Southern California Edison
3.2 of 5 290 reviews
www.sce.com Rosemead, CA 5000+ Employees

Southern California Edison Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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57% Approve of the CEO

Southern California Edison President Ronald L. (Ron) Litzinger

Ronald L. (Ron) Litzinger

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Benefits are fairly good, work/life balance is manageable, meet a lot of good people"
    in 30 reviews
  • "This company offers good benefits and some longevity if in the right department"
    in 33 reviews
Cons:
  • "GONE are the days of work life balance and transparencies / accountabilities"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Not a great environment from upper/senior management"
    in 12 reviews
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Not a good company to work for

Engineer (Current Employee)
Rosemead, CA (US)

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

ProsBenefits are fair. Employees are great and people are willing to workload hard

ConsMid Management make too many bad decisions and play favoritism. Promotions are based on favoritism but not performance. A lots of publicity at the CEC/CPUC regarding saving money for customers, but the well being of customers is last thing in their mind. Too many high paid directors walking around and doing nothing.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop favoritism be fair and square. Walk the talk as the head of EIX said in his speech.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Different place to work these days

Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
Rosemead, CA (US)

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

ProsSalary and benefits are among the best

ConsReductions in force leave you wondering who is next

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Arcane/Inappropriate/Inequitable/Impractical IT Employment Practices

Cybersecurity Specialist (Current Employee)
Baldwin Hills, CA (US)

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

ProsGreat 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.

ConsExtraordinarily 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 Senior ManagementExposing 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Rosemead, CA (US)

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

ProsFairly 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the talk instead of just doing the "talk". Quit saying "doing less with less" when that is NOT the case.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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started promising as life time employer but end because of mismanagement.

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I worked at Southern California Edison

Prosgood benefits. some of the co-worker are great personally and professionally.

Conssome employees playing the books so it look good to management. Managers using favoritism in promotion. upper management mismanaged hiring and now a lot of employees losing their job to outsources (managed services).

Advice to Senior Managementthe management missing the trend. a lot of companies bring work back on shore while they off shore. the management trying to satisfy investors by increasing dividends on the back of employees that make this company what it is.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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IT is being gutted

Project/Program Manager (Former Employee)
San Clemente, CA (US)

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

ProsGood Benefits, longstanding corporation, Good community involvement.

ConsSo 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 Senior ManagementThe loss of knowledge and expertise will be grievous. Being dependent upon outside vendors will be disastrous.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Southern California Utility (SCE)

Project Analyst (Former Employee)
Irwindale, CA (US)

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

ProsThis company offers good benefits and some longevity if in the right department. There are plenty of knowledgeable employees who are willing to share information.

ConsThis company has been going through massive layoffs for the past 18 months and plans to layoff more employees in 2014. Be careful when applying for position, especially in the customer service unit. Also, excessive nepotism.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdditional in-depth human resources training is critical, especially with regard to labor laws and employee relations issues. If the training is comprehensive and Enforced this will certainly uplift moral and foster trust between employees and management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to start a career, a bad place to stay and grow.

Financial Analyst I (Former Employee)
Pomona, CA (US)

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

ProsBenefits are fairly good, work/life balance is manageable, meet a lot of good people. A good stepping stone of a place to start a career.

ConsTerrible company culture. You only get promoted if management has an incentive. My direct managers were micromanages, arrogant, and rude. They only kept promoting the same people every year behind the scenes without even announcing to anyone in the group. During the mass layoff period in 2013 many bad "managers" unfortunately were able to maintain their jobs when they should have been shown the door.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let incompetent people manage professionals. Just because someone is due for a promotion don't force them into a managerial role if they have no management skills.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It was a great job while it lasted

Occupational Health Nurse (Former Employee)
San Clemente, CA (US)

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

ProsGood Salary
Great People
Good Benefits
The location was great and I very rarely hit any traffic
Many Job Opportunities

ConsOn June 7, 2013 Our corporate Management made a decision to shut down San Onofre. The power plant is now in the process of decommissioning.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe part of the workforce

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No more long term CWA

TSP4 (Former Employee)
Redlands, CA (US)

I worked at Southern California Edison as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsGreat opportunities for career growth

ConsSaid they were going to hire me on fulltime and took so long they were in a hiring freeze

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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