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AEP Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
123 Reviews
3.7
123 Reviews
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AEP President & CEO Nick Akins
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer II

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    Former Employee - Engineer II in Buchanan, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Buchanan, MI

    I worked at AEP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Worked with a lot of good people. As an engineer we had a number of interesting projects. Working in the nuclear industry offered a lot of advancement opportunities, because of the aging workforce.

    Cons

    There was way too much bureaucracy. It was hard go get anything done, and slow. As a young engineer, this was very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage. There are a lot of management, morale boosting, and other techniques out there. Use them.

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

    No longer a steady workplace.

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Columbus, OH

    I worked at AEP full-time (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
  3.  

    excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AEP

    Pros

    good pay and benefits and and and

    Cons

    lack of manager development and esperience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Slow and steady

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AEP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable work environment and workforce. Many employees have been with the company for 30+ years. Benefits are great and include a pension fund. If you are looking for a comfortable place to put it into cruise control, this would be a very average place to do it.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement unless you are located at Columbus OH or Tulsa OK. The major con for me was lack of innovation that comes from a regulated business with an average employee age of ~48. Very poor IT infrastructure. AEP was using Office 2002 until Q1 2013, and old cannibalized laptops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide incentive compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Keep your nose clean

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    The company has pretty good benefits and a fair work environment. The opportunities are there if you are willing to work.

    Cons

    Management can be narrow minded at times and be prepared to move if asked. Failure to relocate can stifle all your opportunities

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

    Extremely old school

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at AEP full-time (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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company with great pay and benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Salary system is good and bonuses are very nice. Some positions allow for substantial autonomy. Overal a company that is very much dedicated to safety and reliability.

    Cons

    Autonomy can lead to boredom. Some jobs have supervisors so far removed that you end up with a lot of free time as a result of a job lacking difficulty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review position duties. Paying someone $70K + to do cashier/admin duties makes people with aptitude very bored.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Moundsville, WV
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Moundsville, WV

    I worked at AEP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work- everyday is different. Team approach to job.

    Cons

    Management is in a bubble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thin out mid-level management. Really listen to your frontline people. As it stands, they say they want input or that they are listening but no one sees any evidence that anyone is actually heard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    So tied up in politics it doesn't move forward

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some really great people at all levels.

    Cons

    Politics rule, pay increases infrequent and don't keep up with COLA. Too many levels of management. Two managers to manage three employees and they wonder why costs are too high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Draw on your talent pool, listen to your people. If you want to cut costs look at cutting that redundant layer of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very good place to work!!!

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    Former Employee - Journeyman Lineman-Line Mechanic A in Lawton, OK
    Former Employee - Journeyman Lineman-Line Mechanic A in Lawton, OK

    I worked at AEP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Awesome people and they really take care of their employees.

    Cons

    No cons to report about AEP.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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