Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

www.epri.com
Profile Unclaimed

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated 24 February 2015
Updated 24 February 2015
56 Reviews
3.1
56 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President & CEO Michael W. Howard
Michael W. Howard
36 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employees are very devoted to their research, but the company allows healthy work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Will let you work from home anywhere, so nobody sees what you are doing (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Less young employees than other Silicon valley companies (in 3 reviews)

  • Poor upper management that came from outside the organization and have little if any understanding of how and why the work gets identified and done (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    EPRI Employee Comment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I have read other comments and just want to offer my two cents. Having been in two energy companies for decades, run my own business practice and done a nonprofit start-up,I have been around corporate and nonprofit America for some time. I am pleased with the EPRI organization. I have found doors open for viewpoints and the ability to get involved and help on solutions. I have already recommended EPRI to others.

    Cons

    Every organization always has to keep an eye on efficiency, communications, talent, finances, etc. It is a challenge across most all companies and nonprofits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The reputation of EPRI in it objectivity is a key to the good name it has built. Keep our eye on that ball, as we have in the past.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Management is disconnected from average workforce, advocates safety but often does not follow through

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Knoxville, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Knoxville, TN (US)

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility of work schedule, salary is average but not low enough to look for another job, great caring coworkers, the local HR tries to be helpful and if they can't help they are always good listeners.

    Cons

    Our leadership team is totally disconnected from the reality of what is going on in our offices, and sets unrealistic goals for which they do not enable us to meet. As an example We had an ice storm on Feb 16. The office closed in the afternoon and was closed on Tuesday Feb 17. There was no delay on Wednesday the 18th despite schools, courts, day care, churches, everything completely closed, and the roads were still icy. The Knoxville facility was covered in ice, the driveway, parking lot and sidewalks, and was not safe to walk on. They even showed a video of a coworker falling Wednesday when they were trying to get into the building and reminded us of a safety goal our executives have that affects our bonus if someone gets injured. So they told us to not get hurt. Regardless of how flexible the inclement weather policy is, if the building cannot be made safe for us to go to work without slip hazards then they need to close the office. Don't threaten our bonuses for falling on an icy sidewalk because it wasnt scraped or salted enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employee survey showed very little trust in senior management and executive team. Please don't forget about the 800 people who help keep this company going. Help us create the safety culture that is talked about every time in meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A good place for self-motivated project managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer/Scientist in Knoxville, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer/Scientist in Knoxville, TN (US)

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, some cutting-edge work, good opportunities for advancement in management, well-respected by utility industry. Somewhat flexible; a great place for self-motivated types. Very stable environment.

    Cons

    Offers poor resources for early-career employees to develop technical expertise.

    In a strange middle-ground between academic research and industry--can feel like an ivory tower (disconnected) while still feeling the pressures and corporate culture of industry (focus on productivity squashes creativity).

    Work-life balance can be easily overwhelmed in management roles.

    Conservative culture mirrors some utilities, with few women and minorities in technical roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A serious effort needs to be made to foster professional development, especially for early-career employees in technical roles. Educational courses and externships would be highly valuable.

    Employee distrust of management will only increase as the use of corporate buzzwords in company communications increases. Executive absence from offices adds to the perception that they are disconnected from employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good experience overall....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The compensation is average but high for a non-profit. Benefits are good. The company itself is pretty good but the cons listed below overshadow the admirable mission and good points.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Culture is brutal. At the lower levels it is a pretty friendly collaborative culture but the bullying from the director level has gotten way out of hand. In spite of poor survey results, lost talent and feedback on the issues nothing really ever changes. If these issues were dealt with the company would be a great place to work. However, don't hold your breath. Leadership is rather out of touch so that may contribute to the management dysfunction that paralyzes the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't reach your potential if you don't have the right people. The company needs leadership. Stop assuming that just because they were hired or promoted they are the best fit for EPRI. Deal with your hard management decisions and let the company move forward. One bad manager is not worth your entire talent pool.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fairly Good Research Organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager - Fossil Power Generation in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager - Fossil Power Generation in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Pros

    Worked on interesting Engineering Research projects.
    Interacted with knowledgeable technical professional in the field.
    Learned research project management.
    Attended and participated in many different professional seminars and events.
    Good research environment.

    Cons

    Too much theory, more practical experiments are needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to let project team to practical experiment in the field to gain the inside problem of the participated members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible corporate culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Pros

    Honestly none. Compensation is mediocre. Good luck moving up.

    Cons

    It's hard to work when all everyone does is pass the blame to the lower ranking guys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Because you're in upper management doesn't mean you treat them however you please.
    That explains why the "trust" in the company was a 48% in a survey

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad place to work if your in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Pros

    Supports training, co-workers are skilled and hard working

    Cons

    Communication, management, very little growth potential, Long term vision, Low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Officers should review the REAL what, where, when and why's of the overall health of the IT organization. There needs to be a true stewardship of the IT Organization as a whole. It would be an eye opener to see what is really going on under the covers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill fast!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits (401k, paid time off, health insurance)

    Cons

    The corporate culture is not befitting of a non-profit company, pay is below industry averages, little opportunity for advancement, horrible work life balance. This used to be a nice place to work, but has gone downhill and continues to at an exponential pace. Upper management WAY out of touch with reality, most of whom should never have been promoted into these positions. The only image of management that comes to mind is fat cats rubbing there full bellies, while the worker mice try to fight over the fallen crumbs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop reorganizing the company as often as the wind changes, be honest and stop backstabbing your employees, invest in your people not your processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    No direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Lenox, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Lenox, MA (US)

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting projects. Ok work and life balance. Good place to start or end your career if you are in the right EPRI circle. Not much advancement in the long run.

    Cons

    The management matrix is failing. The management is constantly reorganizing itself. I've seen a lot of good, very intelligent folks leave good paying positions due to poor management.

    Salary is stagnant for most while the upper management receives incredible bonuses for a non profit organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting caustic bullies to the director level. Realize the talented engineers and researchers that are carrying the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Photos

EPRI Campus

+ Add Photo

Work at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)? Share Your Experiences

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

 
Click to Rate
or

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