Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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A once-proud industry icon being dragged under by management hubris and incompetence

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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 8 years)

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

Pros

-- Focus by most staff on research and benefit to the industry -- Great people willing to help when you need it -- Generous salary and benefits -- Nice offices; good facilities

Cons

-- New senior managers are convinced they are the smartest guys in the room, but pet projects have run WAY over budget and they are now cutting loose critical talent to balance the budget -- Overall intellectual arrogance is part of corporate culture -- Too much focus on selling R&D to funders disillusions researchers, who must spend time selling instead of R&D -- Most career paths are dead ends with no opportunity for advancement -- Management favorites can go years without producing significant results while award-winning researchers are laid off due to budget overruns -- Senior staff assumes good researchers are good project and people managers and don't need training for these critical skills. The results have been some spectacular and expensive project failures -- Senior VP in charge of current ERP project is determined it will launch on deadline despite systems development far behind schedule. Result is staff is being trained on systems that will change before they ever get to use them.

Advice to Management

Slow down, take a breath. Quit trying to show everyone how smart you are by gutting improvements made by predecessors and setting unrealistic deadlines. Stop getting rid of key people you don't like in the name of budgets. Stop demanding time-consuming consistency in the many, many cases where it gains the organization nothing and actually creates more work. Don't make people managers unless/until they have demonstrated management skills.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Nightmare in Silicon Valley

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    Former Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent and overly generous compensation, including bonus and retirement Beautiful campus Good Work-Life balance Some very smart people Fun events

    Cons

    The worst of academia and civil service combined; Very political; lots of drama behind the scenes at Senior Management Level Lots of game playing and backstabbing at peer level; many of your peers have never worked anywhere else or they are related to another employee; Operationally, science aside, in another century; don't work here for more than a few years if you want to be employable afterwards


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    An Evolution of Great to Awful

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    Current Employee - Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Palo Alto, CA

    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

    Great location. Good balance of work and family/personal life possible. Good place to learn a technology other than computer technology if one finds the time. Friendly people at the technical level.

    Cons

    Very expensive location to live for the Palo Alto, Ca facility. But other company locations like Knoxville, Tenn may not appeal to most people. Poor upper management that came from outside the organization and have little if any understanding of how and why the work gets identified and done. Absentee management in most cases. Management has allowed to many virtual employees. Very poor involvement and understanding by the Board of Directors. Membership revenue is limited and therefore don't expect much company growth if any. Small company. Therefore don't expect much advancement in responsibility and salary over any reasonable period of time. Company has evolved from a NASA type organization to one of mostly involving paper pushers. Downward trend started when Board of Directors brought in an outside CEO and continued this approach with future CEOs. Innovation completely absent. Don't consider this company in the same light as those companies that make up the majority of Silicon Valley. Young professional people shouldn't even consider this place.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what the members want and ask them what do they think its worth to them. If the worth is not substantial enough to effectively run the present company as its structured with viable growth, start shutting those worthless portions of the company down. Evaluate whether there is a real need to have a substantial marketing and sales departments for a membership supported organization as this. Considerably reduce the size of these departments and transfer the revenue to the technical side of the organization for it to do the technical work more effectively and support the membership for which purpose the organization was created for in the first place.


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