I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 5 years)
There are a lot of smart people at EPRI and it generally has a laid-back atmosphere. If you're getting your work done, nobody will bother you. If you can bring in money, even better. The culture in Knoxville, though not what it used to be, is still quite friendly. While other comments about silos are absolutely true, it's only a few people who are truly bad actors: most are happy to consider working together. Some of the benefits are excellent (10% to 401k automatically) and the pay is good for the region. There are some excellent bosses and mentors.
Management can be very clumsy. Mid-level management varies greatly group to group and some mid-to-upper managers are better than others. The bureaucracy can be quite thick, IT infrastructure has become a bit of a disaster and the building in Knoxville is cheap and unpleasant. On pay, negotiate well, young ones, because annual raises are pretty modest usually and there doesn't seem to be much flexibility for bigger adjustments even if you perform well. They changed the job ladder a few years ago and it was implemented wildly inconsistently boss to boss - some promote quickly, some hardly at all, and skills for the same job title may not align. This seems to be less of a problem recently. For better or worse, they don't fire people often, and in some ways that's a problem - some people are quite complacent, and management is way too tolerant of those who silo, steal work from others, or simply don't carry their share. Management is also very slow to admit or correct mistakes - ask the CEO a direct but not rosy question and you'll think he is running for office, the way he ducks and dodges.
Advice to Management
Admit mistakes, hold people accountable, and stop glossing over the bad and saying everything is great. It's ok if something didn't work the way you wanted, just be honest about it and try to fix it. On a positive, continue to embrace the fun quirks of the people.
I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) (Charlotte, NC) in December 2016.
I had multiple interviews. Started with someone in HR, then Director of Sourcing and then five rounds of in person interviews. Everyone was very nice throughout the process. Some asked harder questions than others.
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