Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Updated July 9, 2015
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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President & CEO Michael W. Howard
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Pros
  • The employees are very devoted to their research, but the company allows healthy work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Most employees work schedules are flexible enough to allow them to work from home as needed (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The only way to break through glass ceiling is to leave the company (in 2 reviews)

  • Project managers have little skill in being people managers (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great work, great people, great environment

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

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Interesting, challenging, and thought-provoking work - Predictable rhythm and work pace - You feel like you're working on something that's making a difference - Great benefits - Talented and intelligent people - Flexible work arrangements - Highly respected in the industry (U.S. and globally) - Opportunities to expand skills within your technical specialty - Competitive compensation plans

    Cons

    - For some, the pace can be too slow - Depending on the role, expect a lot of travel for meetings - Very little structured people development process - Very flat functional organizations => few upward mobility opportunities - Recent focus on cost-cutting => reduction in some "intangible" perks

    Advice to Management

    - Work on talent and people development; develop more growth opportunities - Empower people to make more decisions without management oversight


  2. Great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Tester Contractor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester Contractor in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Near commute transit area, nice location with a hillview, good technology, friendly people, helpful staff members

    Cons

    Need more parking spaces for the company buildings


  3. EPRI, a good place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer/Scientist III in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Project Engineer/Scientist III in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Stables career with opportunities for advancement. Many, many areas to work in in nearly every aspect of the utility industry.

    Cons

    Company is slow to adapt in some areas and being out competed. It can be hard to coordinate efforts with other groups in the company.

    Advice to Management

    The vision and direction of the company is never clearly presented to employees in a way that forms a cohesive driving focus to our work. Most of the time we are talked to with lofty ideals without the means to ensure those ideals are fully realized.


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  5. Student Inter

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely love the company. Management is fantastic.

    Cons

    No cons as of yet


  6. Good environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Pros

    - Great Employees to work with - Laid back environment but good working atmosphere - Team driven - Flexible hours

    Cons

    For a tech company with in Bay Area, the wages are quite low

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent and train new people


  7. Helpful (5)

    IT and Marketing Incompetence

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant engineers and research Office locations Research excellence Global Contributions

    Cons

    Last 5 years has shown the utter incompetence of IT staff and particular lower level management. Incompetent staff rewarded for incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Cleanup existing IT staff. too many people who do minimal work.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Dysfunctional culture

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

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time

    Pros

    Exciting achievements to advance technology for the electric power industry. EPRI has been at the center of amazing developments for the industry for over forty years.

    Cons

    The culture at EPRI is swirling in dysfunction. Old culture and personalities of a growing not-for-profit from years past continually strive against leadership's desire to operate as a business. This conflict has eroded any semblance of discipline and prevents any attempt to implement effective processes or best practice. Don't come here if you want to grow and be successful. My personal experience has also been darkened by a lack of support from my immediate supervisor. Communication is primarily one-way (me to supr.) and when challenges arise my supervisor condemns me rather than supporting a position previously agreed with when discussed.

    Advice to Management

    EPRI will always be challenged to retain talented employees and those that remain will be discontented with management and only hang around for the technology.


  9. Server Operations Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable co-workers and consistent work expectation.

    Cons

    Not very exciting for Information Technology

    Advice to Management

    Assess management styles frequently.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Terrible management, highly segregated culture

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

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great research opportunities; mix with lots of diverse people in electricity industry, great benefits, laid-back

    Cons

    do nothing to help transition for new hires (including those with experience), little managerial direction, very unstructured in terms of policies and procedures, difficult to advance, pay increases are menial and do not keep up with inflation


  11. Great company doing great things!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting research , great compensation , laid back and relaxed work environment, many employee incentatives

    Cons

    None from my experience



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