Electric Power Research Institute Employee Reviews in United States

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Well respected company with good compensation and benefits
Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee) –  Charlotte, NCJune 9, 2016
Good work/life balance, but very manager and program dependent. Good compensation and benefits. Travel can be excessive at times. Upper management disconnected from rest of company. Too many pet projects and project managers that lack experience and expertise in their given area. Often times get pushed into quantity of research results rather than quality. Lack of direction within certain programs. Very political funding system.
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Would not recommend to further your career.
Infrastructure Analyst II (Former Employee) –  Charlotte, NCMay 17, 2016
The management at EPRI are not focused on improving the institute, only their positions within the management structure. I would put some deep thought into the decision of joining the team. since 2014 there has been 21 people leave the IT department due to lack of management. The total number of employees staffed full time is 13. The Human Resources department at EPRI is probably one of the worst I've come across in my 20 year career
Pros
None
Cons
Jr level management, HR department continue to keep their heads in the sand. Corruption at the highest level.
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A nonprofit which is quietly about profit at the top.
Director (Current Employee) –  Charlotte, NCApril 30, 2016
Poor healthcare = very very expensive. Cut throat "CFO group" breads negativity and is about budgets to ensure bonuses at the top, will exploit those of us who want to do good work and are willing to work extra hours with low supportive head count however the expectation of work being complete and perfect is of course prevalent. Cold non-personal/family oriented leadership. This is the case for all but those close to the CFO ensuring her success. Top level is out of touch and about profits in a non-profit!
Pros
10% 401K, 30% + Director Bonus
Cons
Executives out of touch and about profits in a non-profit…? Poor work life balance.
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Conducts research and development in the energy industry
Technical Assistant III (Current Employee) –  Charlotte, NCMarch 27, 2016
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, we bring together scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and the industry to help address challenges in electricity.

Our research provides both short- and long-term solutions that enable the transformation of power systems to be more flexible, resilient and connected. Our ultimate goal is to provide society with safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible electricity.
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Non profit organization with a family based atmosphere.
Manager, Office Services (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMarch 12, 2015
A typical day at work is very exciting. Dealing with the brilliant minds of scientist is very challenging and rewarding. The co-workers at EPRI are skilled and dedicated. Management allows you the space to grow personally and professionally. The most enjoyable part of working at EPRI was the family based atmosphere of a non-profit organization.
Pros
excellent benefit package
Cons
for-profit politics in a non-profit organization
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Good work environment
Student Employee (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAFebruary 11, 2015
People are really nice and accomodating. As an Intern, I learned everything about the company and the work on the job. Co-workers are nice and would stand by your judgement.
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Intern used as a copy machine
Nuclear Fuels and Chemistry Summer Intern (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CADecember 12, 2014
I spent the summer literally retyping a manual with updates because the company lost. They had framed the job with all kinds of nice rhetoric of how I "would incorporate thermodynamic theory into the industry leading thermodynamics calculations software," but instead I literally retyped a 1000 page manuscript. I got paid decently for data entry work, but could have spent the summer better.
Pros
n/a
Cons
interns are not given meaningful work
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Very friendly
Preliminary Software Evaluator (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAOctober 14, 2014
close knit groups of coworkers and managers. All inclusive campus for food and place of rest.
Pros
close knit
Cons
away from the main streets
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Overall average company
QA Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Charlotte, NCMarch 9, 2014
Overall average company. Good benefits, bonus. Management do not have good people skills.
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A great place to work.
Sr. Financial Analyst (Former Employee) –  Knoxville, TNJune 24, 2013
This is a wonderful company. High energy employees, very nice environment.
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Great people to work with - a business with a university environment
Librarian/Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TXFebruary 17, 2013
My day was full of making appointments and travel arrangements for the manager. I also did research for co-workers. I learned so much how account representative work - I never had worked in an environment like this. Co-workers were diverse in ethnic backgrounds which made the office a learning experience in itself. I had never worked in a environment like this.
Hardest part of the job was getting to worked in the mornings with the traffic. The most enjoyable part of the job was getting to travel some this the job.
Pros
travel, co-workers, manager
Cons
health, commute
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Excellent work environment
Human Resources Assistant (Former Employee) –  Knoxville, TNJanuary 2, 2013
Everyone who works for EPRI seems to love their job, it was an excellent place to work. Also, I developed a working understanding of the field of Human Resources during my two years with the company.
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Good at first but then it will suck the life out of you
Support (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TXDecember 12, 2012
There's no punishment for not working hard here and no reward for killing yourself. You can work really hard or not and it doesn't seem to matter. Good people are laid off, terrible people still collect their paychecks and bonuses. Management doesn't seem to know what their staff is doing or not doing. Also, there is no path for advancement. Smart, hard working people can work the same position for a decade or more.
Pros
beautiful offices, nice people, good pay and benefits, good bonus
Cons
no opportunities for advancement, staff is unhappy, new ceo is not supportive of sales/marketing/support and shows it (layoffs), new ceo does not want anyone to feel secure in their job so that they will work harder
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Excellent professional high end company.
Manager, NDE Instruction - Training Dept (Former Employee) –  Charlotte, NCJune 21, 2012
Employees highly educated, motivated and mission oriented. Service to society, industry and power plants kept everyone focused. Major cutting edge technology development for heavy metal pressure vessels, piping systems, heat exchangers and advanced technology to test, evaluate and analyze modern challenges face the power industry in every facet. Enjoyed working with top flight colleague and industry clients. Challenged to solve major issues with hardware and programing for good of electric power industry. Enjoyed the structured organized and professional work environment. Big money could use some entrepreneurial cost savings since the over priced services caused programs to drop. Industry cannot afford the cadillac version all the time. Need more competition to keep cost down.
Pros
professional colleagues and challenging issues to solve.
Cons
collapsing programs to save money.
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3.6
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