The perfect place to work if you're a pedantic, administrator-type.
Data Architect (Former Employee) – Taylor/Bastrop/Austin – January 13, 2015
There are two types of jobs at ERCOT:
1. Production jobs that affect Market Participants. In this first category are all job duties that ensure the reliability of the energy grid. Everything from monitoring said grid, to putting out extracts for external download, troubleshooting outside support requests, etc.
2. Jobs that affect internal ERCOT employees. In this category are what I would call unnecessary jobs. These include directors, managers, project managers (really, anything with manager in the title), and business analysts/specialists. Business analysts at ERCOT don't actually do any spreadsheet or analytical work, instead they just gather project requirements and deliver them to other departments. It's something right out of "Office Space".
Anyway, the problem with ERCOT, is that the majority of positions fall into the second category and are non-essential. This means that even if a prospective position is in category one, you will be constantly hounded and interrupted by the category two people when you're trying to do actual work.
So if you are someone who likes to get things done, without a lot of unnecessary bureaucratic nonsense, then ERCOT is not for you. If, on the other hand, you're an individual who likes sitting through hours of useless meetings and emails about a topic that is maybe fifteen minutes of actual work, then you will love it!
Good benefits and career track for people who like to waste time, but contribute nothing.
An absolute nightmare place to work if you actually like to produce.