Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
3.2 of 5 33 reviews
www.epri.com Palo Alto, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Reviews

Updated Apr 08, 2014
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) – US – “EPRI Campus”

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3.2 33 reviews

                             

56% Approve of the CEO

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

Michael W. Howard

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Nice team players

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

ProsWe can learn a lot there

ConsSmall Company to work for

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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)

I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time for more than 3 years

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)

I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern for more than 3 years

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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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsExcellent - great place to work

ConsNone - no known cons; great place to work

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

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Failing Company

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

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

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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Great employees and managers!!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as an intern for more than a year

ProsEveryone is very kind and helpful. Family-oriented company

ConsCafeteria menu could be better

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Middle-ground between academia and industry

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

ProsNice location and facility. Friendly staff and working environment.

ConsLess young employees than other Silicon valley companies.

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Good Company - Bad Politics

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

I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time for more than 3 years

ProsEPRI has a lot of nice people, good benefits, and a relaxed work environment. Lot of different topics being researched allows employees to find something that interests them.

ConsConstant bickering in office politics become tiring and distracts from getting the job done. The company can't seem to rid itself of dead weight, a few individuals in each group seem to bog things down and are never dealt with.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Project Engineer/Scientist

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time

Prostravel, work with top experts in fields, flexible working hours, interesting topics, good compensation/benefits

Consolder group, struggle developing young talent, slow to adopt change

Advice to Senior Managementwork on developing younger talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A starting point, but not great for long term.

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

I worked at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood place to start your career.

ConsBudget cuts have led the company to be frugal on research symposiums, corporate benefits, and ERP implementation, while upper management receives quiet bonuses. Promotions and salary awarded on seniority, not on accomplishments.

Advice to Senior ManagementOutdated principles and policies do little to compete with other Silicon Valley opportunities.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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