Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
49 Reviews
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49 Reviews
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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President & CEO Michael W. Howard
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  1.  

    Great place for a summer internship

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    • 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) as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interactions with my manager went smoothly when he was around. It helped me to make fast progress while constantly learning new things. If done in the appropriate department, this is definitely a good experience to complement one's studies (graduate studies in Engineering in my case).

    Cons

    My managers were often traveling (probably due to the summer season). Also, for a company with so diverse areas of research, everyone could benefit from more interactions between various departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and give more regular feedback on quality of work and progress toward project completion. Try and better tie projects to overall strategy of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome Job

    • 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)

    Pros

    Great environment for a finance intern.

    Cons

    The snack room is too close!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outside experience preferred

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely talented technical staff; An opportunity to shape the industry; Good bonus and 401(k) plans; Opportunity to travel frequently if desired.

    Cons

    External experience valued more than internal. Senior leadership can often come across as out-of-touch. Limited upward mobility makes promotions difficult to obtain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your staff. Look more at substance rather than style. You have the ability to develop technical talent if you choose to do so.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be...

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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 Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great mission and very nice people.

    Cons

    Being driven into obscurity by politics and a weak leadership team. Used to be respected -- now seen as a necessary evil for some members. One interesting quote, "We hate writing your check every year but we have to do it as a gesture of kindness."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in the game. You lost your passion and drive four years ago at least at it is getting worse every year. Every one of my colleagues is looking for a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company is sinking fast, but not as fast as employee morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Quick reimbursement on expense reports.

    Cons

    Management does not provide opportunity for career growth and development. There is very little opportunity for current employees to move into more senior positions, as the company almost always prefers to hire externally. The only way to break through glass ceiling is to leave the company. HR is the biggest gossip ring in the company, and very little concern is given to employee privacy. HR also fails to act on legitimate employee concerns. Project managers have little skill in being people managers. Project management training consists of navigating through SAP system, not dealing with subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about your current employees. Show us that you care about growing our careers, don't just say that you do in quarterly emails. Help us help you grow the company. Help us become an innovative company again, don't just say that we are. Admit to your mistakes and focus energy on making things right, not pointing fingers and playing the blame game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice team players

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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)

    Pros

    We can learn a lot there

    Cons

    Small Company to work for

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    New Leadership Does Not Fit The Culture

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Being a part of important innovative work

    Cons

    Lack of downward communication. Slow salary growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who are actually doing the work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly satisfying opportunity to work collaboratively to find solutions to issues relating to electric power.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great way to build an early career in clean energy. Ability to gain significant industry expertise and become nationally / world-recognized in early-to-mid career, without needing to climb the EPRI corporate ladder. For a non-profit organization, the salary / bonus is very good. In

    Cons

    Salary growth and promotions have historically been slow to moderate, particularly in early career. However, the ladder has been revamped with additional positions. Some employees are challenging and not innovative, but generally still great people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on consistently bringing young talent into EPRI, even if they only remain 3-5 years. Good for people who think they would like to do a PhD, but decided not to for lifestyle reasons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work as an Intern.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people. All around, loved everyone I worked with.
    Laid back atmosphere.
    Free food (and good food at that) often once a week.

    Cons

    Never got the feeling that what I was doing mattered much, but I was only an intern.
    I didn't always feel properly trained to do what I was asked to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Failing Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Palo Alto is a great place to work, but very expensive
    Charlotte maybe is a good place to work, but that's stretching it
    Knoxville has cheap living, but not sure what else
    Will let you work from home anywhere, so nobody sees what you are doing
    Excellent work life balance

    Cons

    CEO not held accountable for his failed, grandiose ERP initiative. Blaming lower level people
    Higher level management is English language challenged
    Absentee Management : work from home or hide out in Knoxville or Phoenix
    Most PM work is now simply paper pushing
    Management wants innovation but employees allowed to work from home and company library was eliminated with no viable substitute implemented
    Membership funding decreasing
    Company losing personnel widely respected in their fields
    Company needs an effective Board of Directors that truly understands the R&D business
    Most of management has never performed company's PM work
    Promotion is based on buddy system
    Glass ceiling is apparent
    Not a Silicon Valley type of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of flying around the world on so called company business with your wives, maybe its time you stay in the office and focus on managing effectively the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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