Dispatch Specialist (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – June 29, 2018
A typical day is setting up my hardware at a shared desk and logging into all the programs I need in order to do my job. I am assigned bases/territories within our district to manage the employees in said districts. I monitor work that has been routed to employees and shift work around to meet priorities of each work order which can vary in time requirement for completion. I am constantly re-balancing work as emergency orders drops in from the call center. I answer phone calls from field employees and call customers if requested by the field. The pace of my day can vary throughout the day and can be very demanding. I am communicating all day to field employees via computer and telephone. As well as accepting phone calls from local Fire Departments when they request our presence on emergency situations. I am responsible for documenting emergency incidents that occur in the field regardless if the gas company is involved as a direct result to document that we took quick action to secure our facilities. Something is always going on and I'm there to help facilitate that the right person and equipment shows up to get that job done.
Management can be a joke at times, it's really a hit or miss. The environment is bureaucratic which prevents productive change from occurring. There are a lot of new people in management and thus everyone is trying to implement their new bright ideas which adds pressure to your workload. This company is split up of union (represented) and non-union (management) employees, thus working on the union side can be tedious and annoying. You are paid the samemore... wage of your co-worker who doesn't work as hard as you, and lousy employees linger around a lot longer than they should which brings morale down. Moving up the company on the union side is based on seniority and moving up the management side can be perceived that it is based on who you know rather than actual ability. It can be demoralizing trying to work your way up in this company and honestly if you are a self-starter and very motivated this company will be stifling.
The hardest part of my job is that it can be very demanding and working with varying levels of personalities can be exhausting. The most enjoyable part of my job is collaborating with field and office personnel to conquer the work the day presents. It can be really challenging but it's satisfying meeting the time constraints.less
Pay, great co-workers, free food sometimes, job security
Senior Category Management Advisor (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – July 1, 2018
• Plans and manages all contract related activities and processes associated with the procurement of high-value/high-risk goods and services. • Responsible for supporting multiple Category Managers within the portfolio. • Leads and collaborates with Business Unit managers and support staff, as well as cross-functional teams within Supply Management and throughout the organization. • Manages very high-value/ very high-risk contracts, evaluates supplier proposals, leads negotiations and the development of contract award recommendations, and establishes and maintains favorable supplier relationships. • Prepares contract-related documents; recommends contract awards based on justifiable evaluation criteria; develops supplier proposal criteria and evaluation tools, evaluates supplier proposals; negotiates contracts; establishes contract attributes, remedies, and options; drafts special contract language; leads and identifies supplier alliance opportunities; resolves conflict between suppliers and company; mentors and trains lower level contracting agents and support staff. • Conducts Industry and Supplier Analysis using: Excel pivot tables, Bureau of Labor Statistics Indices, SWOT Analysis, Porters Five Forces. These tools assist with understanding the various industry structures, industry trends, industry cost structures, general purchasing trends for forecasting, Cost Analysis and Benchmarking to source Construction Service Agreements.
Administrative Associate to Director (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – May 2, 2018
I haven't learned anything working here. The pay is low. It's a decent slow-paced job. But it's not somewhere I'd suggest someone come and start a great career that they're going to love. It's a regular, corporate job. Pays (some) bills.
Family like corporate culture with opportunity to experience multiple job types
Project Manager/Strategist (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – March 22, 2018
1. Union and Management positions with 8 hour days, but most Manager and above positions require 10+. Over-time paid for non-management employees 2. I learned how to be a problem solver relying on myself to develop strategy/tactics to succeed. 3. Depending on the department the management progression is based on diversity, competence and the ability to be a team player 4. Strong corporate culture that must be recognized and assimilated to for advancement. 5. Hardest part of the job was not always knowing or understanding what the "Macro" vision of the company was as defined by the executive management team. 6. The people are great!
Energy Technician Residential (Former Employee) – Van Nuys, CA – January 20, 2018
I worked at Socalgas full-time (More than 10 years) Pros Great pay/ benefits. Great, Fun co-workers and Customers. Energy Tech Residential ( field tech) position enjoyable...your own boss in field. Position (in field with Customers) requires using all your senses and engaging your mind--as a sleuth-- to drill down in solving the Customer's actual cause of request. Consistent Management practice of bringing left over food-goodies (after their meeting) to the employee meeting room--was unexpected and unnecessary... but very classy. Cons Best to leave brain on stand-by at the morning meeting. Management style is authoritarian, top-down, maintain the status quo at all costs, yes-man, falling dominos-- school of Management. Management despises change and improvement. Speaking up on need for continuous improvement, improving processes and calling attention to waste in operations--will flag you for retaliation. Disingenuous 'Code of Conduct' -- is for show only--- Machiavellian. Lack of employee growth and development by culture where highest virtue is....'staying under the radar'. Company lags its peers in safety because safety is politicized. Promotions not based on merit/ best and brightest are not promoted-- fast-track to promotion is based on abilities as a loyal yes-man who will back their boss....unconditionally. Stress problem at Company caused by Management bureaucracy. Advice to Management Arrogance and maintaining the status quo doesn't work in 2018. It's all about the Customer-- DeNile is not just a river in Egypt fellas! Company sorely needs....Deming ( " Continuousmore... improvement....product and service" ), TPS (kaizen) & Lean Six Sigma.less
Project Specialist (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – November 12, 2017
Depending on your role, you can be either on a very forward thinking team, or a very reactive, stress-driven team. There are very productive, successful days surrounded by professionals, and days where your work can be held up by someone just phoning it in. Great benefits and vacation, with plenty of opportunities to move around in the company.
Sr. Financial Systems Analyst (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – September 16, 2017
The Gas Company has good workplace culture and is comprised of well-diversified staff. Depending on what team you are part of, you may experience a sense of pride because everyone contributed to the success of a project. It takes good leadership.