AES Corporation Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
89 Reviews

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AES Corporation President & CEO Andrés Gluski
Andrés Gluski
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great global company that really trys to do the right thing socially worldwide (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people, different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Required to give it your all, work long hours and keep up with the competition (in 10 reviews)

  • There are a lot of changes going on, office redesign, people being laid off (everyone is over-worked) (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than a 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
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for 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
  3.  

    Challenging and fulfilling place to work

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    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
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    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Challenging work and great people. New office redesign is better than expected. It is a great example of the culture being driven by the CEO who is a visionary. The company is focused on its strategy which hasn't changed since the CEO took over. He and his executive leaders don't shy away from the tough decisions required to transform the company.

    Cons

    The company is still working on development and training programs. It is getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with your strategy and the cultural transformation underway. Some recent departed employees are disparaging to the company and I don't agree with their comments. If you want to know how people feel talk to those dedicated and committed who work at AES - I am sure you will find the counter negative comments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    AES a GREAT place to work!

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

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for 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
  7.  

    Entrepreneurial spirit in a large company

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, values-based leadership and abundant growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Admin creep has occurred, but that's just the pendulum swinging back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proactively communicate to AES people how the company is positioning itself in the face of significant industry changes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    What is it that we believe in?

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    Current Employee - Performance Engineer  in  Kapolei, HI
    Current Employee - Performance Engineer in Kapolei, HI

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

    Pros

    I think the company is finally, but marginally headed in the right direction, only in last couple of years. It will be interesting to see how it pans out. A Fortune 200-sizes balance sheet provides healthy compensations but mask inefficiencies.

    Cons

    Currently the company is going through a period of rediscovery/reinvention. The structure at the corporate level shifts constantly in an effort to find the right strategy. Historically the company has had ample access to capital so it grew through acquisitions of power plants. Right now the strategy is to divest and simplify the portfolio and regain liquidity in an effort to offset the ridiculous level of leverage the assets were exposed to. The corporate values are well articulated, but the people do not buy into them anymore. Although the values are noble by nature, they are not engrained in the DNA of the businesses. The overall culture lacks a passionate vision for the future. The company is trying to figure out how to get back on track. For that same reason it may be an opportunity for someone with the right vision to come in an really make a difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote risk taking, in fact, reward risk taking and honest mistakes. People are walking on egg shells, trying hard not to disrupt the operation, being zapped of their creative juices in the process. The open collaboration environment was a step in the right direction.
    Delete the "strategic temple". The temple is nothing more than a list of operational efficiency goals, which is important to have. TRS greater than the S&P 500 is a worthwhile objective. It does NOT communicate the company's strategic intent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too many organizational changes within very short time span. it used to be a truly global corporation.

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    Former Employee - Director Regulatory Affairs
    Former Employee - Director Regulatory Affairs

    I worked at AES Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exposure to diverse cultures amid a truly global corporation (it used to be).
    Excellent benefit/compensation package for: Team Leaders, Business Leaders, Directors, VPs, and so on.
    A great opportunity to learn on a challenging sector of the economy.
    Values are great (at least theoretically).

    Cons

    A chaotic organizational environment with too many changes taking place on very short time periods.
    Performance review is a futile exercise, useful only to determine the size of your bonus and LT compensation.
    As in most global organizations, getting promoted to higher positions depends on your performance (40%) and your exposure to and contacts within the upper management (60%).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great challenging and international exposure. Strong values, but on paper not practice by top management.

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    Former Employee - Business Development Associate  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Above average compensation and bonus plan for management. Flex time is always promoted.

    Cons

    Too many reorgs every 1-2 yrs causing low morale and talented people to leave, like me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are way too many management positions given by finger selecting people that have the same nationality as the CEO and they don't necessarily have the best competences. They preach not to have preferred treatment in the code of conduct- but it's what Management actually does with the same group of individuals. Forget about being a top place to work if you don't promote the best people, have open dialogue with employees and don't manage training plans. HR is totally lost as well as GBS. Limited growth due to extinguishing of the BD function globally and you wonder why the stock is stagnant? Soon you will be taken over by a lager Power co.

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

    Good learning experience and pay but.......................

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at AES Corporation

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits package. Interesting global company involved in interesting transactions. Company has clearly articulated values and really tries to live by them. Very committed workforce.

    Cons

    Despite hitting most of its financial targets, the company is managed at times like it isn't making any money as evidenced by several layoffs in the past 3 years. Management needs to remember that employees are constituents/stakeholders too, not just shareholders. Long hours and always on call. Limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful not to cut staff too deeply, it will hurt in the long run

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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