AES Corporation Reviews | Glassdoor

AES Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

Found 377 reviews

3.7
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
73%
Recommend to a Friend
80%
Approve of CEO
AES Corporation CEO Andrés Gluski
Andrés Gluski
240 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people to work with globally around the world as well(in 21 reviews)

  • "Flat and collegiate work environment that ensures your opinion counts and you learn new skills while enhancing your current skills(in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "This can occasionally hurt work/life balance if unplanned projects require immediate attention(in 24 reviews)

  • "cost cutting initiatives are aggressive(in 7 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. Featured Review

    "AES has a very bright future"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 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.

    AES Corporation2019-01-04

    AES Corporation Response

    May 14, 2019Corporate Communications

    We appreciate your review and share your opinion about AES’ bright future. As we work to accelerate a safer and greener energy future, change is essential. Thank you for being part of that transformation and for all that you do to contribute to our success!

  2. "Great company to work for. Moving from traditional fossil fuels power generation to renewables."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Fuels & Freight in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Vibrant company with lots of professional challenges and opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Decision making should be streamlined.

    AES Corporation2019-07-10
  3. "Not so hot..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer At IPL/DPL in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    AES pays me well and I like the flex hours. They seem to be very ethical. If it wasn't for the good pay I'd be gone in a flash!

    Cons

    Working conditions at AES have gone downhill the past 1 and a half years. I work in Indianapolis for Indianapolis Power and Light but now I also work for Dayton Power & Light; and it's too much. I could work 168 hours a week and still not keep up with what I really need to do. They had a big layoff in Feb 2018 and it has killed everyone's spirit. It's an act of futility to go to work because you know that you won't...

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    It's hopeless. And yes, everyone knows it's hopeless. AES corporate has messed things up so bad at IPL and DPL that there will be no turning back to the good 'ole days. I just wish they would begin hiring again so I could have some help. But the problem is there's no one experienced to hire. It's so frustrating. They laid off the experienced and productive people. Now I would have to train someone like is if I have time...

    Show More
    AES Corporation2019-07-11
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Foreign Takeover"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Ind Hillside, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    None, zip, zilch, zero, nada, nothing

    Cons

    All of the positions of power are being filled with foreigners who don't give a darn about the communities they are working in now. Windmills and solar farms, aren't they so pretty aren't they Don Quixote?

    Advice to Management

    Sell off IPL and DPL, stop using these utilities as your cash cows. Quit pretending you give a crap about us. Tell it to us straight. Please, please, please get rid of the forced propaganda computer desktop background. All that does is get people mad about their jobs before they get started every day. Come on now Comrades, goose stepping on us is fun huh?

    AES Corporation2019-07-05
  5. "General Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AES Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to work with a great culture and opportunities to learn and develop.

    Cons

    Too hectic at times

    AES Corporation2019-05-13

    AES Corporation Response

    May 14, 2019Corporate Communications

    We’re glad you think AES is a great place to work with a strong culture, and opportunities to learn and develop! We do too.

  6. "It's a decent place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AES Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Overall the people were decent, professional and collaborative. Compensation was good.

    Cons

    Always cost cutting, business had little organic growth, corporate politics

    AES Corporation2019-05-06

    AES Corporation Response

    May 14, 2019Corporate Communications

    We appreciate you sharing your experience of working at AES. Our people are our energy – and we’re glad you felt that way too. Over the last several years, we’ve been undergoing a transformation to accelerate a safer and greener energy future. That transformation has required us to ...

    Show More
  7. "Good company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AES Corporation full-time for more than 5 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!

    AES Corporation2019-03-11

    AES Corporation Response

    May 14, 2019Corporate Communications

    We appreciate your review and feedback. As you noted, our values – safety, integrity, excellence, fun and agility – are more than just words at AES. Our values define our culture or how we work. Together with our people, we’re focused on our mission, vision and strategy for the company: ...

    Show More
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Not optimistic"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    After all these years of being hyper-focused on pleasing the market, they are finally being rewarded with rising stock price. Well done.

    Cons

    The company dividend growth has been strong, which clearly pleases the market, and indicates that some element of their strategy is currently effective. However, I don't believe the underlying company is well positioned to be strong for the long run. To me there are two very important underlying elements to any strong sustainable company, People and Process. On the people side, talent attraction, development and retention...

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Might be time for new leadership, especially in California?

    AES Corporation2019-04-09

    AES Corporation Response

    May 14, 2019Corporate Communications

    We’re sorry that you feel that way about AES. Realizing our mission, vision and strategy of improving lives by accelerating a safer and greener energy future is underpinned by our people and how we work. That’s why talent development or developing our people to their fullest potential ...

    Show More
  9. Helpful (11)

    "Corporate Out of Touch"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves 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...

    Show More

    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.

    AES Corporation2019-03-01

    AES Corporation Response

    May 14, 2019Corporate Communications

    Thank you for sharing your review. We agree with you that we have great people who are our energy at AES. That’s why we aim to make AES a great place to work for our people and ask for people’s feedback. It’s unfortunate that you feel the values are not passed on to people at certain ...

    Show More
  10. Helpful (12)

    "50 Shades of Screwed Up"

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

    I have been working at AES Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Uhhhhhhh, seriously, only that the checks clear

    Cons

    The management - much of it from Venezuela - has an identity crisis and no clue what it wants this group of LLCs to be. Energy? Power Plants? That's so 20th century. Now, we want Drones, no wait AI...no wait. something else. The ongoing reorganizations are absurd. Although this organization somehow made the Fortune 500, it follows the strategies of big league companies and then changes it up A LOT. It fires the most...

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    they should read the cons over and over and over.

    AES Corporation2019-03-19

    AES Corporation Response

    May 14, 2019Corporate Communications

    AES encourages people to share their experiences on Glassdoor because that feedback is important to our leaders as we work to transform the company and our industry. Our combined mission, vision and strategy is clear: to improve lives by accelerating a safer and greener energy future. ...

    Show More
Found 377 reviews