Southern California Edison

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Southern California Edison Reviews

Updated 16 November 2014
Updated 16 November 2014
393 Reviews
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393 Reviews
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Southern California Edison President Ronald L. (Ron) Litzinger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is good in general depending on which department you are with (in 41 reviews)

  • This company offers good benefits and some longevity if in the right department (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of clear direction from senior management (in 15 reviews)

  • GONE are the days of work life balance and transparencies / accountabilities (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work. Well paid positions. Solar power creates uncertainties

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business/Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Business/Financial Analyst

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

    Pros

    SCE was a great place to work as far as a regulated utility is concerned. I observed that salaries (in the Finance area) are higher than in the marketplace as of mid- to late-2014, thus encouraging the competent and the less-competent employees to stay around. With minimal layoffs for poor performance, the weak employees stay employed long after they are productive for the organization, and this drags down overall company performance.

    Cons

    The company seems to be somewhat tied down and burdened by being a regulated utility that is overseen by the public utilities commission. Extra work and reporting adds to the overall cost of running the company and to the cost that us Southern CA ratepayers pay for our electricity. There appears to be a few too many layers of management that would be redundant in a more-competitive and market-driven company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company leadership (beyond HR) needs to identify, retain, and develop the good managers to become superior managers. There is no place for placing or pushing women and minorities into positions beyond their capabilities for the purpose of being regarded as a truly diverse company. This management “window-dressing” lowers morale and limits SCE from reaching its true potential.
    Continuous improvement needs to be instilled throughout the company from top to bottom- increased safety, improved efficiency, enhanced/improved systems and procedures will all keep the company on a path of growth and success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    N/A

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people, Good benefits, good food,

    Cons

    Too far demographically, for me

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tension

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Rosemead, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Rosemead, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pillar to post management styles consistently underestimate recruiter work loads and create no-win for clients.

    Cons

    Inconsistent performance guidelines lead to reporting based on personal relationships, not accomplishments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honesty really is the most powerful technique that you can use.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was once a great place to work in IT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Rosemead, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Rosemead, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Used to have a great culture and work ethic among all employees in IT. It was very easy to develop great relationships with those you worked with and for.

    Cons

    Since they began reorganization of IT, and the transition to managed services... The SCE IT culture has taken a serious nose dive. The company is looking to remove the "stale" knowledge and talent of their IT staff... but they are largely loosing their most talented and intelligent staff as they are looking outside the company so they can find a more rewarding and pleasant employer/company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously consider the losses in human capital that you are facing. Many companies understand their will be turbulence during these "transitions" to managed services... but also consider that without the right level of retained staff you might not ever fully recover from this transition period.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good People, Good Benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern California Edison

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits. Well educated professionals with a heart. Conservative. Culture from the 70s.

    Cons

    Work life balance going away. Fear of job loss is major driver. Some confusion and lack of clear direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging and get workforce more involved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    For 18 years i gained much valued experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Irwindale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Irwindale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Again, the on the job training experience to be gained here is valuable. Conditions and employee morale here was wonderful until the mid-2000s. Benefits are pretty good too, and i believe that they still are as my wife still works there. The wages offered here are above average; although when i signed a severance package in February of 2013, i had not received a cost of living increase in almost three years (while the upper mgmt. was still receiving record bonuses and raises). A great place to work if all you want or need is good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge here is that in the last ten years this company has turned into a full-on "corporation". Employees are given identification numbers which many times you will use instead of your name. It became very frustrating to work within a "process" filled structure of getting things done with your hands tied behind your back. This company has become suffocated by middle management who do don't understand the actual job or just don't care. A majority of them have an ambitious plan for themselves to elevate into the upper management ranks and don't care about their fellow employees much at all..they are afraid to make things better for fear that their superiors may not like it and remember it at promotion time. This company is very "clicky" as well. Who do you Facebook, party, golf, ride motorcycles, or kiss up to? If you are not "cool" or are not very good at kissing behinds and playing the game so to speak, you will not get very far here. Some people are okay with this, and may even thrive in this sort of environment and that's okay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, please , please, stop the unnecessary weekly meetings, one-on ones and the redundant time wasting of over processing every step. Work and deadlines are never completed and met because employees need to hand this paper/request to a manager who then passes it to another manager who then passes it to another, and another etc., only to then have the idea changed for the process to start all over again. If you want a true picture of So Ca Edison and it's inner workings, watch the movie "Office Space". This movie will be like your first day at Edison. Corporate Irwindale and the G.O. buildings have many many "Lumbergs" who can't seem to get enough "TPS Reports".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall excellent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist III in Westminster, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist III in Westminster, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and work life balance. Large and easy to move around. Great training opportunities.

    Cons

    Favoritism can be demoralizing at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid employee favorititsms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The culture at SCE is very political.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern California Edison full-time

    Pros

    SCE has very good benefits

    Cons

    No opportunities for career growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Worked for Edison 10 years. A great experiene

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Rancho Cucamonga, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Rancho Cucamonga, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company, great people, wonderful experience working there

    Cons

    commuting time to travel to different cities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Quasi-governmental characteristics with strong workplace politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture is more life-work balanced environment than other typical companies. Wide variety of job opportunities and a more stable operation in a recession but no significant upside opportunities during expansion, either. Flexible work arrangement such as 4/10 (4 days 10 hours a week) or 9/80 (9 days 80 hours for every two weeks).

    Cons

    Due to the rate case being approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, the company is subject to significant scrutiny. This creates a highly bureaucratic workplace politics, resource management, and turf war.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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