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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President & CEO Michael W. Howard
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Pros
  • The employees are very devoted to their research, but the company allows healthy work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • This is a great place for your first internship and it has certainly opened many doors for a lot of the students who come into EPRI (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Very poor involvement and understanding by the Board of Directors (in 4 reviews)

  • upper management infatuation with revenues (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great company, people, and work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Intern - Student Employee
    Former Intern - Student Employee

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at EPRI was a very positive experience. The employees were very kind and knowledgable, with a very relaxed yet productive work environment. They were a very safety oriented company.

    Cons

    Work in the power industry is often slow moving. This is not so much the fault of EPRI, but the industry in general.


  2. "Former employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PM, Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - PM, Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    talented people, well positioned in energy sector

    Cons

    focus on high priority opportunities


  3. "Great place to be involved in the energy sector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Leader in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Leader in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a research organization that takes its charter and purpose seriously. Reasonable salary and benefits, fairly flexible work hours (although long hours and travel are common), and working on some of the most critical problems in society with some of the smartest people around. Some complain about the for-profit mentality but this is no different than most research organizations (university or private) these days.

    Cons

    Lack of coordination between principals; organizational and operational chaos. While there are surprisingly few divas (unlike a lot of research organizations) there is a tendency for groups to operate in their own silos and fiefdoms. Regardless of what management might tell you, your advancement depends entirely on your willingness to travel and sell, not just your technical competence. Finally, the company is dependent on the tanking electric utility sector, though it is working desperately to wriggle free.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better grip on operational issues. Find Better revenue sources than utilities.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - California in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    lots and lots of things going on

    Cons

    it is getting top heavy

    Advice to Management

    research focus on fewer items


  6. Helpful (1)

    "High Value Industry Partner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well respected, high value organization in the eyes of the membership.

    Cons

    Adapting to the operating rhythms and methodology of a not-for- profit organization can be a challenge for those coming from a for-profit industry. It takes time to adjust and understand the how's and the why's of the business model and value


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth as an intern as many people are willing to mentor and provide the resources to help you expand your knowledge in the field.

    Cons

    I was not at the company long enough so I did not see many cons. I worked under great management at the time. While pay could have been a bit better, it was not a big deal to me.

    Advice to Management

    Interns have it too easy here. Many come to work to sit around and do nothing while getting paid to do so. There needs to be a performance review system of some sort to determine whether an intern should continue working for the company. While some may see it as only an intern, sometimes, what the intern does (or does not do...) may affect other people and create a backlog of tasks and inefficiency.


  8. "Student Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Student Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Student Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with the web team and they are a very open and kind team. If you have the skillset, u'll easily fit in and be in a comfortable atmostphere. Lots of opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Wouldn't really call it dynamic and quick paced - but its a great place to settle. Definitely a great aplce.

    Advice to Management

    Management was great. It is very easy to contact management, and are quite laid back on what you want to do and need to do.


  9. "SAP BI/BW HANA consultant"

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    Current Employee - SAP BI/BW HANA Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - SAP BI/BW HANA Consultant in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to work with

    Cons

    NO Contract to hire Opportunity


  10. "Leader in Power Industry Reaearch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time

    Pros

    EPRI hires talented technical people to direct, manage, and lead nation wide research. It is good company to work for.

    Cons

    It take a lot of reminders and push to get contracts done with collaborators. The technical people should spend more time in leading research, rather than pushing paper work around.

    Advice to Management

    EPRI should provide better training and set up higher expectations for contract support people and technical assistants for faster processes.


  11. "Great place for an entry-level internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Student Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Student Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    All my managers and coworkers were very helpful and very nice. They also understand that as a student, I would need to take some days off to study for exams or work on a project so they were very flexible with my schedule. This is a great place for your first internship and it has certainly opened many doors for a lot of the students who come into EPRI. They have student employees for almost every department so it's possible to find a position that fits in your major.

    Cons

    The biggest thing is that the pay isn't as good as many other competitive internships, but like I said, it's a great place to start. The other thing is that most of the full-time employees are much older than the students so you can feel that segregation between the student and full-time employees.



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