AEP Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
115 Reviews
3.6
115 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
  • Upper management is blind to the average employee, they think every employee is in a white collar job (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 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2. 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 for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fine but could be better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AEP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits and competitive compensation

    Cons

    Politics, extensive red tape, slow to act or implement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Give due consideration to Pros & Cons for work in this Industry

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AEP full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Good people at the field and local levels to work with. Departments with minimal required overtime would be acceptable to most people. Electricity is needed continually 365 days a year, and there is always maintenance work to be done so there is continual work.

    Cons

    PUCO push/rush for deregulation over the past 10-15 years has changed the work environment there, and has resulted in significant staffing reductions over the same time period. Front line employees responsible for, or those considering a job for maintaining power flow of the electric grid need to know the amount of work / life / health balance they desire and carefully weight that against the pay and the hours that will be required of them with the current level of front line staffing.

    Regulatory pressure on budgets has increased yearly, as well as the work tone of do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value front line employees as a resource to maintain, not a commodity to use up. Make certain that you get what you're paying for. Value good performing employees and recognize them accordingly.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once was a great place to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at AEP as a contractor

    Pros

    Lots of good people who really care about what they do, and their customers. 95+% really try to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Financial and political pressures have pushed out many of the best, and have left an enviroment of fear, distrust, and more work than can be done with the resources available. Voluntary separations have left too many undesirable people behind (dead wood doesn't prune itself).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at middle management integrity. There are a lot of good people there, but some have survived the past few rounds of cuts by torpedoing potential threats and/or the less politically astute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Maintenance Superintendent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AEP

    Pros

    Good salary & benefits; Solid company

    Cons

    Company up against industry challenges

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ideal place to make a start

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Former Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Former Employee in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Very conducive work culture
    Decent pay package and benefits

    Cons

    Slow career growth
    Conservative
    Archaic mgmt pactices

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A rewarding experience with good people.

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    Current Employee - NE Supervisor  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - NE Supervisor in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Safety is number 1, with the ability to stop a job if it something is deemed unsafe.
    The ability to make a good living is their for most people in the organization.
    I think management is trying to do the best it can with the current economic conditions.

    Cons

    Downsizing is causing the Company and Industry to lose good experienced talent.
    More work load with less people seem to be the norm with the same pay.
    An aging workforce will hurt the company in the next 5 years as not enough young talent is being hired and trained utilizing the best teachers (the current workforce) prior to leaving or severenced out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If compensation and raises continues to be stagnant, we will continue to loose good smart talent to the Oil and Gas Industries in all service territories.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Engineer I  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    For the most part great employees.

    Cons

    Somepolitics that needs to be resolved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    traditional electric utility

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Bridgman, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bridgman, MI

    I worked at AEP full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    AEp has been around long enough to be a reliable employer.
    AEP has relatively strong pay and benefits package.
    Office facilities are nice in home office, less attractive in plant assignments
    The company allows transfer between department and job assignments.

    Cons

    Workplace courtesy and respect does not get the emphasis that assignment completion gets.
    Front line supervisors have too much latitude to set their own personnel policies.
    Reflects nuclear industry trend of reducing engineer capability at nuclear sites in favor of offsite consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benchmark industry to find out who understands how to get qualified people to accept supervisor and manager positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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