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AEP Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
131 Reviews
3.7
131 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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
  • The disconnection between the front line employees and upper management (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 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    AEP Is not such a great place to work anymore.

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    1.) Base pay is good.
    2.) Telecommuting is available for many people.
    3.) One is usually allowed to work without heavy micromanaging.

    Cons

    1.) The benefits have been getting worse over time and I see this trend continuing e.g.(The loss of the Aetna PPO, Pension plan eliminated for new hires, etc.)
    2.) There are reorganizations ever 2 to 3 years which interferes with people who are trying to get promoted and have to impress yet another boss all over again.
    3.) The Top-Down Command and Control management style from the 70s still exists at AEP.
    4.) The pay grade matrix has been revamped to a new system which has clearly put ceilings on what people can make without being promoted.
    5.) Stodgy and inefficient. Lots of bureaucracy, meetings, and rubber stamping in order to get work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In a time when share prices at AEP are higher than ever before ($65/share), things like reducing benefits, laying off people every two years, and offshoring certain IT and HR jobs gives a strong signal that employees are not important. Expect that same kind of loyalty in return from employees as other opportunities become available for them in the marketplace.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Attempting to improve employee morale

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

    I have been working at AEP full-time

    Pros

    The work is interesting and engaging. There are many good people.

    Cons

    Employee morale suffers due to feeling disenfranchised. Most younger employees seek other more progressive employers and most older employees are seeking a 'buy-out'for retirement. There are few middle-management skills worthy of emulating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The highest upper management is skilled but have recently imposed a 'new' salary scale which has effectively imposed great limitations on promotion beyond a 2% yearly increase, siting other Utility company wages, rather than Engineering companies, for similar job functions and responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Boneheaded management

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, lots of perks

    Cons

    Management is grappling with how to compete in markets that were regulated for more than 100 years. Company will continue to downsize as it deals with shrinking margins and high overhead. Senior management makes decisions based on extremely superficial analyses performed by outside consultants who have no clue about what they're doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making employees go through re-education programs to try to improve the culture won't help when the cultural issues begin on the 30th floor of 1 Riverside Plaza.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very good environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Gahanna, OH
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Gahanna, OH

    I have been working at AEP full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice and you will definitely get help from your peers if you have questions about procedures to follow and stuff like that

    Cons

    Training is not very good. They still haven't created a good training system for new hires or for reference for existing employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits and co-workers, but IT resources are limited and systems are outdated.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator II in Charleston, WV
    Current Employee - Administrator II in Charleston, WV

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

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive (medical, dental, vision, FSA, life insurance, etc.). Some departments allow flex-time and telecommuting. Educational assistance plan is great.

    Cons

    The roll-out of the new "Culture" of AEP is a joke to most employees. Upper management is blind to the average employee, they think every employee is in a white collar job. They need to start valuing the physical employees who put their lives on the line every day. A lot of employees are leaving because of outdated computer systems and programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know all of your employees, the ones doing the physical work, office staff, people who work on the boats.

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

    Too bad AEP laid off so many talented employees in 2013

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Was a great company to work for, valued it's employees, excellent benefits, safety a big focus. Employees took pride in their work

    Cons

    Not working in Columbus held back corporate employees located at other locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, but I think the 2013 re-alignment did a disservice to many hard working employees. Jobs that were posted as 'available to affected employees only' never really seemed to exist

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be ready to work!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Software Developer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - IT Software Developer in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at AEP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, people are nice and friendly

    Cons

    Overworked, monotonous processes, senior level and supervisors are rude and arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to hire people who are smarter than you! Don't underpay people - eventually they will figure out and leave for the company who can pay them their worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    5+ years management and engineering

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Challenges and Bonus

    Cons

    The pros above are being continuously impacted (deminished) to a point where we are not a leader in industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company if your job isn't affected almost yearly in company reorganizations.

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice company but really needs to manage its budget.

    Cons

    Upper management has no clue what they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop with the reorganizations already!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Get all of the information

    • 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 as an intern

    Pros

    Learned as much as you want
    Scope of work

    Cons

    Employees seemed miserable with management/company in general

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your employees happier

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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