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"Senior Management at CPUC-- Living in a Fantasy World"

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Former Employee - Regulatory Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Regulatory Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Medical and Health Benefits are good.

Cons

Senior Management in Community Relations and Education Division had little regard for people performing work on the front lines in consumer-facing roles.

One senior manager, barely looked up from her blackberry long enough to even acknowledge members of the public attending community meetings on contentious matters.

Overall attitude of most senior staff is this: less interaction and input from members of the public, the better.

I personally witnessed the management over inflate the outreach numbers at a number of poorly-advertised, and very poorly attended "We Care Week" events designed to make newly unemployed California residents aware of reduced utility rates. The director claimed several thousand attendees at such events held the week of April 20-24, 2009 throughout the state.

As a former staffer attending events, they were extremely poorly attended. Not enough advertising, using social media, or other innovations in advertising (influential blogs, facebook, targeted media sites).

Advice to Management

CPUC is beyond repair. Of the commissioners on the board, the ones that appear to be the most studied are obvious if you attend one of the twice monthly meetings. There should be a maximum of two-terms on the board including the board president. who was re-appointed by the Governor of California recently.

The employees are civil-service, so it is impossible to change management

Other Employee Reviews for California Public Utilities Commission

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    "Taxpayers Beware!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you have no motivation or skills, would like to sleep at your desk, get 13 paid holidays a year (Cesar Chavez day?) and tons more vacation and sick leave, work 6 or 7 hours a day MAX, and spend most of your time reading a book, this is the place for you. Heck, you don't even have to show up for work. Most of the time no one would even notice.

    Cons

    An agency past its prime that serves no useful purpose. Unbelievable deadwood at every level, working on "programs" that are irrelevant to the people of California. People sleeping at their desks is an insult to the taxpayers. The State no longer has a hand in regulation of utilities (thanks Gov. Schwarzeneggar) so even though that sector could really use strong intervention, the CPUC is not in a place to implement that -- esp. with ultra-conservative, pro-industry GOP appointed leadership. The amount of waste is astonishing and what little work there is, has largely to do with "administrative" tasks of no great value to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Close down this extraneous, unnecessary and outdated agency and distribute the tiny amount of REAL work to other groups.


  2. "Good People, good work, bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Public Utilities Commission full-time

    Pros

    Smart coworkers and interesting work

    Cons

    Sometimes hamstrung by management desires

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