AEP Reviews

Updated May 21, 2014
Updated May 21, 2014
116 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • I felt that the company treated the employees well--great pay and benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • The benefits are good, but work-life balance gets a little out of whack in certain jobs because of the emergency response (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is blind to the average employee, they think every employee is in a white collar job (in 7 reviews)

  • Some of the down sides to working for AEP would be long hours and lots of over time on weekends, holidays, and midnights (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Turbulent

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

    I worked at AEP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The business itself, that of producing, moving and selling power, is tremendously solid. Even with all of the energy technologies that have developed in recent years, people are going to be buying electricity from the large producers for the foreseeable future, and power isn't yet as portable as stuff, so we won't see generation outsourced overseas.

    Cons

    The past decade has seen what was a very steady, slow-growth industry transformed by financiers taking an interest in it. Rather than focusing on the uninterrupted provision of a service for a reasonable profit, power companies have moved to maximizing profits for shareholders, largely on the backs of their labor force. Raises disappeared in the early ought's, then bonuses, then they started cutting staff by the thousands, all while demographics clearly indicated an impending shortage of trained, skilled workforce to maintain, let alone upgrade, the aging infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly do not believe anyone in senior positions there would ever pay the slightest attention to anything said here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The company lacked consistency in their policy implementation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production  in  Mountain Top, PA
    Former Employee - Production in Mountain Top, PA

    I worked at AEP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    North America's number one plastic films manufacturer. They are leaders in their industry. There's opportunity for growth due to their many locations.

    Cons

    I worked in production and logistics - the hours are long, hot in the summer/freezing in the winter. Policy seems to change weekly. Often the policy change inhibited our ability to complete tasks in a timely manner. The result was always mandated overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is the key. It needs to be multidirectional - down, up, and lateral. Your employees at the front line are the eyes and ears of the company. You should pay more attention to that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amer

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

    I have been working at AEP full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The employees. Working hard even thought their put through the ringer every year by the company. Facilities for the most part are nicel

    Cons

    You've found the right company if you want to to through lay offs each and every year, no matter the company's status. Old technology!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees you have. Don't lay them off every time they turn around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No longer a steady workplace.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Columbus, OH

    I worked at AEP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great place to work in the beginning. Great benefits and vacation time. Good working relationship with co-workers.

    Cons

    The (Ivory tower) downtown work environment was different from any other AEP location. Nepotism is rampant in this organization. Mobility within IT was difficult to say the least. Internal positions would be posted but the same circle of employees would get those jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AEP is a TOP heavy management organization. Consolidate your management teams instead of reducing your work force. Listen to your employees!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely old school

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at AEP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leadership was reasonably accessible and seemed to know how to operate politically to ensure the company remained fairly stable.
    Pay was solid.

    Cons

    There was a strong emphasis on years of experience within the culture that resulted in a lot of great ideas being discarded due to "we already tried that once" or "that's not how we do things around here."
    AEP had an aging workforce and high turn-over of the best young talent.
    For Emerging Techologies - there was too much focus on a new technology and very little thought put into the customer and whether they might actually understand and want to use the technology.
    Because AEP is regulated the complexities of the business model and the delays in funding presented some challenges.
    Finally, the decentralized business model resulted in poor communications and a lot of inefficiencies within the overall business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on cultural change so that folks are open to ideas, improvements, and innovation not because of "who" provided the idea but instead on the true merits of the inputs themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once was a great place to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at AEP as a contractor

    Pros

    Lots of good people who really care about what they do, and their customers. 95+% really try to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Financial and political pressures have pushed out many of the best, and have left an enviroment of fear, distrust, and more work than can be done with the resources available. Voluntary separations have left too many undesirable people behind (dead wood doesn't prune itself).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at middle management integrity. There are a lot of good people there, but some have survived the past few rounds of cuts by torpedoing potential threats and/or the less politically astute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Know you place and get back to work!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at AEP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1) Great people to work with
    2) Lots of opportunities to learn
    3) Plenty of chances move around the company and try new things

    Cons

    1) Lower than average wages
    2) Dwindling benefits
    3) You will ALWAYS take a back seat to the stockholders
    4) Upper management will ALWAYS make Wall Street and their view point their primary concern
    5) If you are looking for company loyalty look somewhere else
    6) 1980's Management style "This is how we did it when I got here (in 82) and that how we do it now" and so on.......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I realize that a majority of your annual compensation comes from your stock options which causes you to focus on short-term earnings. However for the good of the company please try to think a little further ahead than the next two to three years. If you hope to retain employees like myself who are still very young and very mobile you need to show us that the company will actually be around in 10 years. However from what I have seen senior management is only concerned with short-term earnings and you could care less about your staff young or old. If things don't change those who can are leaving and you can run this sinking ship into the iceberg by yourselves!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A little stifling - very stratified company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Bridgman, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bridgman, MI

    I have been working at AEP

    Pros

    Compensation - if the company awards the incentive bonus - is quite high.
    If a person is interested in nuclear plant operation or maintenance, this is a great place to work.
    The location - for a nuclear plant - is a strong plus.

    Cons

    The company expects all employees to live for work. Don't let a relative in the hospital interfere with your job.
    It is often difficult to get vacation time. One might have to work 16 hour days to get a week off.
    Don’t expect recognition for a job well done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to speak with one voice Don't let dissent in supervision dilute priorities.

    Stop killing yourself and expecting employees to do the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of promotional opportunities...but good benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at AEP

    Pros

    AEP offers great benefits compared to other companies in Columbus.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth or promotional opportunities. Management competence is lacking from a middle management level. Senior mgmt is fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AEP needs to focus more on promoting talented individuals rather than be satisfied with maintaining status quo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Odd Place to Work, Very Top-Down Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainer
    Current Employee - Trainer

    I have been working at AEP

    Pros

    Benefits are above average, Usually flexible with time off, Fairly steady with layoffs, Not a heavy workload

    Cons

    Varies by department; Whining; No 'Get-er-done' attitude; Top-down management; Disorganized; Too many bosses, no one takes responsibility; Many ineffective meetings;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized; meeting facilitiation training; departments need to make decisions based on facts/numbers, not friends; fire people who are ineffective

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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