Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Going downhill fast!!!

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

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits (401k, paid time off, health insurance)

    Cons

    The corporate culture is not befitting of a non-profit company, pay is below industry averages, little opportunity for advancement, horrible work life balance. This used to be a nice place to work, but has gone downhill and continues to at an exponential pace. Upper management WAY out of touch with reality, most of whom should never have been promoted into these positions. The only image of management that comes to mind is fat cats rubbing there full bellies, while the worker mice try to fight over the fallen crumbs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganizing the company as often as the wind changes, be honest and stop backstabbing your employees, invest in your people not your processes.

  2. Helpful (3)

    No direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Lenox, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Lenox, MA

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting projects. Ok work and life balance. Good place to start or end your career if you are in the right EPRI circle. Not much advancement in the long run.

    Cons

    The management matrix is failing. The management is constantly reorganizing itself. I've seen a lot of good, very intelligent folks leave good paying positions due to poor management.

    Salary is stagnant for most while the upper management receives incredible bonuses for a non profit organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting caustic bullies to the director level. Realize the talented engineers and researchers that are carrying the organization.

  3. Helpful (1)

    EPRI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    lots of data for research; flexible working hour; great industry experience for industry; great city; learn something out of the book

    Cons

    relative low salary compared to the expense in bay area; use phones quite often; provide too slow a desktop to perform any simulation or code release on it

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  5. Inspiring company mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is true to their mission and values. They provide cutting edge research that benefits the entire power industry. The employees are very devoted to their research, but the company allows healthy work-life balance. Most employees work schedules are flexible enough to allow them to work from home as needed.

    Cons

    Very little training, and employees are expected to be subject matter experts upon hiring. Very few opportunities to advance in your career within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to encourage direct managers to develop their employees much more. Employees seeking advancement quickly become frustrated.

  6. Working Enviroment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    no mircromanaging. at all. no one care what time you come in what time you leave how long you take your lunch for as long as the job is done.
    at the end of the day you always take your laptop home in case you wont be able to come in you can work from home no problem and most of the time no questions ask , again as long the job gets done

    Cons

    too quiet. people dont talk much keep to themselves.

    Advice to Management

    have once a week social meeting with your team. it really is the most boring place i have ever worked at.

  7. Very good experience. Great people.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Student Intern in Knoxville, TN
    Former Intern - Student Intern in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The office culture is great. The people there are very kind and want you to succeed. They work on a lot of cool projects, and are always happy to answer questions about them.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload can be a little sparse. If you intern here it is important to go out and talk to different project managers until you find a project you'd be interested in working on.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Once was good and now is horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    I can't think of a single positive thing about working at EPRI. Management goes out of the way to treat employees badly and make themselves look good. Excellent work is rewarded with termination and the bad actors and family members of management continue to move upwards. Communication is totally non-existent, unless you count hearing about the accomplishments of executives family members and what their dogs are doing. They share no information about the status of the company or where we are headed.

    Cons

    Executives believe they are the best thing that ever happened to the world and all employees are just a necessary evil that takes some of their bonus money away.

    If you want a stagnant job with absolutely no chance of advancement or even a piddly annual increase in salary, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Get real and understand that without the employees you are nothing. Blowing smoke up everyone's hind end does not make you an excellent CEO worthy of multi-million dollar compensation.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work, but takes a toll on personal life.

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

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Being put into a position to do a lot of good work with a lot of good people.

    Cons

    Travel. Terrible work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Traveling is a burden on families. Change the employee handbook so that traveling or working on weekends counts (i.e., working hours can be reduced M-F that week).

  10. Helpful (1)

    Horrendous Corporate Culture

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

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits were pretty great.

    Cons

    Horrendous corporate culture with tons of backstabbing and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge upper management to operate around performance and delivering to customers, not on playing corporate shenanigans.

  11. Great place to gain experience as a student

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Student Employee - Finance in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Student Employee - Finance in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The managers and employees here really make you feel like you are a part of their family.

    Cons

    The pay isn't the greatest for student employees but it's a good start.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate what needs to be done more often.

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