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AES Corporation Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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AES Corporation President & CEO Andrés Gluski
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Pros
  • As a global company AES offers a wide variety of opportunities working alongside great people (in 14 reviews)

  • Supporting management, perks, leaves, work life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Some times is difficult to have a work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • A lot of changes in a short period of time (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Overall, a good company with great opportunities if you want them"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you do what it takes to succeed, you will be rewarded both financially and with endless opportunities. My management chain is pretty good about flexibility (working from home, working weird hours to put family first, etc) but I don't think this is true in all departments. Benefits are great and the team of people I work with are excellent.

    Cons

    You will likely have 1.5 jobs at a time, so it is up to you how you manage your work/life balance. If you want no life, there is always something for you to do. Company is very fast paced (often too fast?) and requires employees to be agile. Priorities can change daily. I've not had an issue with this, but those who have been in the utility industry for years seem to. Personal development is minimal but I think the company is attempting to increase.


  2. "The most valuable and understated Global Energy investment in the world. Hands down."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AES Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unfettered entrepreneurial freedom and boundless opportunities to collaborate through natural competencies - as an employee, strategic partner or investor.

    Cons

    Not a "con" for the sophisticated, informed investor or employee, but - you MUST look at the long-term value and strategy of this uniquely positioned sustainable energy company. AES is not for the short-term thinker or small-minded investor/professional.

    Advice to Management

    AES is as good as it gets. The company's biggest challenge is conveying this message effectively.

    AES is unequivocally one of the most sound and valuable investments currently available in today's indisputably lucrative and essential industries - ENERGY. Whether through employment as a career path, an investor, institutional partner or any combination thereof, you cannot go wrong here.

    Only possibly matched by untapped natural water sources -- some of which they are sitting on through, or adjacent to, wholly-owned assets -- AES operates with a conscientious and dynamic focus on its global, long-term impact on investor value, public health, commerce, the environment and sustainability. This is a company that is deliberate, thoughtful and uniquely poised in its strategy to inevitably and elegantly bring energy to the most economically, culturally and environmentally challenged areas of our planet; whilst paying very close attention to its capital structure and shareholder value.

    AES' thoughtful leadership team has a keen understanding of where the company's greatest adjacencies lie, which is often within their valuable natural assets, renewable/distributed energy and as pioneers in the energy storage space.

    As an 'insider' and someone who understands capital markets, I would recommend AES as a dynamic, capitally healthy, investment-grade proposition; one that is expertly resolved in its long-term strategy & global impact.


  3. "Director, Corporate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AES Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Top Management, Culture, Challenging work

    Cons

    Cost reduction pressure, growth opportunities


  4. "Opportunities abound if you're proactive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is so much change occurring in this industry right now, and commitment from senior management to position the company thrive in it, that you can write your own ticket here after proving yourself. There are multiple large scale efforts at hand across the company, and cross collaboration outside of established teams is the norm. There are a lot of "givers" and doers so a sense of team effort is highly prized by most.

    Cons

    The downside of the freedom to pursue and create your own opportunity is the lack of formalized career development programs. However, while those offer a pre-packaged route, others with more desire for control over their path and ability to maintain multiple potential future states might not miss them. In the end, I still think more could be done to develop team members more broadly.

    Advice to Management

    Take bold action and aggressively pursue a course that maximizes future options available to the company in this changing industry and world.


  5. "Good pay but u must work hard for it. Opportunities r hard to come by. Some worried about layoffs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Higher pay than other companies right now "if" you include the bonus but that's changing quickly w HR's initiative to "normalize" pay. Generous profit sharing in addition to 401k.

    Cons

    Promotions r very very slow if there r any. Company is in a cutting mode so some r afraid of layoffs. More and more expected w less people. Much politics in place.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting the lean meat/worker bees of the company. It's becoming a hard place to keep working here. Our stock price hasn't been rising and it likely won't.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interaction with intelligent, creative people from around the world. Leaders who are interested in developing talent. Engaged in creating solutions for tomorrow's energy needs.

    Cons

    Extremely large organization can make communicating difficult at times.


  7. "Global IT & Governance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for with great many opportunities to learn and grow in your skill set. Lots of projects, lots of work and lots of challenges.

    Cons

    Navigating the politics and cutting through the multiple layers is quite difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the new focus around process modernization and performance enablers.


  8. "AES is a good company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Director in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AES people are knowledgeable and hardworking.

    Cons

    At times, hire approvals take too long.

    Advice to Management

    Business unit leaders should have the final say on hires below a certain pay grade.


  9. "AES US SBU"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people throughout the company, T&D line workers, power plant technicians, professionals and leaders are all, to the greatest extent, good people to be associated with. They genuinely care about one another. Senior leaders are approachable and take time to build personal/professional relationships with the people they lead. The electric utility industry is in a major state of accelerated changed that the industry has never seen. This change is driven by advancements in technologies, market conditions, consumer driven economics and lifestyle choices, and environmental-related influences. This new fast paced “managed chaos” creates opportunities for those that embrace change and are comfortable with evolving technologies. It creates high levels of stress for people at AES (IPL/DP&L) who chose to hold on to the old utility mindset. Good pay and benefits for the Midwest markets, average pay and benefits for the east and west coast markets.

    Cons

    Work / life balance will suffer if you let it. The closing of the non-competitive generating fleet leading is to the RIF of some long time employees. This is inevitable but too bad for these people. Many older utility employees still have an entitlement mind set that can be a source of constant negativity.

    Advice to Management

    There is too much micro management from the AES Enterprise level, especially in the services area. Too many sub-tactical rules imposed to the SBU and local businesses. The Global groups and ELT should be more focused on long term strategy that impacts shareholder value and not getting caught-up in trying to manage every aspect of the enterprise. Service functions should be handled at the SBU level with very little Enterprise level governance, enough to consolidate global reporting, that’s it. There are too many regional variables in culture, regulatory structure, technologies, market conditions, etc. to find economies of scale and synergies at the enterprise level for these sub-tactical issues.

    Accelerate the departure of older utility employees that refuse to accept the change to make room for those who want to lead the company into the new and exciting future.


  10. ""AES a Company of Great Opportunities""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to grown personally and professionally by working in any AES Company around the world.
    Committed to put Safety First.
    Talented people to work with.

    Cons

    Some times is difficult to have a work/life balance.


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