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California ISO Reviews

Updated March 30, 2017
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Pros
  • great place to work and good benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • CAISO looks great on a resume, and depending on ones role it is a great place to gain exposure to other industry organizations (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)

  • I can't think of anything negative to say about the company (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Internship"

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    • 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.


  2. "employee"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California ISO full-time

    Pros

    Laid Back, No Rush. Friendly People.

    Cons

    Low tech, Unfocused management style, too much fire fighting.

    California ISO Response

    May 22, 2017 – HR Manager Operations

    We appreciate your input. Thank you for your comments.


  3. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California ISO (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture.
    Very approachable co-workers/managers.
    Good overall learning experience

    Cons

    I didn't encounter any when working as an intern

    California ISO Response

    May 23, 2016 – Director, Human Resources Operations

    Great to hear that you had a positive intern experience with us. Best wishes to you back at school!


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    "Dir"

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    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.


  6. "Accept another offer if you have one"

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    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.


  7. "Employer of Choice"

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    • 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.


  8. "Senior Engineer"

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    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!!"

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    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. "LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES"

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    • 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.


  11. "The best (and hopefully last) job I've had"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California ISO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leadership has a strong emphasis on communications and culture. It's always made clear how my personal goals relate to corporate goals.
    Company also has a strong emphasis on helping employees to build retirement plans.
    This company has spent more on my training than all of my other employers combined.
    Pay and bonuses are extremely competitive.

    Cons

    Entrenched silo culture is still present and slowly being eroded away. This sometimes leads to political battles over what seems like minor issues, but it's becoming less and less common as time goes on.

    Advice to Management

    Recent efforts to make individual members understand how their efforts affect the company are paying off, and corporate culture change, although slow, is clearly happening.


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