they were replaced in a nother position ranther then lay off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen more to your employees there the ones that are out in the fields dealing with the customer day in and day out .

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loved working there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist Scientist IV  in  Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist Scientist IV in Rosemead, CA

    Pros

    Great people to work with and for.
    Great pay $$$,$$$.
    Great benefits.
    Great retirement benefits.
    Educational reimbursement.
    Potential upward mobility every 18 months.
    Excellent severance package (if needed). They take care of you!
    If they like you, you are golden to them and they will not get rid of you.
    I worked there for almost 17 years.

    Cons

    Many employees did not have a college degree.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Arcane/Inappropriate/Inequitable/Impractical IT Employment Practices

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cybersecurity Specialist  in  Baldwin Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Cybersecurity Specialist in Baldwin Hills, CA

    Pros

    Great resources enable many opportunities. Other than how I was treated after the hire of new management that blatantly favored "their own" employees, SCE allowed me to make unprecedented breakthroughs in my line of work that are widely recognized by cybersecurity professionals, worldwide and for which opportunities I shall be eternally grateful. Unfortunately, executive management is so detached from any perception of key IT practices that they have little notion of proper IT management methods and no one in a subordinate position are incentivized to point out problems. The recent (since the deadly 2012 shootings at the IT facility) Executive Open Forums and similar initiatives may create a communications bridge between staff and management that should eventually reap positive results, particularly for IT.

    Cons

    Extraordinarily prone to cliquish management styles leading to crass favoritism and subsequent punishment of the unfavored. E.g., Several "Chairmen's Award" recipients violate company stated values of behavior completely beyond the view of executive management. Current practices do not acknowledge to possibility of, let alone detect nor deter, sociopathic personalities.

    Executive management perceives IT specialists as interchangeable with other non-IT roles. E.g., the stated policy for advancement has employees transferring to unrelated departments (i.e., utility industry 100 year traditional pre-IT "cross training" model) while IT specialists' career paths would not have them transferring even within IT.

    Executive management perceives IT specialists as commodities and have no awareness of any extraordinary employee accomplishments unless the employee is "favored" by middle management which typically doesn't happen, as lower management levels fear being outshined by subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exposing Chairmen's Award candidates to anonymous line employee vetting/comments may enhance the program's legitimacy and value. Allow only one employee comment per candidate to avoid negative "bombing."

    Immediately invoke a program that encourages, recognizes and rewards "IT industry leadership" behavior, especially when recognized by non-company IT industry entities (contractors, vendors, industry groups, etc.,). Implement an IT advancement program that takes into consideration typical IT career development and paths as separate from "traditional" back office and field occupations. (Hint: There are reasons people go from the field into IT, but usually, not the other direction.)

    Involve third party HR analysts to annually review IT staff accomplishments to ensure equanimity within IT to discern practices of favoritism. Use as a success metric whether the program reveals tendencies toward favoritism.

    Changing the general "It is what it is." defeatist approach to IT management to a proactive "It shall be as it should be." attitude toward IT development and implementation will go far toward reversing the chronic trend toward devolving, ineffective, IT capabilities. Eliminating quid pro quo modes of decision making that seems endemic to public and semi-public organizations should be addressed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Different place to work these days

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Rosemead, CA

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are among the best

    Cons

    Reductions in force leave you wondering who is next

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Southern California Utility (SCE)

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    Former Employee - Project Analyst  in  Irwindale, CA
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Irwindale, CA

    Pros

    This company offers good benefits and some longevity if in the right department. There are plenty of knowledgeable employees who are willing to share information.

    Cons

    This company has been going through massive layoffs for the past 18 months and plans to layoff more employees in 2014. Be careful when applying for position, especially in the customer service unit. Also, excessive nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Additional in-depth human resources training is critical, especially with regard to labor laws and employee relations issues. If the training is comprehensive and Enforced this will certainly uplift moral and foster trust between employees and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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