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"Utility Industry Leader"

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

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

Pros

This company was founded to provide research and direction to USA utilities. They have been on the forefront of project management in research and development of power delivery in the USA. They are well respected within the utility industry and is a great place to work for engineers and scientists who want to be valued for their input and provide valuable input and discovery into the utility industry of the USA and the world.

Cons

Management doesn't care for non-engineer staff. If you are not a member of the engineering staff, you are not valuable. Seems to be a constant struggle for upper management and budget dollars.

Advice to Management

Listen when administrative staff informs you of issues. You have lost many good employees by listening to the wrong people who had motives other than what was best for the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

  1. Helpful (2)

    "A once-proud industry icon being dragged under by management hubris and incompetence"

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

    I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -- Focus by most staff on research and benefit to the industry
    -- Great people willing to help when you need it
    -- Generous salary and benefits
    -- Nice offices; good facilities

    Cons

    -- New senior managers are convinced they are the smartest guys in the room, but pet projects have run WAY over budget and they are now cutting loose critical talent to balance the budget
    -- Overall intellectual arrogance is part of corporate culture
    -- Too much focus on selling R&D to funders disillusions researchers, who must spend time selling instead of R&D
    -- Most career paths are dead ends with no opportunity for advancement
    -- Management favorites can go years without producing significant results while award-winning researchers are laid off due to budget overruns
    -- Senior staff assumes good researchers are good project and people managers and don't need training for these critical skills. The results have been some spectacular and expensive project failures
    -- Senior VP in charge of current ERP project is determined it will launch on deadline despite systems development far behind schedule. Result is staff is being trained on systems that will change before they ever get to use them.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down, take a breath. Quit trying to show everyone how smart you are by gutting improvements made by predecessors and setting unrealistic deadlines. Stop getting rid of key people you don't like in the name of budgets. Stop demanding time-consuming consistency in the many, many cases where it gains the organization nothing and actually creates more work. Don't make people managers unless/until they have demonstrated management skills.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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

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