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San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
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The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies, in addition to authorizing video franchises. Our five Governor-appointed Commissioners, as well as our staff, are dedicated to ... Read more

Mission: The California Public Utilities Commission serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy. We ... Read more

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    Former Employee - Legal Support Supervisor /Agenda Clerk of the Commission in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Support Supervisor /Agenda Clerk of the Commission in San Francisco, CA
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    I worked at California Public Utilities Commission full-time (More than 3 years)


    A gateway into the Pandora's box, embracing the pros and the cons of government administrative utility regulation in the public eye, under scrutiny, but still given the opportunity to learn, and acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities from adaptive behaviors, adaptive mannerisms and adaptive leadership to leave the Commission with my head held high


    The workload for the unit I oversaw was superfluously increasing as time passed by, with more proposed decisions from the Administrative Law Judg3es (ALJs) and less STAR Secretaries (Support to ALJ Requests( to take on the assignment of taking a PD from its baby stages, and guide it through its fruition to a Final Decision.

    Advice to Management

    Give my former STAR secretaries Range B or reclassify the positions of Legal Secretaries to Judicial Secretaries II or Judicial Assistant.

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    Utilities Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at California Public Utilities Commission (San Francisco, CA) in October 2016.


    Apply for the exam and if selected, be invited to take it. The exam comprises of basic engineering questions that, as long as you're decent with energy calculations, should be pretty simple. Once you take the exam, it is graded and then you're given a Rank.
    As jobs become available, apply, and if you're in a higher rank, be invited for an interview. The interview consists of basic behavioral questions and nothing too technical. Prior to the interview, research as much as possible on the role, and especially the job description. Be honest, as the interviewers take notes during the entire session. Answer questions as clearly as possible and don't hesitate to ask for clarification if something didn't seem clear to you. Be yourself, be confident, and comfortable.
    From applying to take the exam to being invited for the interview took about 2 months.

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    • Describe a time you had to deal with an adversity and how did you overcome it? Describe a situation where you had to make a critical decision (what was the issue and how did the decision turn out)?   Answer Question


    Your experience and education determine the salary range. Negotiation not necessarily needed.

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