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Itron Reviews

Updated 18 February 2015
Updated 18 February 2015
98 Reviews
2.9
98 Reviews
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Philip Mezey
38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work / life balance and the ability to work in different fields (in 7 reviews)

  • The people are friendly and excellent at their jobs (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Struggling to move away from legacy products; hard to break into the upper management circle (in 8 reviews)

  • In my opinion, the only successful department is software development, IT, and cyber security (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company that lead others into the industry and cared about their employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering and Development Area
    Former Employee - Engineering and Development Area

    I worked at Itron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, and time off were all pretty nice. The work/family balance was great. Having the ability to work from home when needed (sick child, school program, etc.) was a plus. Most of the managers (with one specific exception) during my tenure were great people that knew how to manage and genuinely wanted you to succeed. They would NOT make you feel defensive and nitpick everything you did.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to have lost their way. No clear strategic focus. Inability to make a decision and stick with it. Put very little time and research into a new areas and technologies, then decide to buy their way into it, then after a few years decide they should just build it on their own (already 2 years behind the curve and trying to play catchup). Not very cutting edge.

    Their lack of focus has cost them a LOT of valuable employees. Some from attrition (jumping off a sinking ship) and a lot more from layoffs that shouldn't have needed to happen.

    Every year we would hear the same thing from upper management. The first 6 months of the year are going to be tough, but things will pick up in the 2nd half of the year. How many years can you say that before you realize it has become a cliche?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to focus on a direction you want to go and stick with it. Don't follow the current technology because it has already passed you by. You used to set the direction that others attempted to attached their sails to. Now you have no sail and no rudder. Stop hiring the "Bob's" to make your layoff decisions for you. Take the responsibility yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great job out of college

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in West Union, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in West Union, SC (US)

    I worked at Itron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people, great environment, and a lot of learning on the job. I probably doubled my abilities as a c# developer every year.

    Cons

    At times the work could seem meaningless. Sometimes it seemed as though the existence of my job was so that utility companies could over charge for electricity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish pride and excitement of the product your selling. If you're marketing group says "it's green and helps the environment," maybe give everyone coffee cups with the company name and have a recycling bin available. Lastly, give honest feedback and more opportunities. Don't wait until the end of the year evaluations to say "you met expectations."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not bad at all

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Quality Assurance in Akron, OH (US)
    Current Contractor - Quality Assurance in Akron, OH (US)

    I have been working at Itron as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good people and good networking.

    Cons

    In my position I travel a decent amount and it takes me away from my family.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Industry Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Itron full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The industry is exciting to be part of.

    Cons

    Employees not appreciated by management..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Exciting company with a lot of opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Itron

    Pros

    Itron is an exciting company to be a part of. The utility industry is changing and evolving with more advanced technologies, which makes the work we do more interesting and exciting. There are many opportunities for growth within the company and the corporate culture is generally very positive. I like coming to work each day.

    Cons

    The company has struggled a bit in the past couple of years, which has led to some reorganization. However, the company outlook is very positive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good solid employer, but increasingly under cost-cutting pressure

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Liberty Lake, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Liberty Lake, WA (US)

    I worked at Itron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global footprint makes for interesting atmosphere, international operational management, strong investment in R&D, bigger locations like HQ have plenty of employee activities

    Cons

    commoditizing of certain products leads to pressure on margins, restructuring plans 2 years in row, with office and factory closings, older sites have heavy past (Schlumberger days)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company is out of track and does not respect people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Spokane, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Spokane, WA (US)

    I worked at Itron full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Its leadership history and past acquisitions
    Global presence and
    Vision of the future

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    Lack of strategy
    Wrong tactics
    Does not respect employees
    Pretend to be fair and correct
    Solve cultural conflicts - Europe x USA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your strategy and change 1st tier executives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    High Turnover and Low Morale at the Raleigh, NC Office

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I worked at Itron full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Industry leader in metering products
    Large company benefits package with good insurance and vacation policies.

    Cons

    Unrealistic control of day to day operations from Oconee, SC offices. Engineers working remotely with no guidance.
    Layoffs and terminations without cause.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either invest in the Raleigh NC organization and make it self-sufficient with self-determination and authority, or close it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company Culture is changing and no longer values the employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I have been working at Itron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance in most departments depending upon your manager
    There is free coffee and tea (if that is what you like)
    They provide 401K matching and benefits
    You get a paycheck and some industry experience
    The organization is well known
    The organization encourages community involvement
    Some of the people are nice to work with and very intelligent

    Cons

    Working a lot of long hours for extended periods of time has become the norm and not the exception
    There is no additional training provide for career improvement or advancement
    There is no leadership training
    Employees are not valued - especially if you are a foreigner or minority
    There is high turn over in the Raleigh office and executive management was very frank and told people to leave if they are not happy and offshoring will continue
    No career advancement
    No training provided for career advancement and you may not get adequate training or resources to do your job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership skills should be improved
    Just because a person is technically inclined and good at their job, does not mean they are good managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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