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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated June 12, 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
  • 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. "Responding to my co-worker's May 17, 2017, rating."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Really wish the person who felt that some ethical or personnel issue has been swept under the rug would talk to someone in Legal or HR Management or your management chain about the issue. There are folks in each of those groups who are well trusted, will listen without judgment, and who believe strongly in EPRI's stated values of non-retaliation. There are leaders in EPRI who really care about its people and you have co-workers who can point you to those people if you don't know who they are. EPRI has some leaders who can be trusted to evaluate situations compassionately and honestly, and who would be professional and just in their handling of a situation. Please seek out those folks. It must be so uncomfortable for you to have the concerns that you expressed, yet still be noble enough to come to work every day and do your job.

    Cons

    Concerned that a co-worker could feel that EPRI would sweep an ethical issue under the rug.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "HR is turning this company into a sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are good at EPRI, but there are so so so many toxic employees and managers who go against the professed characteristics of what EPRI is all to throw others under the bus for their own personal gain. EPRI hires a lot of industry experts who use their short tenure to slingshot their careers outside of the organization. Bonuses are pretty good which combined with mediocre salaries makes the overall pay average with industry. They also have really great lunches and lots of free food every week.

    Cons

    Certain divisions within the Institute are major contributors to the overall demise of EPRI. The biggest culprit is our Human Resources department. Our HR "partners" (as they like to call themselves) are trained to do as little as possible to prevent employee development and foster new careers. They ignore the majority of personnel issues, and do everything they can to eliminate personnel who are being targeted for harassment.

    A few weeks ago our CEO stood in front of the entire company and touted our Ethics Reporting system, and how HR/legal will address each and every submission. A serious violation that was reported recently was deleted from the system. that is just HRs way of addressing problems by sweeping them under the rug. It is crazy that HR would ignore a "here's a free chance to stop a lawsuit".

    It is ironic that the entire HR department was in pep talk meetings all week, and they all were acknowledging the "achievements" of that organization over the past year. It was nice seeing how many people belong to our HR team because it gives everyone a good idea of how much money the company wastes on sub par human resources. HR so clearly wants to practice GE/Welchian philosophies and wants to treat employees like we aren't people, that we are simply a cog in a poorly oiled machine. They fail to realize without technical staff (who are the largest assets to the organization) the company would be useless. But yet HR seems too oblivious and ignores reality.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating employees better. Eliminate useless HR staff who do not believe in EPRI and do not promote employee development and provide adequate support. Then focus on apathetic middle management and actually listen to employees. Only when this is done will employee retention start to rise again. If not then the EPRI risks losing some of their most talented resources. I guarantee that within a couple of weeks of this low rated review that there will be several 4 to 5 star reviews. That is HR trying to boost the overall rating of EPRI, even though they said they do not follow these sites.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great life-work balance. Flexible hours

    Cons

    There are not enough career opportunities


  4. "Intern Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with, friendly, great to ask questions to and learn from, and flexible

    Cons

    None come to mind through my time there


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Employee (Knoxville)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really enjoyable place to work, good pay for this area, employee morale is high

    Cons

    Certain advancement will require relocation


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Fine to good place to work, but experience may vary depending on group"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people at EPRI and it generally has a laid-back atmosphere. If you're getting your work done, nobody will bother you. If you can bring in money, even better. The culture in Knoxville, though not what it used to be, is still quite friendly. While other comments about silos are absolutely true, it's only a few people who are truly bad actors: most are happy to consider working together. Some of the benefits are excellent (10% to 401k automatically) and the pay is good for the region. There are some excellent bosses and mentors.

    Cons

    Management can be very clumsy. Mid-level management varies greatly group to group and some mid-to-upper managers are better than others. The bureaucracy can be quite thick, IT infrastructure has become a bit of a disaster and the building in Knoxville is cheap and unpleasant. On pay, negotiate well, young ones, because annual raises are pretty modest usually and there doesn't seem to be much flexibility for bigger adjustments even if you perform well. They changed the job ladder a few years ago and it was implemented wildly inconsistently boss to boss - some promote quickly, some hardly at all, and skills for the same job title may not align. This seems to be less of a problem recently. For better or worse, they don't fire people often, and in some ways that's a problem - some people are quite complacent, and management is way too tolerant of those who silo, steal work from others, or simply don't carry their share. Management is also very slow to admit or correct mistakes - ask the CEO a direct but not rosy question and you'll think he is running for office, the way he ducks and dodges.

    Advice to Management

    Admit mistakes, hold people accountable, and stop glossing over the bad and saying everything is great. It's ok if something didn't work the way you wanted, just be honest about it and try to fix it. On a positive, continue to embrace the fun quirks of the people.


  7. "Student Employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Employees are very friendly, easy parking, gym on site

    Cons

    Hard to move up in positions

    Advice to Management

    Give more meaningful work rather than just "intern" work

  8. "Former employee"

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    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


  9. "Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Basically a broker for technical research in the industry. If you like to review and are in that place in your life where you want to manager those who do the research, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Talk a lot about work and life balancing of time, but then proceed to demand extra hours regardless of workload.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff better - and take a loot at the areas that are having huge turnovers - SEE who is causing it and open your eyes.


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

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    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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