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AES Corporation CEO Andrés Gluski
Andrés Gluski
231 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work/life balance if you get the rigt manager(in 11 reviews)

  • "Great people to work with globally around the world as well(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance is hard during transition periods(in 24 reviews)

  • "Hard work is unappreciated by Management and it's a stressful work environment(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "AES has a very bright future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    AES is in the middle of a major transformation for becoming a greener Company, reaching investment grade, being more digitally centric and having access to low cost of capital. Our future is bright as we execute on our strategy and achieve our business targets. This couldn’t be a better time for working for AES.

    Cons

    Our industry is changing rapidly and therefore, change is a constant in our Company as we are always looking for innovative ways for staying ahead of the game. This is an important aspect to consider from a cultural perspective, especially if you prefer a more stable environment.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay, lots of flexibility, talented workforce

    Cons

    Dynamic, fast-paced environment, which generally keeps things interesting/exciting, (so that's mostly a "pro") but sometimes it's a little too fast paced.

    Advice to Management

    I’ve been working for AES for many years in a few different positions, and overall, it has been a wonderful experience for me. The company is full of intelligent, talented people and the work is challenging, which keeps things interesting. The hours are a bit longer at the quarter ends for my position, but most leaders in Arlington are generally fine with allowing for flexibility so that helps to manage work-life balance...

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  3. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AES Corporation full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Strong adherence to values and advanced HSE, project management, and continuiuous improvement practices.

    Cons

    Difficult to rotate among different regions or functions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focus and stick to a chosen strategy!

  4. Helpful (6)

    "Corporate Out of Touch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great people that operate and maintain the facilities.

    Cons

    Corporate has dismantled ANY local HR support, workers have lost faith and trust in Corporate, Southland management at the highest level manages through intimidation not inspiration. The public view of the company is all that matters to corporate. The "Values" statement is not passed down to the workers. We are asked to continually volunteer to provide good PR to the company, but then are routinely ignored when concerns...

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    Advice to Management

    Here's an idea, instead of spending an inordinately amount of money on emergency repairs and staffing contractors, treat the talented employees properly. Stop staffing the units with the bare minimum to make the books look good.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work,"

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    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Great compensation, good benefits, training programs

    Cons

    Work pressure, very dynamic, too much to doo

    Advice to Management

    expand...

  6. "Improvement needs."

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    Current Employee - N/A in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good professionals. Good Work/Life Balance; Good Location; Good Culture;

    Cons

    Compensation; Hiring process; Career opportunities; HR support and "AGILITY"

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate and improve HR processes.

  7. Helpful (7)

    "Has flaws but overall a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    The top three things for me at AES are the people with whom I work, the international and interesting nature of my work, and the influence I have in defining my work. I am a senior employee in the organization, which likely makes these three things possible. I also have a collaborative and open manager, which means I am given the freedom needed to do my best work in a team environment. Not all departments or managers...

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    Cons

    AES was late to introduce an HR department in its formation and it still shows. Many managers at all levels are technically capable but lack the soft skills needed for good management. Even among technically strong managers, many lack long term planning skills and much of the work is done as a fire drill. This is hard on employees and causes financial waste on small scale, but which adds up across the organization and...

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    Advice to Management

    Hold HR and managers to a higher standard. Communicate with more meaning. Realize that "entreprenurial" is exciting, but in the extreme it drowns creativity, creates inefficiency, and damages morale.

  8. Helpful (19)

    "If the Game of Thrones characters played musical chairs"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AES Corporation full-time

    Pros

    1. Lot of highly competent people 2. Salary has historically been above market (however see "cons"). Severance packages are extremely generous (seriously, they make efforts to take care of those that are laid off). 3. Get to claim to be helping save the world with renewable energy at social events 4. Large company experience on your resume (for when you are looking for a new job) 5. I liked their coffee mugs,...

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    Cons

    The following is an attempt at sharing anecdotal experiences without subjecting the reader (and possible job seekers) with my biases. Please beware of all highly positive reviews here on glassdoor. AES management has recently made communications "instructing" all employees to leave positive reviews on glassdoor as they have been experiencing challenges with recruiting (hmmm wonder why). 1. Layoffs. There is a high...

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    Advice to Management

    See above. Consider approaching another company about buying AES. Also, shut the hell up about drones - I get it, you are part of the new age economy. Congrats. Are you going to pivot AES to become a drone company? If yes, then please disregard last comment (if not, see "putting lipstick on pig" comment above).

  9. "Strategy coming into focus"

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    Current Employee - FP&A Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    -Fast paced and (relatively) flat organization makes it easy to interact with executives -Renewed discussion on strategy and how our businesses fit in a new era of energy

    Cons

    -Still remains very internally focused like most utility companies -Work/life balance is hard during transition periods

    Advice to Management

    Optimize AES for the people doing the work – not for the managers. Don't put the individual ambitions of the people at the top of the organization ahead of the communication paths for the people at the bottom of the organization.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging but rewarding work environment"

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    Current Employee - Tax Group in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Many opportunities for professional development and rotational experiences (if you express interest to your managers) Senior management is accessible, and organization structure is relatively flat considering the size of the company You will never be bored. Company is dynamic and constantly adapting to the changing power and business environment

    Cons

    Recent restructuring created a lean workforce with limited bench strength Work environment can sometimes be hectic, with multiple urgent and competing priorities. This can occasionally hurt work/life balance if unplanned projects require immediate attention

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on professional career development. Reward high performing work by offering new opportunities and generous compensation.

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