AES Corporation Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
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AES Corporation President & CEO Andrés Gluski
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • As a global company AES offers a wide variety of opportunities working alongside great people (in 11 reviews)

  • Interesting global company involved in interesting transactions (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, little recognition and discrimination of women is prevalent (in 12 reviews)

  • You must be strong enough to manage your work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenging Environment with Opportunity to Grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment that welcomes all to contribute and collaborate. Your past experience is appreciated and used however manageable. Excellent training courses available both through the company and through access from other individuals with outside contacts i.e. webinars from 3rd party vendors, etc. Always being pushed to learn more and motivated to work harder. Very impressed and love the work ethic of the people here.

    Cons

    Hours can be long due to the company being international; working with any Asian time zones can be a challenge. But that is to be expected when working in the international realm. Since there is a 'liberal leave' policy for vacation, it can be difficult to know when is the most appropriate times to take time off if not around the holidays. However, that is something that can be worked out with your supervisor. Never had an issue with that. Just a new concept.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    AES Cares about their employees.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AES Corporation

    Pros

    AES has regular safety training and gives employees opportunities to serve in the community. They invest in their employees and offer fair compensation and benefits accordingly. Leadership regularly attends service projects.

    Cons

    Work projects are high intensity and demanding which can be off putting to some people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, come with an open mind to learn and contribute!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of the IT Organization in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of the IT Organization in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The company has a unique culture that is somewhat difficult to penetrate and understand; however, that is part of the challenge and once achieved, there are many opportunities that can be created for you to grow. The leadership teams from the top to mid-level are interested in making this the best place to work, which is outstanding. The people at AES corporate are intelligent and if you are willing to invest some of your own personal time to learn about the company; then the sky will be the limit for your growth. I think the benefits are rich and good as well.

    Cons

    If you don't start on the right foot, you might as well leave. Challenging "status quo" must be done with diplomacy and after doing a lot of homework to be sure you can defend your idea. This makes it difficult to brainstorm and put ideas on the table for fear of being labeled as "insufficiently knowledgeable" and ultimately excluded from contributing. This could also lead to a lot of the “same” people for decisions / ideas; limiting innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course with the Power Breakfast and Safety Day; etc. Look to improve some of the internal tools to be in line with a true sector leader. The HR tools are in dire need of improvements and they are short on the basic capabilities such as single sign on and comprehensive views. Self-improvement learning tools for employees are also key to employees feeling valued and appreciated.
    Finally, I would suggest:
     a) Create a "Products and Services" section on the external website to highlight some of the A&E capabilities of AES, and
    b) Identify the competitor(s) and where they might be ahead of us; uniting the employees to “beat/exceed” the competition can be a very powerful force with a common goal to rally towards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Challenging environment, with lots of opportunities to learn and grow.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    A changing complex business model provides great learning opportunities. Great people who work together towards a common goal. Long term compensation and bonus potential make up a good compensation package.

    Cons

    Since it is an international business employees are expected to work some long hours and check email on weekends. The new open design of the Corporate office provides challenges for getting work complete and is not a good match for the type of work most people need to do on a daily basis.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good and bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Clear plan and priorities from the top. They say all the right things and I believe that they are responsive to employee feedback. My group in particular is small, focused, and fantastic - great individuals who are wonderful mentors.

    Cons

    No effort made to link day-to-day to goals. Total shareholder return better than the S&P Utiltiies? Great, but how am I supposed to move the needle?

    No career progression path besides a vague recommendation to work in one of the businesses as opposed to in the corporate headquarters. That's managing existing bloat, not retaining or developing talent.

    Quite a few managers have a tendency to micromanage. Communication between departments can be very secretive and competitive, to no real end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Developing the top managers by rotating them between the regions is a great idea, but a rotational program for junior employees would be just as helpful. It would also create organic communication loops and help unearth new adjacencies and opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dream job that became a nightmare

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were very good. The job itself was challenging and self-directed, which I prefer. The person who hired me was a wonderful boss - very forward thinking in terms of team building and goal accomplishment and did NOT micromanage every breath I took. And then he went on to another position....

    Cons

    The company policies for time-off and work/life balance are ideal but they do not ensure that management applies those policies. I went from having a true leader to having a micromanaging dictator who treated me like a slave. The company was well aware of the reputation and history of this individual since this person was part of a company that AES acquired. It was an easy, cheap solution for them to retain this person .....and as a result, AES lost several excellent employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Policies are great but try actually implementing them throughout the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    AES has a very unique culture and is an exciting and challenging place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    AES is value driven, and the company clearly cares about its people. The AES mission to provide "safe, reliable, and sustainable energy" is incredibly meaningful, especially because safety is valued above all else. Those who have written negative and nasty remarks singling out individual AES leaders obviously do not belong at AES. Our leadership team does a remarkable job in communicating AES' long term strategy with its people. Our CIO, Elizabeth, is constantly encouraging feedback from all individuals, no matter their positions within the company. She did a phenomenal job transforming the workplace into a collaborative and more efficient work environment.

    Cons

    Requires long hours, but I am sure that is the same for any other Fortune 200 company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
  9.  

    AES is a great company that challenges and give you the opportunity to grow.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    People and Values. The people at AES are great. They work together in teams to make AES and each other better. AES is steadfast in its values regardless of management or changing business direction. The company is demanding so don't come here unless you enjoy a challenge, change and a desire to grow personally.

    Cons

    You must be strong enough to manage your work-life balance. If you want to grow with AES expect to move several times internationally. In some areas of the company you are either an insider or an outsider. One must be politically savvy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Andres and the ELT are committed to the strategy and this is great for AES. There is opportunity to improve alignment of goals/KPIs/incentives among Corp teams and SBU's. Management sometimes sweats the small stuff, stay focused on the big items that drive success and trust your teams to manage the rest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging and fulfilling place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The mission of the company is pretty fantastic, and it's great to work in an industry that makes such a positive impact on people every day. The work itself is challenging and interesting--lots of opportunities to initiate and lead new projects. Since it's a multinational company, the global exposure is great too.

    Cons

    If you need structure, defined policies and constant direction--this is not the place for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    AES a GREAT place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    As a global company AES offers a wide variety of opportunities working alongside great people. Management is doing a good job setting and articulating clear strategy and driving performance by holding people accountable. AES provides excellent benefits and a great new work environment.

    Cons

    Due to the company mission long hours are involved. It is a challengeing environment with multiple time zones and cultures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course, too much change, too fast, will not render sustained results. There have been many positive improvements and organizational changes that just need time to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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