AES Corporation Reviews

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AES Corporation President & CEO Andrés Gluski
Andrés Gluski
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Pros
  • As a global company AES offers a wide variety of opportunities working alongside great people (in 12 reviews)

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

Cons
  • You must be strong enough to manage your work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • AES has gone through a lot of changes and reorganizations in the last 10 years (in 4 reviews)

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  1. An exciting company that provides interesting challenges and room for growth.

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Strong leadership and direction that is beginning to pay off. Seems to be a concerted effort to provide paths to improvement and promotion in an effort to "build a bench" a few years after layoffs. Very smart people in every department.

    Cons

    Have to be comfortable with constant change in order to succeed. The recent move to an open office has led to the standard complaints of an open office (too loud/chaotic, loss of productivity).Hours can be long, especially during busy time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Setting some guidelines/support for work from home could off-set some of the negatives of the new open office, especially with some of the very long commutes in the DC area.

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

    Dynamic organization but constant change in management direction keeps employees from reaching potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, opportunity for travel and foreign assignments, very smart employees. Vision of C-suite leaders is inspirational.

    Cons

    Corporate culture in HQ out of touch with business operations and employees' career concerns. Non-C-Suite leaders ignore advice from director / manager level staff and only want to surround themselves with people who agree with their views.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow leaders to use operational changes as an excuse to change organizational structure multiple times a year. Develop a plan, staff accordingly, and execute. Changing direction so often is not strategic - employees simply do not believe the leaders and it undermines the vision of C-Suite. It also creates unnecessary shareholder risk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Confusion

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at AES Corporation

    Pros

    There are no pros for this company

    Cons

    Upper management is deceitful and dishonest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change entire management currently employed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    AES Corporate office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AES Corporation

    Pros

    Good Salary and Great Bonus

    Cons

    Open sycophancy in every department. We used to be known for our diversity and openness. Now it is going towards lip service.
    Bad working conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introspect, please. Hiring or promoting people should not be about who you know but what skills you possess. It used to be a good company, make it great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Never Dull

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    AES is a place where there is always a lot going on. Across the organization there are new initiatives, issues challenges etc. that keep everyone busy. In more recent years much of the activity is a result of the company being proactive, so that is a good thing. I feel like I am always learning. The other great thing about working here is the people: smart, hard working, team players who are usually good fun to work with as well. Also, the team here in Arlington is very diverse: we have people here from so many different countries and with many different experiences. This helps to make the experience here both professionally and personally rewarding.

    Cons

    The pace is fast and sometimes the hours and the pressure are a challenge. It can go in cycles. When things are really tough you just need to hang in there and work through the challenges until things get somewhat normal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that we are not over ambitious with how much we aim to do at once. Set clear priorities and decide which things will be done later rather than now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Change is constant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AES Corporation

    Pros

    focused on safety, global company provides opportunities

    Cons

    lots of change, difficult to gauge corporate direction

  8. Interesting and dynamic place to work

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are pretty good for the DC area. Generally interesting work with a lot of opportunity to work with a diverse group of people across the globe. Most of the people I have worked with are great people to be around both inside and outside of work.

    Cons

    With all the recent cuts the work load has increased for everyone leading to lower quality of work-life balance. This is very much dependent on which group you work for. Company is run by a small subset of people that make most of the decisions with little regard for other people's opinions. Many major decisions are made based on feeling and or relationships rather than logic. Opportunity for advancement is small and generally given to those that are in the inner circle. Decentralized business model misses out on many of the benefits of a global company especially related to shared services. Businesses make decisions for themselves at a local level rather than AES as a global company which eliminates many of the benefits of being a large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize everyone's advice to make decisions and not just people in the "inner circle". Centralize major purchasing/ business decisions so that AES can fully utilize the power of being a global company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great experience. Vary diverse company, with global presence and a lot of challenges and learning opportunities!

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diversity of Workforce, presence in 20 countries, career development opportunity, great salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Company's structure has changed a lot in the last years. Some of this changes were necessary, but it takes time for the company and employees to get used to it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    AES Corporation Response

    Dec 15, 2014Internal Communications

    You’ve pretty much summed it up—AES is full of diverse people working towards an important mission of providing safe, reliable and sustainable energy solutions all around the world. We appreciate ... More

  10. 10 week Business Development Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Business Development Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Intern - Business Development Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at AES Corporation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    worked with very experienced and intelligent professionals.
    provided an intern collaboration project to communicate with other interns.
    International Business environment.

    Cons

    The interactions between managers and entry level employees were limited.
    A traditional firm with a traditional work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More activities that promote more interactions between senior employees and entry level employees.
    More inter-department activities to let the interns know the functions and people from different department and business within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    AES Corporation Response

    Dec 15, 2014Internal Communications

    This is really valuable feedback. We want to ensure that our interns get the most out of their internship and will share this feedback with our HR team so they can continuously improve our internship ... More

  11. Fast paced, motivating, and diverse, AES is a great place to work for!

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pros: AES has a fast pace working environment. You will be surrounded with diverse, intelligent and energetic co-workers. Most people have the “can do” attitude. The compensation package is very reasonable. AES has a flexible working schedule but most people are working very hard to make sure the goals are accomplished.

    Cons

    The downside is that there is some inconsistency in leadership styles so it might not always reflect the company’s value. Also, many tiers of management/approvals can cause a delay in completing a project and some great ideas might not get implemented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote teamwork and a platform for open collaboration in a flatter structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    AES Corporation Response

    Dec 15, 2014Internal Communications

    Thanks for leaving your feedback. We agree—we’re an organization full of people with “can do” attitudes. With that said, we hate to hear that you feel there are barriers to implementing new ideas. We ... More

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