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Los Angeles Water and Power Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay, understand government jobs and where your tax /money being wasted (in 9 reviews)

  • Job security is fantastic, excellent benefits, Top notch pension plan (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Civil Service process for advancement can effectively limit opportunities (in 4 reviews)

  • No cons that I notice at the moment, The staff has been nothing but helpful and supportive of me (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Water treatment operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Water Treatment in La Verne, CA
    Current Employee - Water Treatment in La Verne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles Water and Power full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great paying jobs great great medical They train you well The commute is a good drive. Good BBQs. Great boss

    Cons

    Not enough days off. Not enough break time the place is always Dirty. No vending machine close enough to walk to

    Advice to Management

    Your doing a great job


  2. "Electrical Service Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles Water and Power full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for LA residents to work and be trained to be journey level craft workers.

    Cons

    Very difficult to be creative and get things done outside of the same old way.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive and have a vision to develop around the new renewable world.

  3. "Safety Engineer Pressure Vessels"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer Pressure Vessels in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer Pressure Vessels in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles Water and Power full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Good Salary, Pension, a good sense of community

    Cons

    The promotions can be limited and inflexible

    Advice to Management

    Please make management careers open to all employees and provide a clear path


  4. "Best benefits around the block!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles Water and Power full-time

    Pros

    Pay increases are te best

    Cons

    Customer service division is a tad unorganized


  5. "Security officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles Water and Power full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits job security pay rate civilian service good training.and shifts.fun people to work with job satisfaction and great employee

    Cons

    Long hour away from family dangerous work.can be called to work at any time . work by yourself short staffed

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees complaint some are valid the office know his post better then supervisor.dont staff post inadequate


  6. "Fantastic Company to Begin Engineering Career"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Water and Power full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is a diverse company allowing engineers of all disciplines to maximize their design experience throughout their career. The companies allows engineers to openly transfer between design groups given a position is open. Teamwork is highly valued within LADWP. Every project requires engineers of difference disciplines to work together to see a project to completion. Engineers are taught from the beginning the ability to work on a team is at the utmost importance. I feel very lucky to have gained so much positive experience during my time within LADWP.

    Cons

    The Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the sole power company for the entire city of Los Angeles. This means that all construction projects have to go to the LADWP for electricity. Although this has many upsides including a lot of diverse interesting work, this also meant having to uphold to multiple project schedules from outside LADWP that many times overlapped in due dates and requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Management in The Department of Water and Power work tirelessly to keep the number one municipal power company alive and running smooth. I give them the utmost praise on running a company well.


  7. "EEA's opinion"

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    Former Employee - Eea in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Eea in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Water and Power full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Secure job, good pay and benefits, pension (reduced for new employees), tuition reimbursement, every other Friday off, very easy job

    Cons

    low tech job for EE, boring, lazy people, low performance environment, difficult to switch to another industry after working there, mind numbing work for EE at least but there might be some interesting jobs at ECC, maybe.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "life is much better elsewhere !"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, understand government jobs and where your tax /money being wasted.

    Cons

    Worked with the most selfish, lazy, mean....people. And they were all around you every day.


  9. "Student Engineer at LADWP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles Water and Power part-time

    Pros

    Great experience and the supervisors work hard to prepare you for the future. They take time to train you on interview skills as well as engineering topics.

    Cons

    It is a government agency so just like all others there are people who are lazy.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Going From Bad to Worse"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Water and Power full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Pay is good considering the amount of incompetence and laziness amongst most employees, most of which would be fired by now if working in the private sector.

    Cons

    Where to start? Main problem is upper management's absolute cowardice and inability to stand firm against the whims and often nonsensical ideas of the politicians in City Hall, non of whom understand how to run a utility company. As a result, LADWP has become an very reactive company instead of a proactive one, with managers and employees running around in a pannic without any clear direction or purpose. Some employees have said the have five (or more) supervisors who give contradictory instructions. Because of this lack of courage, instead of "fighting up", managers will often throw their own employees under the bus if it's in that manager's best interest. An outside consultant confided in me that LADWP is ruled by a "culture of fear". Any semblance of leadership is virtually nonexistent. For you young engineers fresh out of college: if you do good work and work hard, expect a manager to try to take advantage of you during some point in your early career. You really need to not be afraid to set boundaries. I have seen a few good managers here and there over the years, but not many.

    Advice to Management

    You're in a leadership position, so try exhibiting some actual leadership. Protect and fight for your good employees. Hold your bad employees accountable. Show some courage.


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