Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
42 Reviews
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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President & CEO Michael W. Howard
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  1.  

    Good place to work, but takes a toll on personal life.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Being put into a position to do a lot of good work with a lot of good people.

    Cons

    Travel. Terrible work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Traveling is a burden on families. Change the employee handbook so that traveling or working on weekends counts (i.e., working hours can be reduced M-F that week).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Horrendous Corporate Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits were pretty great.

    Cons

    Horrendous corporate culture with tons of backstabbing and politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge upper management to operate around performance and delivering to customers, not on playing corporate shenanigans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to gain experience as a student

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    Current Employee - Student Employee - Finance  in  Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Employee - Finance in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern

    Pros

    The managers and employees here really make you feel like you are a part of their family.

    Cons

    The pay isn't the greatest for student employees but it's a good start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate what needs to be done more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for a summer internship

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Interactions with my manager went smoothly when he was around. It helped me to make fast progress while constantly learning new things. If done in the appropriate department, this is definitely a good experience to complement one's studies (graduate studies in Engineering in my case).

    Cons

    My managers were often traveling (probably due to the summer season). Also, for a company with so diverse areas of research, everyone could benefit from more interactions between various departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and give more regular feedback on quality of work and progress toward project completion. Try and better tie projects to overall strategy of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Pros

    Great environment for a finance intern.

    Cons

    The snack room is too close!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outside experience preferred

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Extremely talented technical staff; An opportunity to shape the industry; Good bonus and 401(k) plans; Opportunity to travel frequently if desired.

    Cons

    External experience valued more than internal. Senior leadership can often come across as out-of-touch. Limited upward mobility makes promotions difficult to obtain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your staff. Look more at substance rather than style. You have the ability to develop technical talent if you choose to do so.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great mission and very nice people.

    Cons

    Being driven into obscurity by politics and a weak leadership team. Used to be respected -- now seen as a necessary evil for some members. One interesting quote, "We hate writing your check every year but we have to do it as a gesture of kindness."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in the game. You lost your passion and drive four years ago at least at it is getting worse every year. Every one of my colleagues is looking for a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is sinking fast, but not as fast as employee morale

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    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Quick reimbursement on expense reports.

    Cons

    Management does not provide opportunity for career growth and development. There is very little opportunity for current employees to move into more senior positions, as the company almost always prefers to hire externally. The only way to break through glass ceiling is to leave the company. HR is the biggest gossip ring in the company, and very little concern is given to employee privacy. HR also fails to act on legitimate employee concerns. Project managers have little skill in being people managers. Project management training consists of navigating through SAP system, not dealing with subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about your current employees. Show us that you care about growing our careers, don't just say that you do in quarterly emails. Help us help you grow the company. Help us become an innovative company again, don't just say that we are. Admit to your mistakes and focus energy on making things right, not pointing fingers and playing the blame game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice team players

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Pros

    We can learn a lot there

    Cons

    Small Company to work for

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    New Leadership Does Not Fit The Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Being a part of important innovative work

    Cons

    Lack of downward communication. Slow salary growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who are actually doing the work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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