Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated February 6, 2015
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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President & CEO Michael W. Howard
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Pros
  • The employees are very devoted to their research, but the company allows healthy work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Most employees work schedules are flexible enough to allow them to work from home as needed (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The only way to break through glass ceiling is to leave the company (in 2 reviews)

  • Project managers have little skill in being people managers (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    A good place for self-motivated project managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer/Scientist in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Project Engineer/Scientist in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, some cutting-edge work, good opportunities for advancement in management, well-respected by utility industry. Somewhat flexible; a great place for self-motivated types. Very stable environment.

    Cons

    Offers poor resources for early-career employees to develop technical expertise. In a strange middle-ground between academic research and industry--can feel like an ivory tower (disconnected) while still feeling the pressures and corporate culture of industry (focus on productivity squashes creativity). Work-life balance can be easily overwhelmed in management roles. Conservative culture mirrors some utilities, with few women and minorities in technical roles.

    Advice to Management

    A serious effort needs to be made to foster professional development, especially for early-career employees in technical roles. Educational courses and externships would be highly valuable. Employee distrust of management will only increase as the use of corporate buzzwords in company communications increases. Executive absence from offices adds to the perception that they are disconnected from employees.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Terrible corporate culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Outside experience preferred

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    New Leadership Does Not Fit The Culture

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being a part of important innovative work

    Cons

    Lack of downward communication. Slow salary growth.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who are actually doing the work


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Company - Bad Politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    EPRI has a lot of nice people, good benefits, and a relaxed work environment. Lot of different topics being researched allows employees to find something that interests them.

    Cons

    Constant bickering in office politics become tiring and distracts from getting the job done. The company can't seem to rid itself of dead weight, a few individuals in each group seem to bog things down and are never dealt with.


  7. Project Engineer/Scientist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    travel, work with top experts in fields, flexible working hours, interesting topics, good compensation/benefits

    Cons

    older group, struggle developing young talent, slow to adopt change

    Advice to Management

    work on developing younger talent


  8. Meaningful work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    The work is meaningful and directly applicable to the industry

    Cons

    Challenging to get technical work.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good place to get your foot in the door, dreadfully boring however...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Work with industry experts everday -Lots of exposure to the utility industry -Nice buildings and offices -Opputunity to learn a lot -Cafeteria on-site with excellent food

    Cons

    -Little research is performed in house -Mainly middle man work -Tons of email -Intern work is equivalent to secretary work, even for engineering students -Very political work environment

    Advice to Management

    -Give employees stimulating work -Don't be so political


  10. The role of a program manager is significantly more narrow that in the private sector

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Pros

    It's an independent career opportunity, one where you set you own goals for projects as seek the approval of other companies outside of EPRI. The budget process is more in line with the nonprofit organization where all money received during a year is expected to be spent during the same year.

    Cons

    Most of the senior managers are hired from outside and not promoted from within. The processes for business are both out of date and are focused on informing senior management instead of supporting the research program. This has the effect of making them less useful to the program managers who depend up a budget process to assist them in working to a zero balance at the end of every year.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the knowledge and leadership of those coming from the same industry EPRI supports and don't feel that agressive managers are a threat to EPRI's image because they expect this kind of management behavior.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Technical Superiority; Career Mediocrity

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

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with top technical people Access to great technical information/reports Nice buildings and offices Exposure to contacts throughout Utility Industry Great 401k employer contribution Closed last week of year in addition to regular vacation

    Cons

    Very political Very inexperienced sr management in most positions except technical roles Hire most sr managers from outside limits advancement More focused on internal numbers/reports than customers results Expected to raise own funds Many inconsistent or nonexistent policies for operational matters Evaluation of employee worth very subjective and not consistent

    Advice to Management

    Review the company goals and mission. Don't expect technical experts to be good at business operations. Bring back leadership training that was emphasized under previous management. Hire a consultant to teach management team how to communicate. ( not an image consultant) Communicate company changes , good or bad, to employees and you may get some real support when people understand what is going on or maybe even a good idea.



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