Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 59

Southern California Edison Co.

Rosemead, Calif. [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

The IT department at this utility company, one of the largest in California, has some hot projects on its plate. Among them are an ERP project, an automated-metering initiative (Edison SmartConnect), a market infrastructure redesign and technology upgrade, and a "SmartGrid" strategy. The projects have increased demand for new IT talent and created opportunities for career growth for the utility's existing workers. A job rotation program develops employees' cross-functional knowledge of the organization and prepares them for more senior roles. Participants are assigned mentors, who work with their protégés to set performance goals and establish development plans. Employees can apply for other positions at the end of an assignment or be placed in another rotational assignment. A work/life balance program includes vacation time plus paid holidays, two floating holidays, flexible working hours, a telecommuting option and the opportunity to buy additional vacation time through biweekly payroll deductions.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 35

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 17,000

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,246

IT employee turnover in 2008: 6%

IT promotions in 2008: 2%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 8

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $1,929

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 33%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 25%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 34%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 59%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 44%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 61%