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Itron Reviews

Updated 17 August 2014
Updated 17 August 2014
79 Reviews

2.5
79 Reviews
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Philip Mezey
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work / life balance and the ability to work in different fields (in 5 reviews)

  • Itron benefited greatly from the government stimulating the utility companies to investing the Smart-Grid technologies (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • India (Energy) business being deliberately killed (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun while it lasted-Roller Coaster every two years.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Liberty Lake, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty Lake, WA (US)

    Pros

    The people (peers) are great. When the times are good, the job is fun.

    Cons

    Every two years there is a layoff so they can "gracefully" eliminate people. It is always called a "restructure". Executive management cannot lead by example, since they spend and tell everyone else to cutback. Ask them how many fly coach overseas on a company bought ticket...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you want you wan to do when you grow up. Ask what Leroy would do! (Previous Chairman of Board)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    challenging but leave you very satisfied

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  West Union, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in West Union, SC (US)

    Pros

    It is a global company.

    Cons

    Demands what area you work in. You have to meet your deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come with an open mind and contribute your opinions with your team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    Once great place to be - Now more and more depressing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great employees. Lots of talented people that I enjoy working with.

    Cons

    Very depressing:
    Summer 2012 - layoffs
    Early 2013 - wage freeze: No raises regardless of annual review results
    Fall 2013 - another round of layoffs
    Early 2014 - announced that the layoffs will continue and they haven't finalized the list.

    Good news is a fading memory at this point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is suffering. I hear more and more dark humor about the state of our jobs and the company. I love what I do but I can no longer tell my friends that this is a good place to work. PLEASE do something to show that you care about the employees. Right now, it feels like we're being sacrificed to the shareholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great product. Unique culture. Still Made n USA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    My experience at Itron was positive. There is no perfect company of course so anyone who doesn't find good in a company is looking for the perfect company. Itron has great technology, they have worked hard to keep things "Made in the USA" when most other smart grid companies have shipped things to China or Mexico where it's been proven the quality and reliability of smart metering is significantly less. If you have a Itron meter it's quality. Like most companies they were hit with downturn in sales due to many factors beyond their control. Overall when things were rolling and sales up, my time there was great. Management tries to give people opportunity and some work life balance.

    Cons

    Because it's a mid sized company and sales are not predictable things do feel unstable when sales are down. Also cross training and development of other experience an you are hired for isn't easy to get. I think there is a lot of talent there that should be developed more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a robust University recruiting program to help fill the difficult to find engineering talent that is needed. If you do that then also support the managers with resources to train the new grads. This will pay of 10 fold as there is a lack of available talent for the complex technical needs Itron has. After doing this change your compensation system to allow out of cycle raises to these engineers. You don't want to invest in new grads, train them on your dime only then to lose them to other companies when they offer them a 20-30% increase 3 yrs later. Technical talent goes up in value rapidly so small 1-5% raises won't work. You will lose this talent quickly if you don't keep their salaries inline with the market. Final suggestion is to formally cross train other employees so they stay challenged and gain more experience. In doing this you will profit from employees who have a broader scope of expertise and in turn that employee will want to stay with e company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Liberty Lake, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Liberty Lake, WA (US)

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment.
    Very friendly people.

    Cons

    Luck of direction and support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategic focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Itron lacked training classes that were necessary

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    Former Employee - Undisclosed  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Undisclosed in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    Team of very friendly people

    Cons

    Training skills from professional to day to day were really lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try job sharing as a beginning for training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Integrated, Tested and Repaired Power meter with Smart module integrated into them (cellular Phone modules).

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Integration Technician/RMA Technician  in  Flowood, MS (US)
    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Integration Technician/RMA Technician in Flowood, MS (US)

    Pros

    At the time it was a company with large growth potential.

    Cons

    We were bought out by Itron Inc to discontinue our product that was there completion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There was a lot of other product we had going for us besides the Smart Meter Module. Like the Grid Router and the DCX ((Direct Connect eXternal) box that could be connected to lots of product besides the power meter, like water meters gas meters etc...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be great, now struggling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment, great people, little politics.
    Comparatively large number of enthusiastic employees with initiative in lower ranks.
    Promotion policies are good up to middle management.

    Cons

    Company is currently undergoing crisis for a lack of strategic focus. Trying to "me-too" with competitors instead of assembling talent to tackle Smart Grid proactively.

    Senior management is mostly male and white, tired, lacks original thinking, indecisive, depressing for troops. Does not "get" software, Seems more focused on satisfying stock analysts by laying off low-level staff than sticking to a strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out dead wood at HQ. Promote younger, more female managers into senior management, or hire an outsider or two.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Average

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant II
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant II

    Pros

    -- Good work culture
    -- Well regarded in its industry

    Cons

    -- Very poor managers
    -- Very poor expense report policy
    -- High prevalence of insider culture. Only a few people get the plum assignments
    -- No support for innovative and critical thinking
    -- As a company missing the boat on the big analytics market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture. It might be a painful process to build better products but it will be worthwile

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, poor management

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant II  in  Liberty Lake, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant II in Liberty Lake, WA (US)

    Pros

    Fantastic people to work with, company wants to help make an impact on the future.

    Cons

    Poor management, HR that is not willing to clean house of their managers/directors despite many formal complaints. Not willing to pay employees what the market says they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on better managers and employee retention

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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