AEP Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. Comfortable but Reluctant to Change

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

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

    Pros

    You can become quite comfortable working here
    Work-Life Balance
    Opportunity for Travel
    Relocation

    Cons

    Strong Status Quo and Favoritism
    Promotions are based more on people skills and soft skills than technical skills
    Very stagnant and reluctant to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire knowledgeable people into management not your friends

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    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
  3. Fleet Mate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fleet Mate in Convent, LA
    Current Employee - Fleet Mate in Convent, LA

    I have been working at AEP

    Pros

    Good pay great benefits hands on training and certification set schedule

    Cons

    Long hours, breaking and building tow, either there way or no way, what you are taught in training changes once you go out there, some captains are mean

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs more diversity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Retired now but I still think a lot about my work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Unit Operator in Glen Lyn, VA
    Current Employee - Unit Operator in Glen Lyn, VA

    I have been working at AEP

    Pros

    Good pay great employees close to home

    Cons

    12 hr. Shift to much useless training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    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
  7. AEP

    • 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

    Pros

    Great Culture. Take Care of their employees. Good co-workers.

    Cons

    Love this company. No cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  8. Horrible - Transmission Field Worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Substation in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Substation in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at AEP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good medical plan but lousy dental and vision. The monthly costs you pay for the dental and vision coverage doesn't cover enough on certain procedures, you end up paying a large out of pocket sum.

    Cons

    Management is top heavy, one employee could have up to four supervisors at any time and with neither of them communicating with each other, confusion is always present. Most managers and supervisors have been given their positions by the "who you know" method and not by education or experience. The company continues to downsize to the point of overworking employees and enforcing a completion time for projects with minimum employees performing the work. This creates dangerous situations and impedes safety practices and if an accident does occur the employee is terminated. They say they have a "stop work" program, but if you invoke this practice the supervisors become infuriated and create inappropriate jobs for you to accomplish. They are only there to fill their pockets, not perform a service to the community.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train you managers better or send them packing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Discrimination filled

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maint Mechanical in Brilliant, OH
    Current Employee - Maint Mechanical in Brilliant, OH

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

    Pros

    I really don't know if there is any

    Cons

    Extremely long hours weekends holidays forced overtime poor training no tools
    Poor management no leadership
    Working side by side with drunks and company does nothing about
    Unsafe and dangerous working conditions
    Asbestos arsenic mercury lead chromium

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over get quality people be honest grow balls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Good Company

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

    I worked at AEP full-time

    Pros

    The people who actually do the work are great

    Cons

    Promotions are vague across the board. Promotions are based on how good your direct supervision is at fighting for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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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