AES Corporation

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AES Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.7 81 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

AES Corporation President & CEO Andrés Gluski

Andrés Gluski

(46 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Significant opportunity to be part of a global company - very smart people(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Required to give it your all, work long hours and keep up with the competition(in 9 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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    Good learning experience and pay but.......................

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsExcellent 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.

    ConsDespite 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 Senior ManagementBe careful not to cut staff too deeply, it will hurt in the long run

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    AES Values which have been its driving principles from the start are now just words proudly displayed on pretty posters.

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsCompetent people. The people in the businesses work together as a team and genuinely care for one another.

    ConsThe Corporate Office (especially accounting) consistently pushes down edicts that make no sense in the field. Timelines are set for initiatives and 75% of the time is taken by Corporate to make a decision (which often ends up being the wrong decision) and then the businesses are stuck trying to implemnet a process with little resources, insufficient time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Management needs to read the AES Values again and remember to Honor its Commitment to its employees and quit hiring and firing people in constant organization change to give the analysts the appearance of improvement.. Go back to the days of transparency and open communication. These are not ways to be top quartile in places to work in the US.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant reorg and fear of lay offs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    Prosget to work on complex projects, some smart people

    Conspolitics in management, constant reorganizations and layoffs, unstable, no clear communication from management

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    AES great for career development, but poor for organizational culture and leadership.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStrong emphasis on safety and values. Compensation good.

    ConsIn spite of emphasis on values, subcultures are poor. Contributions aren't valued unless you are politically connected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDive deeper into the organization, be honest and open with employees, understand your subcultures.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good learning experience

    Finance Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWide open for talent to grow

    ConsInconsistent strategy and too much powers given to Plant Managers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The most frustrating professional experience of my career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation can be above industry standards and benefits are good.

    ConsFrequent reorganization and management changes. AES does not see how disruptive it is to productivity and morale when the strategic direction of the company changes every 2-6 months. Deadlines are unrealistic and there are way too many layers of managers. Long hours, little recognition and discrimination of women is prevalent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick ONE corporate culture and STICK with it for more than 6 months. Stop moving people around. It is impossible to meet business goals when there are 3-8 levels of management direction all competing for control.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work, culture among employees is great!

    Designer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat collaboration among creatives. Great work/life balance.

    ConsPay is low, no room for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    International experience, changing environment, and challenging work for self-motivated people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsGreat compensation & benefits, talented people at different levels and locations to learn from, significant opportunities to grow for people that work hard and are connected within the organization, very diverse company

    ConsSignificant organizational changes over the past few years, making the initial stages of change management a challenge. Once the current structure is in place and stable, there will hopefully be more clarity on roles and responsibilities throughout the organization to lead strategic direction and efficiency.

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    Different Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsIf you work in the Corporate offices in Arlington, is very flexible.
    Open doors, and all management is very accessible.
    Global company with presence in 21 countries. Opportunities for development in different countries and environments.
    I like the values of the company and its commitment to doing good business.
    Great people, different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities.

    ConsIf you don´t like change and prefer more structured and formal companies... this is not your place.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits, free parking, location, and company match.

    ConsExtreme long hours. Management wants "aces" and step aside if you don't want to work 7 days a week. You must answer emails at all hours of the day and night. You are not rewarded equally for pay or bonus. It is a club atmosphere. Your boss will ride you nonstop. No concern for your health or well being. They say their number one concern is "safety" but that is not true. If they think it's safe to work 12-14 hour days just to get the job done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSlow the train down. So many changes in a short amount of time. Stop with all the meetings. It's ridiculous. You have to work late or at home just to actually do your job since you are in meetings all day long and even late in the evening.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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