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"Nightmare in Silicon Valley"

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

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

Pros

Excellent and overly generous compensation, including bonus and retirement
Beautiful campus
Good Work-Life balance
Some very smart people
Fun events

Cons

The worst of academia and civil service combined;
Very political; lots of drama behind the scenes at Senior Management Level
Lots of game playing and backstabbing at peer level; many of your peers have never worked anywhere else or they are related to another employee;
Operationally, science aside, in another century; don't work here for more than a few years if you want to be employable afterwards

Other Employee Reviews for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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    "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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to get your foot in the door, dreadfully boring however..."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Work with industry experts everday
    -Lots of exposure to the utility industry
    -Nice buildings and offices
    -Opputunity to learn a lot
    -Cafeteria on-site with excellent food

    Cons

    -Little research is performed in house
    -Mainly middle man work
    -Tons of email
    -Intern work is equivalent to secretary work, even for engineering students
    -Very political work environment

    Advice to Management

    -Give employees stimulating work
    -Don't be so political

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