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California ISO Folsom Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Great mission, smart people, dynamic environment, good benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • great place to work and good benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The team doesn't offer full-time to the entry level candidates even if they have completed an internship (in 3 reviews)

  • work life balance is preached not followed (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Support Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Support Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California ISO as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had a good experience while working at CAISO and feel my career advanced forward better than expected. I worked in the Critical Systems Support group supporting over 50 applications used in running the Energy Grid and Market. The expectations of management are reasonable and reflect the heavy workload that often is required to maintain a complex system.

    Cons

    There is a clear divide between Contractors and Regular Employees. About 1/3 of the workforce is Contractors with Full-Time positions rarely becoming available. Sometimes this tended towards a culture of "Tribal Knowledge" which made ramping-up in some areas difficult.


  2. "Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Experience! My supervisor was really good. The team I worked in is very friendly and helpful. All my questions were answered. Good learning experience for an intern.

    Cons

    The team doesn't offer full-time to the entry level candidates even if they have completed an internship. That makes sense since the job is demanding and requires experience. To add to it, if you're on a visa, its more tough to get a job there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Good learning opportunity for an intern, however, it would be great if intern to full-time conversion rates are increased in the company.

    California ISO Response

    Aug 17, 2016 – Director, Human Resources Operations

    Thank you so much for joining us this summer as an intern. We're glad you had a good experience and thank you for your feedback.


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    "Dir"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California ISO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very good benefits. Challenging opportunities focused on growth. Lots of work and requires a driven attitude.

    Cons

    Stressful but challenging . You need to be creative and focused on results.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to team members. Continue to coach and developed leaders .

    California ISO Response

    Apr 5, 2016 – Director, Human Resources Operations

    Thank you for your feedback.


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  5. "Accept another offer if you have one"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California ISO (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Facility is very impressive. Ample parking. Charging stations for electric vehicles. Stellar Security staff. Efficient on-boarding process. Can't think of much else that would be significant.

    Cons

    Decisions that should be made by upper management are too often left to lower management, who in turn rely too heavily on the unqualified input of team leads.

    Advice to Management

    Business Unit/Department Directors: When you have inexperienced, weak, or ill-equipped managers in place, communicate and get to know your lower-level employees, especially those who are new to the company. Familiarize yourself with their qualifications; get an idea what projects they're working on. Most importantly, don't form an opinion or measure an employee's performance based solely on someone else's input. TALK to the EMPLOYEE if his/her performance comes into question; give them a voice. Give them a chance to improve and succeed (you might find the problem has little or nothing to do with THEM). Learn ways to determine the motivation of those who report on the performance of lower level employees and/or contractors. Scrutinize their input. Solicit feedback from people in other departments who have worked with the employee. And finally, when you KNOW there's a problem, DO something about it before subjecting others to it (especially new recruits). If not in the best interest of the employee, then do so in the best interest of the company. Otherwise, you put CAISO at risk.

    California ISO Response

    May 2, 2016 – Director, Human Resources Operations

    We appreciate this feedback, thank you.


  6. "Employer of Choice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Outage Coordinator in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Outage Coordinator in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and salaries, Awesome building.

    Cons

    Very dynamic environment, must be be able to adapt to the changes.

    Advice to Management

    To be more considerate to older employees, always find positions that are more conducive to their educational backgrounds.


  7. "Treats contractors/consultants unfairly."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Quality Assurance in Folsom, CA
    Current Contractor - Software Quality Assurance in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at California ISO as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to the regulated and de-regulated energy market.
    Access to utility industry.
    Transmission and generation knowledge in California and nearby states.

    Cons

    Zero acclamation or motivation for contractors to work.
    Contractors are not invited to meetings properly and not updated about recent changes yet expected to get work done

    Advice to Management

    Please respect the contractors who actually put in a lot of work compared to the full time employees.


  8. "Senior Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California ISO (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good 401K benefits, good salary comparing to other local company. The company has a good balance of work and life.

    Cons

    A little too far from the San Francisco Bay area, but is close to Lake Tahoe.


  9. "Greatest job ever!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid-level Worker in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Mid-level Worker in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome leadership - from CEO to VPs. Change in culture that CEO is striving for is leading the co into not only top places to work in CA, but top places to work in the country!!

    Cons

    A few bad apples (entitlement issues - egos) still to be delt with. Goes hand in hand with one or two silos still standing.

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to continue with changing the culture - servent leadership style - push VPs and Directors to either follow along or get out of the way. Deal with the bad apples, don't feed the egomaniacs! Getting close, but there are still a couple of spoilers in the bucket!


  10. "it's a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Power Systems Engineering in Folsom, CA
    Current Intern - Power Systems Engineering in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at California ISO as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People here are very nice.

    Cons

    it's a great place to work. No cons until now.

    Advice to Management

    it's a great place to work


  11. "LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great and modern facilities, good pay and retirement policies, professional environment, located in a beautiful city.

    Cons

    Cooperation and information sharing among different groups are very limited. Also limited promotion opportunities and inconsistency in promotion decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be consistent with its promotion decisions.



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