Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Leaked Secret Internal Report Portrays So Cal Edison As An "Abusive," "Humiliating" Workplace

SCE: A bad day at work.
This secret internal report, titled "Workplace Culture and Climate Assessment," was prepared by an independent mental health consultancy (referred to in the report as an "Incident Management Team") to help Southern California Edison executives better understand why it might be a SCE employee would have gone postal (or perhaps we should say "utility?") and shot to death two of his fellow employees a few years back. This 2012 report was written exclusively for selected key concerned senior management of our local power monopoly, and obviously it was never intended for public view.

Certainly it was not in any way created for publication here on The Tattler. Yet somehow this report ended up on the Internet where it was found last evening by this blog's ever roving eye. My guess is it could have been put there by a disgruntled employee, something Edison apparently has in rather substantial quantities.

Either that or it was carelessly placed in an unsecured computer file, where entities a lot like Google robotically swept it up, as they are so often apt to do.

Here is a (link) to this entire "Incident Management Team" report. Trust me, it makes for some pretty harrowing reading. It's purpose, of course, is to try and understand what it was about Southern California Edison workplace culture that could have led to this senseless and deadly tragedy. The authors in no way attempted to pull their punches, and the top heavy and self-serving institutional management structure at SCE at that time is clearly held accountable.

This is how the Los Angeles Times described the deadly event that eventually led to the writing of this report. This piece ran in that paper on December 17 of 2011, and you can link to the entire article by clicking here.


I am not going to post the entire 24 page report here. However, I have selected what I believe are some significant passages from this document. Just to give you a taste of what you will find there should you decide to take a deeper look. The material is both fascinating and disturbing.

You can only wonder what it must have been like to work at Southern California Edison at that time. And if conditions there ever actually changed. Hopefully things have improved. Nobody deserves to have to work in the kind of workplace environment described in this report.

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Of course, SCE management would be very concerned about any legal implications, and the possibility of a class action lawsuit would likely be foremost on the minds of the designated  executives reading this litany of woe.  Here is one situation described by the authors of this report that would be a legal slam dunk for any skilled attorney.


Forcing employees to do company work when they are "not on the clock" has resulted in some very lucrative class action lawsuits in the past. As a large and wealthy organization coming off one of its most notorious workplace tragedies, Edison would have found itself extremely vulnerable to this kind of legal action. At least in my opinion.

All in all, a pretty horrifying snapshot of what life was like at Southern California Edison during the time of its worst and most deadly employee incident. Did the conditions described here directly lead to the murder of two employees at SCE? That consideration is certainly weighed by the authors of this report.

The one big question that remains being was any of this taken to heart by management at Edison, and were any of the necessary changes suggested by the "Incident Management Team" effectively implemented? Relieving a few unnecessary layers of management of their employment is one thing, but will that actually help to prevent any further catastrophes of this kind?

The Tattler has no way of telling at this time.

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37 comments:

  1. There will be some interesting conversations at Edison this morning. This is quite a sensitive document to have floating out there in the ether.

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  2. You'd think that a company with John Buchanan as a Senior HR Atty would be more sensitive ti the needs of its employees.

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    1. My guess would be that Buchanan is totally inconsequential in that organization.

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    2. Somebody is upset about this post. It was pulled off of the "Sierra Madre" Facebook page.

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    3. Edison used to give John Buchanan a month off with pay to campaign for a Sierra Madre City Council seat. They must have thought having him there would be useful.

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    4. I'm sure the utility companies have an infiltration strategy just like the realtors' associations do.

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    5. The COG offices are in an Edison owned building. How's that for cozy. Might as well put a little collar and leash on The COG and take it for a walk.

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    6. 12:52, unless there's some special deal on the rent, it's not obviously bad dealings.
      However, Caesar's wife and all, the COG should not be in any kind of patron/client relationship with any utility.

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  3. Sure glad I never worked there. Sounds like quite the h*ll hole.

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    1. There are a lot of insecure and not very bright people in the workplace.
      They get stuck in uninspiring jobs with little dictator bosses. It's more widespread than just Edison.

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  4. Free the slaves. Go solar.

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  5. Today is election day. Please vote for Jim Osterling for PCC Board of Trustees. He is the most qualified candidate to get PCC back on track.

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    1. Selinske is the machine candidate. Can't believe anyone would vote for him after the decline of the PUSD during his 8 years on the Board of Education.

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    2. Wasn't Selinske on the Measure TT Bond Committee when all of those funds disappeared?

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    3. Yep. And then they couldn't prosecute the thieves because the PUSD had kept such lousy paperwork.

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    4. Remarkable sloppiness. An impressive level of stupidity.

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    5. Selinske is a career parasite.

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  6. Not only their employees are mistreated ...
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-california-regulators-pass-higher-electricity-rates-20150703-story.html
    California regulators approve higher electricity rates for most residents

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    1. Have to pay for expensive consultant reports

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  7. "Overly authoritarian."
    For 8 years on the city council.

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  8. 8 years too many. Buchanan left a legacy of failure.

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    1. And not just here! God what a mess.

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    2. Selinske was found to have orchestrated a PUSD contract to one of his cronies. And he was cozy with Bart Doyle, who was also heavily involved in the Measure TT fiasco. We don't need any more crooks representing us. Vote for Jim Osterling.

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    3. The PUSD is a failed school district preyed on by parasites. Selinske served them.

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    5. Very slow turnout. If you want Osterling to win be sure you vote.

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    6. I voted for Osterling last week.
      Mainly because smart people in town like and trust him.

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    7. How many votes is that?

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  9. I think most people are used to abusive work environments in big companies.

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    1. I hope that you are wrong about that because an abused worker may leave work and guide their children or lead a community. Maybe, if that is true, the effects of that type of environment has already perpetuated our youth and so on.

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  10. I thought this report was from a few years ago?

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    1. Yes. But it has only seen the light of day now.

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  11. I am a smart person! and I voted for Martin Gonzales as he graduated from PCC, then UCLA and mentioned student success before he mentioned his college graduation creds.

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  12. Mr. Martin is certainly a nice man, but he is not in any way qualified for the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees at this time. It appears as if you did not attend the forums, because if you did, you would know that he is not the right person for the job. The voters deserve to have a representative who can hit the ground running, and tackle the fiscal issues plaguing PCC right now. Mr. Martin is an activist with a very narrow view. The voters will be well served by Mr. Osterling, who possesses all of the skills and experience needed to get PCC back to fiscal sanity and dig out of the academic probation issue.

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  13. Money talks and it's obvious who had the most $ going into this race. I voted for Martin, a local boy who cares about PCC and wants to restore the full accreditation to the College.

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  14. Per this article, most of the IT division has since been outsourced http://www.computerworld.com/article/2879083/southern-california-edison-it-workers-beyond-furious-over-h-1b-replacements.html

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