Southern California Edison

  www.sce.com
  www.sce.com

Southern California Edison Reviews

Updated 16 November 2014
Updated 16 November 2014
393 Reviews
2.9
393 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Southern California Edison President Ronald L. (Ron) Litzinger
Ronald L. (Ron) Litzinger
194 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people, Good benefits, good food,

    Cons

    Too far demographically, for me

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The culture at SCE is very political.

    • 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

    Pros

    SCE has very good benefits

    Cons

    No opportunities for career growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was once a great place to work in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place for smart people, politics and connections is the buzz word here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Does IT Matter in Rosemead, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Does IT Matter in Rosemead, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I worked in the company for few years and I wasn't too impressed, here is why, good and bad.
    1. Work life balance is good in general depending on which department you are with.
    2. Company promotes safety not that they love employees but they want to keep work loss comp low or zero... It is all numbers magic. It is good in a way for employees though.
    3. Not very stressful if you know the lay of the land.
    4. Some smart, hard working, intelligent people still survive and work there
    5. Average benefits, nothing great.
    6. Some great managers and great people value other opinions, tries to bring in innovativeness and build mutual respect.

    Cons

    1. Politics, connections are the key for your growth and sustenance.
    2. Very hierarchical and you will have to bow to your managers and superiors all the time otherwise you may be at risk with growth or even getting cut.
    3. Too many meetings and redundant processes, very primitive thinking and if you question or challenge management or colleagues your credibility and rapport is ruined, management doesn't care too much about innovative thinking and when team members challenge certain things.
    4. Safety practice is a overkill and head was spinning when I saw the extent of safety is forced on to employees and management wastes time and resources on it, it felt very silly and trivial literally to talk about staple pins and paper cuts causing injuries. Seriously, management should think that if you have hired smart people who can think and not autistic or mentally challenged, people know how to be safe for their own well being. Management was openly challenged on "How much is too much" but was ignored and brushed away.
    5. Lot of good people but know how to navigate and say yes, yes, yes to managers and complain on the back but they are the survivors and get promoted too.
    6. Flexible work is depends on the managers and if they think it is ok to do it or not otherwise it is a bad word around here.
    7. It is funny that whenever re-org happens favoritism and connections are the key words and the managers pets get promotions and the smart people who speak up or challenge processes will get into trouble.
    8. Long timers through their weight around as if they own company and pull random names out of the hat to get attention or get the things their way or get nothing done so to speak.
    9. Used to be a good stable place to work but the management has company and hired people just for their growth and visibility.
    10. Last but not the least, if you are vocal and speak up in meetings whether it makes sense or not, gets management's attention and you are deemed a leader or a value addition to the group, I don't understand in what sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please value resources deliverables, quality of work, value addition to the org rather than how long they have been on the org how much they can speak off topic in the meetings. Encourage transparency and open thinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good People, Good Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just not the same

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Good benefits; physical work environments are nice. They promote work-life balance and most leadership is understanding of life events. Work schedules are usually fairly flexible, some areas offer alternate schedules such as 9/80's.

    Cons

    Company culture has diminished significantly over the last 3 years, especially in business areas where major layoffs have occurred to make way for outsourcing. Many who went to work for the stability of a utility have found themselves jobless. Career opportunities are not as plentiful as they once were. Employee morale has suffered greatly as a result of the major changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The workforce is severely scarred as a result of the changes; this company will lose a lot more good people they'd hoped to retain due to these changes. Loyalty is nonexistent now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    For 18 years i gained much valued experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall excellent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

Southern California Edison Photos

Work at Southern California Edison? Share Your Experiences

Southern California Edison

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.