Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2014
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) – US – “EPRI Campus”

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3.2 39 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President & CEO Michael W. Howard

Michael W. Howard

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Not what it used to be...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat mission and very nice people.

    ConsBeing 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Knoxville, TN

    ProsFlexible hours. Quick reimbursement on expense reports.

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Failing Company

    Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsPalo Alto is a great place to work, but very expensive
    Charlotte maybe is a good place to work, but that's stretching it
    Knoxville has cheap living, but not sure what else
    Will let you work from home anywhere, so nobody sees what you are doing
    Excellent work life balance

    ConsCEO not held accountable for his failed, grandiose ERP initiative. Blaming lower level people
    Higher level management is English language challenged
    Absentee Management : work from home or hide out in Knoxville or Phoenix
    Most PM work is now simply paper pushing
    Management wants innovation but employees allowed to work from home and company library was eliminated with no viable substitute implemented
    Membership funding decreasing
    Company losing personnel widely respected in their fields
    Company needs an effective Board of Directors that truly understands the R&D business
    Most of management has never performed company's PM work
    Promotion is based on buddy system
    Glass ceiling is apparent
    Not a Silicon Valley type of company

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of flying around the world on so called company business with your wives, maybe its time you stay in the office and focus on managing effectively the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A starting point, but not great for long term.

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGood place to start your career.

    ConsBudget cuts have led the company to be frugal on research symposiums, corporate benefits, and ERP implementation, while upper management receives quiet bonuses. Promotions and salary awarded on seniority, not on accomplishments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOutdated principles and policies do little to compete with other Silicon Valley opportunities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A once-proud industry icon being dragged under by management hubris and incompetence

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Knoxville, TN

    Pros-- Focus by most staff on research and benefit to the industry
    -- Great people willing to help when you need it
    -- Generous salary and benefits
    -- Nice offices; good facilities

    Cons-- New senior managers are convinced they are the smartest guys in the room, but pet projects have run WAY over budget and they are now cutting loose critical talent to balance the budget
    -- Overall intellectual arrogance is part of corporate culture
    -- Too much focus on selling R&D to funders disillusions researchers, who must spend time selling instead of R&D
    -- Most career paths are dead ends with no opportunity for advancement
    -- Management favorites can go years without producing significant results while award-winning researchers are laid off due to budget overruns
    -- Senior staff assumes good researchers are good project and people managers and don't need training for these critical skills. The results have been some spectacular and expensive project failures
    -- Senior VP in charge of current ERP project is determined it will launch on deadline despite systems development far behind schedule. Result is staff is being trained on systems that will change before they ever get to use them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSlow down, take a breath. Quit trying to show everyone how smart you are by gutting improvements made by predecessors and setting unrealistic deadlines. Stop getting rid of key people you don't like in the name of budgets. Stop demanding time-consuming consistency in the many, many cases where it gains the organization nothing and actually creates more work. Don't make people managers unless/until they have demonstrated management skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Utility Industry Leader

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThis company was founded to provide research and direction to USA utilities. They have been on the forefront of project management in research and development of power delivery in the USA. They are well respected within the utility industry and is a great place to work for engineers and scientists who want to be valued for their input and provide valuable input and discovery into the utility industry of the USA and the world.

    ConsManagement doesn't care for non-engineer staff. If you are not a member of the engineering staff, you are not valuable. Seems to be a constant struggle for upper management and budget dollars.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen when administrative staff informs you of issues. You have lost many good employees by listening to the wrong people who had motives other than what was best for the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nightmare in Silicon Valley

    Director (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsExcellent and overly generous compensation, including bonus and retirement
    Beautiful campus
    Good Work-Life balance
    Some very smart people
    Fun events

    ConsThe worst of academia and civil service combined;
    Very political; lots of drama behind the scenes at Senior Management Level
    Lots of game playing and backstabbing at peer level; many of your peers have never worked anywhere else or they are related to another employee;
    Operationally, science aside, in another century; don't work here for more than a few years if you want to be employable afterwards

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's non profit organization so not to much competition among employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsOverall company provide a good benefit for employees and good place for person who wants to stay in one place for a longer time and where people can have flexible time for family matter.

    ConsNot good for person who wants to have an advancement in career as the opportunity only limited to a certain area and like anywhere else, sometimes the evaluation is not based on performance but based on like and dislike and how employee can make the boss happy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany should have an independent advisor to evaluate the employee capabilities so the evaluation based on the performance not based on personal evaluation so employee in any position who is not capable should not keep the position longer but transfer to a more suitable one. The right person in the right place should be implemented.

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