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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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Pros
  • 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)

  • You can pretty much do whatever you want whenever you want, leave, go workout, work from home etc (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Company needs an effective Board of Directors that truly understands the R&D business (in 4 reviews)

  • upper management infatuation with revenues (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "No recognition of effort"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Industry leaders in reearch and utilities

    Cons

    HR poor -- pay not based on performance

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Non-profit and easy to have work/life balance

    Cons

    Dirty politics
    Need to be well connected to survive

    Advice to Management

    Fire poor managers

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Join this company if you are waiting for retirement"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office location, go for walk/run during lunch

    Cons

    Horrible work culture ... Too much politics

    Advice to Management

    Clean up


  4. Helpful (1)

    "An Evolution of Great to Awful"

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    Current Employee - Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location. Good balance of work and family/personal life possible. Good place to learn a technology other than computer technology if one finds the time. Friendly people at the technical level.

    Cons

    Very expensive location to live for the Palo Alto, Ca facility. But other company locations like Knoxville, Tenn may not appeal to most people. Poor upper management that came from outside the organization and have little if any understanding of how and why the work gets identified and done. Absentee management in most cases. Management has allowed to many virtual employees. Very poor involvement and understanding by the Board of Directors. Membership revenue is limited and therefore don't expect much company growth if any. Small company. Therefore don't expect much advancement in responsibility and salary over any reasonable period of time. Company has evolved from a NASA type organization to one of mostly involving paper pushers. Downward trend started when Board of Directors brought in an outside CEO and continued this approach with future CEOs. Innovation completely absent. Don't consider this company in the same light as those companies that make up the majority of Silicon Valley. Young professional people shouldn't even consider this place.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what the members want and ask them what do they think its worth to them. If the worth is not substantial enough to effectively run the present company as its structured with viable growth, start shutting those worthless portions of the company down. Evaluate whether there is a real need to have a substantial marketing and sales departments for a membership supported organization as this. Considerably reduce the size of these departments and transfer the revenue to the technical side of the organization for it to do the technical work more effectively and support the membership for which purpose the organization was created for in the first place.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Once was good and now is horrible"

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't think of a single positive thing about working at EPRI. Management goes out of the way to treat employees badly and make themselves look good. Excellent work is rewarded with termination and the bad actors and family members of management continue to move upwards. Communication is totally non-existent, unless you count hearing about the accomplishments of executives family members and what their dogs are doing. They share no information about the status of the company or where we are headed.

    Cons

    Executives believe they are the best thing that ever happened to the world and all employees are just a necessary evil that takes some of their bonus money away.

    If you want a stagnant job with absolutely no chance of advancement or even a piddly annual increase in salary, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Get real and understand that without the employees you are nothing. Blowing smoke up everyone's hind end does not make you an excellent CEO worthy of multi-million dollar compensation.


  6. Helpful (18)

    "One of the most disappointing experiences of my life."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Unfortunately, no amount of pay can justify the excessive office politics, leadership hubris, non-strategic thinking, and "shiny object" projects one will endure.

    Cons

    Incredibly incompetent leadership who exercise their power without regard to the mission and principles that brought EPRI into existence. In my first year of employment, the organization stood for what it is supposed to do: provide objective research in the name of shaping the future of electricity. I was particularly impressed with the leadership exhibited by several individuals, and their commitment to fulfilling EPRI founder Chauncey Starr's vision. Unfortunately, these individuals and several others were removed "for cost"--at a time when targets were being met.

    Curiously, what followed these individuals' questionable removal was a slow descent into scattershot efforts that not only, in my opinion, jeopardized EPRI's standing as an objective Institute, but also raised concerns about the prudent use of members' dollars. It is no surprise that certain leaders' actions and pet projects drove employees into a state of poor morale that continues to devolve. Even in the face of hard metrics garnered from employee surveys, Leadership turned the cheek and even sugar-coated the lackluster results. Efforts to ameliorate employees' concerns were half-hearted at best, even when good employees offered hard strategies and options for leadership to take action.

    In addition to the woes of Leadership, there is zero accountability in place at EPRI. Misused dollars, failed projects, improper conduct with employees, and lack of adherence to the organization's mission plague the workplace. Whether it is a sense of entitlement because of their tenure at EPRI, the money they are being paid, or the special relationship they have with someone in power in the organization, many are able to get away with things that would almost always be punishable by demotion, termination, and in many cases, legal action in another organization.

    The one word, and ultimate reason for my departure, is disappointment. Disappointment because I intensely care about the mission that EPRI was founded upon. And while there are great projects and work still trickling out, the overall trajectory is poor. I believe it is only a matter of time before EPRI members realize the lack of return on their investment, and that employees leave en masse (which is indeed happening). It is my hope that the historically detached Board of Directors realizes the issues outlined in this review, amongst many others, and clears the decks so that one day, EPRI can return to the great company it once was.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees and take real action. Begin to hold people accountable for their work and their actions. Recognize the talents of employees who aren't in the "inner circles," and better yet, stop creating the inner circles by stopping politicking. Finally, never lose sight of the principals that brought EPRI into existence.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "IT and Marketing Incompetence"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant engineers and research
    Office locations
    Research excellence
    Global
    Contributions

    Cons

    Last 5 years has shown the utter incompetence of IT staff and particular lower level management. Incompetent staff rewarded for incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Cleanup existing IT staff. too many people who do minimal work.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "WARNING ! Stay away from Nuclear and QA !!!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is ok. 15% increase in salary if you can make it one year.
    You can pretty much do whatever you want whenever you want, leave, go workout, work from home etc. No one cares what you do.
    Walking trails around campus.

    Cons

    There are so many I dont know where to start which is why I am going to list a few and let the glassdoor viewers read.
    This place is not only a scam but the biggest joke of my career. The nuclear projects funding is 80% from outside the USA. If you are a engineer you will despise this place. The projects worked on in nuclear are all outsourced to subcontractors in which you do 0 engineering, only document facilitation. The project work you do is create a quality plan, SOW and purchase req. The final deliverable is a report which is filled with technical errors and lengthy verbiage to try and impress the customers/EPRI members. The day is spent arguing with men who are 60 to 70 years old about policy and procedure on how to fill out a form because they are too lazy to fill it out.
    The majority of EPRI are filled with PhDs who have studied one tiny subject their entire life and the engineers job is to archive their files and put together a power point for them.

    On the NDE side, the only work they do is get a piece of metal, send it to an outside lab to embed a flaw in it, then show members how they can detect the flaw using NDT techniques. The technology is nothing new and has been out for 50 years.

    My worry is that another engineer be hired to sit in a cube for 8 hours a day doing paper work and being talked down to. Hopefully you read this and save yourself from making the same mistake I did, then thank glassdoor.

    FYI there is nothing non-profit about this place, you will see when you pull up to the parking lot and notice all the Porsches and BMWs parked here. Project managers are all about money and comferences they can travel to. What a scam.

    Advice to Management

    You say how 75% of the nuclear industry will be retiring within 10 years yet you have no plan to hire amd retain young talent other than offer a 15% bonus after the firat year. The reason the nuclear industry is in the position it is in is because the old men making the deals are only looking 10 days in the future.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "EPRI, not as good as it used to be."

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst II in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst II in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Profit Sharing, Benefits are mediocre.

    Cons

    The IT infrastructure team has one employee that is worthy of his position, the remaining are not. The current Infrastructure manager is very untruthful about everything, he blames all his bad decisions on upper management and has made it his mission to lie about everything to cover his own interests. The HR department is joke, no less than 8 employees complained about the same individual, he is still in the same position. Everyone that leaves gets blamed for the current horrific condition of IT, yet nothing ever improves! The senior manager in IT does not have a clue about making the department any better! His ideas have fallen flat, offers no real solutions and makes poor decisions. The service desk has good employees, but the leadership does not have an idea how to manage a team successfully and possess minimal technical knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management because they are all inept! They don't listen when told by current employees of the conditions, so why would they listen to someone that just left? EPRI could be a great place to work, but not with the current IT Department management team.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Run Away Fast! The Laughing Stock of the Region!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A very few good people still work there but no PROS beyond that

    Cons

    You name it... it is a CON! No leadership, no appreciation of employees, no valuation of anyone's efforts, no matter how extraordinary the accomplishments may be. A horrible reputation in the area. If you want to work for a company that has a culture of appreciation then DO NOT apply for a job here!

    Advice to Management

    Fix your culture! It is horribly broken! And learn to value your people!


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