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"IT is being gutted"

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Former Employee - Project/Program Manager in San Clemente, CA
Former Employee - Project/Program Manager in San Clemente, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Good Benefits, longstanding corporation, Good community involvement.

Cons

So Cal Edison is undergoing an ill-advised initiative to cut costs by going to a managed services model for IT. Most, if not all, of IT will be eventually outsourced to vendors.

Advice to Management

The loss of knowledge and expertise will be grievous. Being dependent upon outside vendors will be disastrous.

Other Employee Reviews for Southern California Edison

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    "The days of work/life balance are heading down the drain."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Rosemead, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits. Opportunities are there if you are willing to do sell your soul to your manager and he/she is part of Sr Management "in crowd", you will be on the fast track and the salary opportunities will be ASTOUNDING.

    Cons

    If you choose the wrong department your chances for movement will be very limited. There is too much favoritism and silos

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk instead of just doing the "talk". Quit saying "doing less with less" when that is NOT the case.


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    "Arcane/Inappropriate/Inequitable/Impractical IT Employment Practices"

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    Current Employee - Cybersecurity Specialist in Baldwin Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Cybersecurity Specialist in Baldwin Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 10 years)

    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 Management

    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.

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