Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated 24 October, 2014
Updated 24 October, 2014
47 Reviews
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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President & CEO Michael W. Howard
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    EPRI

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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 (less than an 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
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    Inspiring company mission

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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 (more than an 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
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    Working Enviroment

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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) 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
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    Very good experience. Great people.

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    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 an 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
  6.  

    Once was good and now is horrible

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    I can't think of a single positive thing about working at EPRI. Management goes out of the way to treat employees badly and make themselves look good. Excellent work is rewarded with termination and the bad actors and family members of management continue to move upwards. Communication is totally non-existent, unless you count hearing about the accomplishments of executives family members and what their dogs are doing. They share no information about the status of the company or where we are headed.

    Cons

    Executives believe they are the best thing that ever happened to the world and all employees are just a necessary evil that takes some of their bonus money away.

    If you want a stagnant job with absolutely no chance of advancement or even a piddly annual increase in salary, this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real and understand that without the employees you are nothing. Blowing smoke up everyone's hind end does not make you an excellent CEO worthy of multi-million dollar compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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 (less than an 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
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    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 (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

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