Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2014
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) – US – “EPRI Campus”

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3.2 39 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) President & CEO Michael W. Howard

Michael W. Howard

(23 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
39 Employee Reviews
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    Great place for a summer internship

    Intern (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA (US)

    ProsInteractions with my manager went smoothly when he was around. It helped me to make fast progress while constantly learning new things. If done in the appropriate department, this is definitely a good experience to complement one's studies (graduate studies in Engineering in my case).

    ConsMy managers were often traveling (probably due to the summer season). Also, for a company with so diverse areas of research, everyone could benefit from more interactions between various departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry and give more regular feedback on quality of work and progress toward project completion. Try and better tie projects to overall strategy of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome Job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat environment for a finance intern.

    ConsThe snack room is too close!

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Outside experience preferred

    Senior Project Engineer/Scientist (Former Employee) Charlotte, NC (US)

    ProsExtremely talented technical staff; An opportunity to shape the industry; Good bonus and 401(k) plans; Opportunity to travel frequently if desired.

    ConsExternal experience valued more than internal. Senior leadership can often come across as out-of-touch. Limited upward mobility makes promotions difficult to obtain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in your staff. Look more at substance rather than style. You have the ability to develop technical talent if you choose to do so.

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    Not what it used to be...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat mission and very nice people.

    ConsBeing driven into obscurity by politics and a weak leadership team. Used to be respected -- now seen as a necessary evil for some members. One interesting quote, "We hate writing your check every year but we have to do it as a gesture of kindness."

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back in the game. You lost your passion and drive four years ago at least at it is getting worse every year. Every one of my colleagues is looking for a job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company is sinking fast, but not as fast as employee morale

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Knoxville, TN (US)

    ProsFlexible hours. Quick reimbursement on expense reports.

    ConsManagement does not provide opportunity for career growth and development. There is very little opportunity for current employees to move into more senior positions, as the company almost always prefers to hire externally. The only way to break through glass ceiling is to leave the company. HR is the biggest gossip ring in the company, and very little concern is given to employee privacy. HR also fails to act on legitimate employee concerns. Project managers have little skill in being people managers. Project management training consists of navigating through SAP system, not dealing with subordinates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget about your current employees. Show us that you care about growing our careers, don't just say that you do in quarterly emails. Help us help you grow the company. Help us become an innovative company again, don't just say that we are. Admit to your mistakes and focus energy on making things right, not pointing fingers and playing the blame game.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice team players

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWe can learn a lot there

    ConsSmall Company to work for

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    New Leadership Does Not Fit The Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBeing a part of important innovative work

    ConsLack of downward communication. Slow salary growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the people who are actually doing the work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Highly satisfying opportunity to work collaboratively to find solutions to issues relating to electric power.

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA (US)

    ProsGreat way to build an early career in clean energy. Ability to gain significant industry expertise and become nationally / world-recognized in early-to-mid career, without needing to climb the EPRI corporate ladder. For a non-profit organization, the salary / bonus is very good. In

    ConsSalary growth and promotions have historically been slow to moderate, particularly in early career. However, the ladder has been revamped with additional positions. Some employees are challenging and not innovative, but generally still great people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on consistently bringing young talent into EPRI, even if they only remain 3-5 years. Good for people who think they would like to do a PhD, but decided not to for lifestyle reasons.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work as an Intern.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Knoxville, TN (US)

    ProsGreat people. All around, loved everyone I worked with.
    Laid back atmosphere.
    Free food (and good food at that) often once a week.

    ConsNever got the feeling that what I was doing mattered much, but I was only an intern.
    I didn't always feel properly trained to do what I was asked to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Failing Company

    Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA (US)

    ProsPalo Alto is a great place to work, but very expensive
    Charlotte maybe is a good place to work, but that's stretching it
    Knoxville has cheap living, but not sure what else
    Will let you work from home anywhere, so nobody sees what you are doing
    Excellent work life balance

    ConsCEO not held accountable for his failed, grandiose ERP initiative. Blaming lower level people
    Higher level management is English language challenged
    Absentee Management : work from home or hide out in Knoxville or Phoenix
    Most PM work is now simply paper pushing
    Management wants innovation but employees allowed to work from home and company library was eliminated with no viable substitute implemented
    Membership funding decreasing
    Company losing personnel widely respected in their fields
    Company needs an effective Board of Directors that truly understands the R&D business
    Most of management has never performed company's PM work
    Promotion is based on buddy system
    Glass ceiling is apparent
    Not a Silicon Valley type of company

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of flying around the world on so called company business with your wives, maybe its time you stay in the office and focus on managing effectively the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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