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"Give due consideration to Pros & Cons for work in this Industry"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at AEP full-time

Pros

Decent pay and benefits. Good people at the field and local levels to work with. Departments with minimal required overtime would be acceptable to most people. Electricity is needed continually 365 days a year, and there is always maintenance work to be done so there is continual work.

Cons

PUCO push/rush for deregulation over the past 10-15 years has changed the work environment there, and has resulted in significant staffing reductions over the same time period. Front line employees responsible for, or those considering a job for maintaining power flow of the electric grid need to know the amount of work / life / health balance they desire and carefully weight that against the pay and the hours that will be required of them with the current level of front line staffing.

Regulatory pressure on budgets has increased yearly, as well as the work tone of do more with less.

Advice to Management

Value front line employees as a resource to maintain, not a commodity to use up. Make certain that you get what you're paying for. Value good performing employees and recognize them accordingly.

Other Employee Reviews for AEP

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    "Maintenance Superintendent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good salary & benefits; Solid company

    Cons

    Company up against industry challenges


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    "AEP -- a dynamic place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Energy Analyst
    Current Employee - Energy Analyst
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best parts about working at AEP are the opportunities for internal mobility. At AEP, and particularly in the Commercial Operations division, people are encouraged to try different projects and groups. Upward and as well as lateral mobility is quite common, and many people switch roles every couple of years. This kind of dynamic environment (1) produces a workforce that better understands how their work fits into "the big picture" (2) allows employees to get to know and network with a broader cross-section of the company, and (3) forces us to re-examine the old methods and habits in search of improvement.
    Before getting to know AEP, I had imagined the company as any old utility -- rigid and boring -- but after two years, I'm still excited to work there!

    Cons

    A negative to working at a large company such as AEP is the disconnect between divisions and operating companies. Besides AEP's regional utilities across several states, there are also river barge operations, special environmental projects, and energy market trading activity. While corporate management tries to unify the company through e-mails, a good intranet site and company newsletters, it's still sometimes difficult to see the big picture of the company and truly understand what's happening.
    Another frustrating aspect of working at AEP is the time it takes to work through layers of IT security for new employees. It takes several days to get security badges to work, e-mail accounts to be set up, access for computer applications to be granted, and passwords to function. These problems make it difficult for new employees to acclimate to the climate and to jump right into their new jobs.

    Advice to Management

    While there is a formal process for employee feedback, I feel it might be very helpful to have a formal chance for employees to give feedback to their supervisors. This would open the channels of communication further.

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