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AEP Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Long hours with no thank you or recognition (in 9 reviews)

  • The (Ivory tower) downtown work environment was different from any other AEP location (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant Quality Assurance Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AEP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid company, good benefits, strong business outlook

    Cons

    Need engineering degree to advance


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Values Employees"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AEP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    AEP values its engineers which is good to see. The company is undertaking a lot of change right now utilizing new 'smart grid' technology and big data analytics and it is an exciting time to work at a utility.

    Cons

    Technology is changing quickly but staffing changes follow too slow behind the additional and changing workloads. It tends to be after employee's are too overloaded before additional staffing is considered instead of anticipating these needs.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure groups are staffed correctly to meet their goals.


  3. "Job at AEP"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AEP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    job security and good pay

    Cons

    too much office politics and if you're not good at it your career could stall.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for due to great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Director in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AEP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The culture that the company aspires to is outstanding. When compared to many other companies in this vertical industry, AEP stands apart as a progressive utility company.

    Cons

    From an information technology perspective, the company has been very slow to evolve -- both in terms of development and implementation methodologies and in terms of staying current with computing equipment (e.g., they haven't replaced employee workstations in over 6 years).

    Additionally, there is a fair amount of silo-ism in the company -- making enterprise-wide initiatives particularly difficult to execute.

    Finally, the company has put forth major effort to promote women and minorities. While commendable, there are many instances of promotional candidates being chosen based on their demographics rather than their qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    1.) Develop a technology replacement policy that doesn't significantly adversely impact the productivity of your employees.
    2.) Identify management who are roadblocks to enterprise-wide efforts and calibrate them.
    3.) Re-evaluate the incentives you have put in place to reward management for promoting women and minorities specifically -- lest you overlook more qualified candidates.


  6. "Nuclear power"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bridgman, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bridgman, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AEP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The salary is high compared to the cost of living for the area. The other major employer in the region is Whirlpool however they have a higher turnover for engineers. Major culture change initiative also made it a more positive work environment.

    AEP has a very large service territory so it's easy to find other opportunities within the company.

    Cons

    Nuclear power is a highly regulated industry so projects and work moves at a snail's pace. Nothing can be done without proper procedure, training, and qualification. Be sure to accept this as it's a condition of employment.

    It's challenging to maintain a decent balance between work and life. There's mountains of work to do so prioritize effectively if you ever want to keep your hours below 50/week.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  7. Helpful (1)

    "DISCRIMINATION CITY"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AEP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you know how to just act like you know what you're talking abut you can get far.

    Cons

    if you are not outgoing, you will be stalled. The quality work you do does not matter. It's how well you can beat around the bush that really matters. It's not the people that actually care about the company and their projects that get promoted. It's the people that are NOT dedicated to their job that always seem to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    You guys treat people different. ONLY "favorites" always get promoted. Supervisors are very prejudice against people they don't like and continuously give the $ to people they like. Your new "Culture" has created an environment of untrustworthiness amongst your employees. Kid's three years right out school becoming Sr Engineers? Really? They are so talented in engineering that they excelled to the class of people with many more years of experience? That shows the discrimination that goes on here. Its kind of discusting.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Protection and Control Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Protection and Control Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AEP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and stability, kind coworkers.

    Cons

    Lots of people who need to retire keep holding on.
    People in satellite offices (aka outside of Ohio) get treated like second rate citizens.

    Advice to Management

    Release another retire package please. Provide more opportunities for people outside of Ohio.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "sr.designer 3d"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Senior CAD Designer/Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Senior CAD Designer/Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AEP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good group of experiences, knowledge and safety,, This is a Must.

    Cons

    Not really that good for raises, typical corparation rules and favoritism. worked like a engineer and paid like a drafter.

    Advice to Management

    pay your people what they are worth. from experience.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Storekeeper"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Storekeeper in Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Storekeeper in Canton, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AEP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and many good benefits. Working hours shift is steady for the most part. Many friendly employees. Some management is lenient.

    Cons

    Seems the management in many departments will advance their favorites. Lack of employee numbers in some depts. leaving short handed and limits time off.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "AEP Dispatch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Distribution Systems Operator in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Distribution Systems Operator in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AEP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Have good benefits, safety oriented, great training plans.

    Cons

    Insurance program, micro-managing, short staffed.


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