Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Updated August 12, 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. Chemistry Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, free fruit for breakfast. There are smart people at the organization as well, but the organizational structure is not conducive creativity.

    Cons

    Don't value the time of interns, so they give menial labor to interns. No real capabilities to perform experiments. Most of the nuclear team is there as bookkeepers.


  2. Great company

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top quality employees and the opportunity to work in a fast paced environment that is a leader in the electric power industry.

    Cons

    Tends to absorb your life and you may struggle to achieve a good work/life balance while achieving your work-related goals and objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work and progressive research environment among a peer group that is second to none. Consider development of employes as community leaders in addition to industry leadership.


  3. Great work, great people, great environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


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  5. Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - QA Tester Contractor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester Contractor in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  6. EPRI, a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer/Scientist III in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Project Engineer/Scientist III in Knoxville, TN
    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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    IT and Marketing Incompetence

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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. Student Inter

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    Current Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely love the company. Management is fantastic.

    Cons

    No cons as of yet


  9. Good environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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


  10. Helpful (5)

    Dysfunctional culture

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    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.


  11. Server Operations Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    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.



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