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Southern California Edison Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance and paid holidays (in 79 reviews)

  • The company has great pay and benefits that far exceed the private sector (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of work life balance and slow to make decisions (in 14 reviews)

  • Upper management is so totally disconnected from the people who actually do the work (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Used to be good, now outsourced into mediocrity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst IV in Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst IV in Rosemead, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent Pay, good benefits. Decent people to work with. Great 401k match. Exposure to leading edge technology. Prepared for my next job.

    Cons

    Horrible work location in armpit of east metro LA area. Exec leadership is lacking, all they know is cost-cutting and outsourcing to enrich themselves. No strategic vision to become anything else than a utility collecting money.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box and evolve to something different. Become a leader instead of a follower. Treat your people better.


  2. "Program/Project Analyst"

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

    I worked at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    very GREAT company to work for, excellent training, movement, pay, benefits and people.

    Cons

    Micro management new culture, in some areas of the company.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Work Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pomona, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pomona, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern California Edison (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great for interns. You get to learn a lot about the industry, and the work environment promotes asking questions. HR made the internship a comfortable experience, and helped build network connections within the company. The managing staff was very flexible and wanted to make sure interns got the best experience possible.

    Cons

    The company has undergone some downsizing, so landing a full-time position after graduation might be more difficult than expected.

    Advice to Management

    As an intern, I was expecting more managerial guidance. My manager was fairly hands off, which can be interpreted differently by others. I personally would have favored more guidance, but the implementation of a mentor helped with the internship.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Good employees, leadership lacking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various: Senior Analyst, Senior Project Manager in Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - Various: Senior Analyst, Senior Project Manager in Rosemead, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Talented, friendly employees who are motivated to serve external/internal clients; not motivated by individual financial gain; do not compete against others inside the company
    - Above-market salaries and benefits for level of responsibility
    - Moving between organizational units/departments is encouraged
    - Can be decent work/life balance in certain departments

    Cons

    - Senior leadership does not have the innate capabilities to develop a true vision to unify the company; they state mission objectives as a vision, such as providing safe, affordable, reasonably-priced power, but those have no emotional appeal.
    - The past five years of "operational excellence" have been extremely poorly executed. Instead of effectively analyzing the processes (of which there are many that are both ineffective and inefficient), they launched an initiative overload of re-orgs and head count reductions which just left fewer people to work with the same or slightly improved ineffective/inefficient processes which causes remaining employees to become extremely stressed.
    - The company's stated values are Excellence, Integrity, Respect, Continuous Improvement and Teamwork. Leadership does not always live these values. Several senior managers who are well known for disrespectful/harsh styles remain in positions for years. Leaders are rewarded for optimizing performance in their areas of responsibilities instead of optimizing performance for end-to-end processes or the company overall.

    Advice to Management

    - Eliminate any leader who is not living the values, especially where coaching has been used and has proved ineffective.
    - Develop a truly compelling vision and move the company towards it.
    - Develop and staff the capability to improve end-to-end processes that appropriately involves key stakeholders, including those who are the end users of the process.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Steer clear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Rosemead, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company still has decent pay and benefits and a decent work-life balance. Pay and benefits are changing for the worse though with small but consistent takeaways here and there.

    Cons

    Multiple rounds of layoffs ("OpX") of all non-field jobs have left employee morale broken with no trust in leadership. Many departments have went through 2 or 3 major layoff rounds in past 3-4 years with more to come and no real end in sight. Company is hiring overpriced external consulting companies (i.e. Bain and friends) and evaluating and outsourcing anything it can as that is the strategy-du-jour. Commitment to employees and well-being are nothing more than hollow phrases. Rumors of the company being set up to be sold don't help morale.

    Advice to Management

    Get the re-orgs done as quickly as possible and heal the organization. People should be your greatest asset--treat them as such.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Just Say NO!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project/Program Manager in Rosemead, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project/Program Manager in Rosemead, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great company. Still a few smart long tenured employees to learn from left. Competitive pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Unethical management practices that include layoffs of anyone that is competent and challenges "the status quo". HR, Employee Relations, Ethics and the Law departments routinely allow retaliation via layoffs through "reorganizations".

    Advice to Management

    Stop throwing your staff under the bus and be accountable for your mediocrity.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Southern California Edison (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation, coworkers,paid every other week

    Cons

    Company Culture, empty promises from management


  9. Helpful (18)

    "Managers Without The Ability To Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Rosemead, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern California Edison (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company encourages education.
    The company has a long standing tradition of "keeping the lights on!" culture.
    The company is intertwined in the local community.
    And, the company compensates its employees well.

    Cons

    The company lacks "leaders" and genuine leadership therefore there are few opportunities to apply education gained.
    The company over emphasizes the need to manage and does not promote enough "leadership" attributes, therefore a culture of "we've always done it this way" seemingly plays like groundhogs day.
    The company is entrenched in the local community.. politics, community affairs, etc., however these are self serving to those in Exec. Management and do little to bridge social ties with those the company provides electric service to.
    Finally, the company promotes based off nepotism therefore it stands the reason that over 127 years the company has cultivated a culture of high pay for employees as it has claimed for decades to be a "family like business".

    Advice to Management

    Stop quoting industry catch phrases such as "Servant Leadership" and "Operational Excellence" and learn what it means to lead. Then apply what you've learned by empathetic ally allowing someone (who you don't know in the organization) to performance rate you on how well a job you do as a leader versus that of a manager!


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Customer service representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and overtime are definitely a plus ➕

    Cons

    No direction, mindless and out of touch supervisors who don't even know our job, and the constant feeling of not being appreciated. For goodness sake, we are the front lines, first point of contact and voice of sce...

    Advice to Management

    Do our job for one day... No, one hour and wake up, instead of outsourcing us. It is not going to improve J.D. Power's ratings... It's only going to get worse!


  11. Helpful (33)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Rosemead, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Rosemead, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern California Edison full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Before the massive layoffs, flexible schedules, nice annual bonus, pension, employees got a 25% reduction on electricity bills which in sunny SoCal is a nice little gift that keeps on giving. Plenty of nice folks who work smart and hard so no real complaints

    Cons

    Massive layoffs. Politics. An example of their sometime Stepford-like culture: fairly cush, well-paying jobs means plenty of folks never leave, get paid well, don't do much, and whenever in group settings state their name and years with the company (e.g. Bob Harris, 27 years) which leads to fawning adulation when someone has a big number (41 years with the company!!!! - swoon....) which of course also means if you're a relatively new employee and have to preface any comment, question, or suggestion by saying "George, 2 years), dismissive chuckles, condescending tones, and insincere consideration will likely follow. Edison, we get it, you're a really successful old company but selling electricity to millions of customers who live in a desert and operating in a monopoly can lead you to believe you're running a well-oiled machine.

    Advice to Management

    Increase accountability (especially for the old-timers) and consider re-hiring some of those folks who were death-marched past friends and colleagues by a large guard while sadly toting years of personal belongings in a cardboard box of shame. Oh, and lose the oil portraits of the former company presidents that line the hallway leading to the executive areas. One almost expects to see a confederate flag at the end, if you get my drift. You could proudly honor your heritage in another designated area, rather than this seemingly-deliberative imposing gauntlet of monochromatic, elderly males...


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