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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated March 25, 2017
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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. Helpful (5)

    "For-profit culture, money is king"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time

    Pros

    Still a few good people; great legacy; pay and benefits good

    Cons

    Management at all levels are disconnected; treat workers and outside organizations with disrespect; promote for the wrong reasons

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Old fashion company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very flexible hours
    tolerant employees
    cheap prices in cafeteria

    Cons

    left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing


  3. Helpful (11)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (12)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (7)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Some good, some bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant III in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant III in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work with a lot of great, smart people

    Cons

    Office politics, culture, disengagement from Senior Leadership

    Advice to Management

    Engage with employees and help them feel valuable.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very unique (in a good way) place to work. Freedom to pursue your own career path and interests.

    Cons

    First line managers are difficult to deal with.


  10. "SAP BI/BW HANA consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  11. "Leader in Power Industry Reaearch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.



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