Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated 27 January, 2015
Updated 27 January, 2015
52 Reviews
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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President & CEO Michael W. Howard
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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)

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  1.  

    Fairly Good Research Organization

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    • 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
  2. 1 person 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
  3. 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill fast!!!

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    • 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No direction

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    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    EPRI

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    lots of data for research; flexible working hour; great industry experience for industry; great city; learn something out of the book

    Cons

    relative low salary compared to the expense in bay area; use phones quite often; provide too slow a desktop to perform any simulation or code release on it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Inspiring company mission

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company is true to their mission and values. They provide cutting edge research that benefits the entire power industry. The employees are very devoted to their research, but the company allows healthy work-life balance. Most employees work schedules are flexible enough to allow them to work from home as needed.

    Cons

    Very little training, and employees are expected to be subject matter experts upon hiring. Very few opportunities to advance in your career within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to encourage direct managers to develop their employees much more. Employees seeking advancement quickly become frustrated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Working Enviroment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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) full-time

    Pros

    no mircromanaging. at all. no one care what time you come in what time you leave how long you take your lunch for as long as the job is done.
    at the end of the day you always take your laptop home in case you wont be able to come in you can work from home no problem and most of the time no questions ask , again as long the job gets done

    Cons

    too quiet. people dont talk much keep to themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have once a week social meeting with your team. it really is the most boring place i have ever worked at.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good experience. Great people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Intern in Knoxville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Student Intern in Knoxville, TN (US)

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The office culture is great. The people there are very kind and want you to succeed. They work on a lot of cool projects, and are always happy to answer questions about them.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload can be a little sparse. If you intern here it is important to go out and talk to different project managers until you find a project you'd be interested in working on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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