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AEP Reviews

Updated January 18, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance depends on the department you work in (in 4 reviews)

  • The (Ivory tower) downtown work environment was different from any other AEP location (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Mid-Level Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AEP full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, base salary compensation is decent, bonus potential is good in most years based primarily on performance. The "players of the game" are rewarded unjustly and unequal to performance. As with any large corporation there a good and great employees.

    Cons

    Sr. Management is very disingenuous and dishonest creating a toxic work environment where employees are constantly guarded and always unsure of job performance even when praised or acknowledged. Sr. management conduct creates a culture of dishonesty in employees where backstabbing and additional disingenuous behavior is fostered and even supported by management for the "players" in the system. A very poor culture exists within AEP. Sr. Management "talks the talk" but they fail to "walk the walk".

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and have integrity in all you do. Change from your current behavior! Be the right kind of example; not what you currently display and demonstrate. Employees see right through the thin, corrupt, dishonest crust. AEP has become a very disappointing and corrupt company to work for. I would only encourage my worst enemies and people I really dislike to apply for a job at AEP.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Environmental"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay well. There is a nice base salary and often a pretty good yearly bonus. Generally flexible schedule but that is based on each manager's preference.

    Cons

    If you work in corporate you better be an engineer, christian, white, male, straight with a stay at home wife and a few kids if you want to have any career advancement. Or to not feel like a complete outsider. I do NOT recommend this as a place for women to work. The overall culture is pretty awful.

    Advice to Management

    Stop it with the good ole boy routine.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Combined Cycle Supervisor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceburg, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceburg, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AEP (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large Company with so many locations across the country to choose from. Starting to increase in diverse hiring practices. Many areas of concentrations such as transmission, generation, construction, and delivery.

    Cons

    Local management has an inability to adapt to corporate objectives effectively. Local management has an inability to relate to younger workforce (ie old school management style). Still too reactive, not proactive enough to be efficient in change.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more practicing of what they are preaching. There needs to be more involvement of employees in the changes to be more effective on the first applications creating less re-work.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "GIS Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - GIS Tech in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - GIS Tech in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AEP (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefit package and pay.

    Cons

    Harrassing managers and nonhelpfull HR and political nonsence.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "There are better places to work - culture is poor"

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    Former Employee - Analyst, Finance and Accounting in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Analyst, Finance and Accounting in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company. Dedicated mid-level staff, managers, analysts, coordinators. Provides an essential service for modern living.

    Cons

    The culture is poor, and it all starts at the executive level. Incredibly difficult to advance. Thinly staffed, many employees in reality are performing extra work without receiving additional compensation for it. Employees are viewed as interchangeable commodities that can be replaced. Recent talent exodus as employees with other options seem reluctant to stick around.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror. Listen to the people beneath you. Be human. Don't be evil. Give people a reason to want to come to work everyday. Think about how you can get millennials and Gen Xers to want to work for you.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Behind the times"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AEP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay & Benefits - especially vacation, sick, 401K and Pension.

    Cons

    'Good ole boys network' . I was a contractor for 6 years and then offered a full time employee position. I wasn't in the 'boys club' and forced out.

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring in managers that are more current with technology and project management principles & methodologies.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Corp Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    GREAT Vacation and sick time

    Cons

    Management needs to retire. It's 2015....the 80's mentality is counter productive. The new people don't get your attitude nor can we relate to your manual processes and way of thinking. It's out of style to be bitter because we challenge you!. Get with it.

    Advice to Management

    RETIRE


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Turbulent"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AEP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The business itself, that of producing, moving and selling power, is tremendously solid. Even with all of the energy technologies that have developed in recent years, people are going to be buying electricity from the large producers for the foreseeable future, and power isn't yet as portable as stuff, so we won't see generation outsourced overseas.

    Cons

    The past decade has seen what was a very steady, slow-growth industry transformed by financiers taking an interest in it. Rather than focusing on the uninterrupted provision of a service for a reasonable profit, power companies have moved to maximizing profits for shareholders, largely on the backs of their labor force. Raises disappeared in the early ought's, then bonuses, then they started cutting staff by the thousands, all while demographics clearly indicated an impending shortage of trained, skilled workforce to maintain, let alone upgrade, the aging infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Truly do not believe anyone in senior positions there would ever pay the slightest attention to anything said here.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Amer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees. Working hard even thought their put through the ringer every year by the company. Facilities for the most part are nicel

    Cons

    You've found the right company if you want to to through lay offs each and every year, no matter the company's status. Old technology!

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees you have. Don't lay them off every time they turn around.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "No longer a steady workplace."

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work in the beginning. Great benefits and vacation time. Good working relationship with co-workers.

    Cons

    The (Ivory tower) downtown work environment was different from any other AEP location. Nepotism is rampant in this organization. Mobility within IT was difficult to say the least. Internal positions would be posted but the same circle of employees would get those jobs.

    Advice to Management

    AEP is a TOP heavy management organization. Consolidate your management teams instead of reducing your work force. Listen to your employees!!!!!



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