Itron Reviews

Updated 17 April 2015
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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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  1. A good team - but don't take them for granted

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A friendly atmosphere, with a lot of staff having worked for the company for over 10 years. There is a strong work ethic which makes it a rewarding place to work. There is flexibility in working patterns and the staff make it a nice place to work, and most work together well. The site has become recognized as an important center for development, which bodes well for the future, even though there have been significant changes to the structure of the company. There are regular training sessions provided when necessary.

    Cons

    Big changes have been implemented in recent months with the closure of a few well established sites, meaning the loss of a huge amount of talent. This has made the future of the company less certain. Salaries have often been remarked as being below market rate.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New Delhi (India)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere, good people, nice work environment

    Cons

    Too much politics, bad management

  3. Itron is a good company to work for if you are willing to put work into your job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Itron

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, very open and friendly environment.

    Cons

    The location I work at is pretty rural, moving up requires consistent above average work.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Worked for company 12+ years. Good old days are gone...

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Office culture is laid-back, slow paced, and allows a flexible schedule. Telecommuting is available in most cases depending on the direct supervisor. A lot of employees have been there for more than 10 years

    Cons

    Compensation is below average for the position with very little perks. Morale is very low due to continued lay-offs for the past 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    It seems like the bigger contracts for Smart Meters and AMI projects are no longer out there. Perhaps the company can reinvent itself, and/or expand product line.

  6. Helpful (2)

    A technology company to be concerned about

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operations and Procurement in West Union, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operations and Procurement in West Union, SC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people and working atmosphere. Excellent benefits package. Excellent technology in the utilities sector. Global organization.

    Cons

    Advancement is arbitrary and subjective. Organization is overly top heavy with executive management and current management seems to lack a consistent vision and direction by their actions. Various organizational units are compartmentalized with a top down approach which increases bureaucracy and flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Develop autonomous business units with all necessary resources to get the job done. Let them sink or swim on their own merits rather than creating a mass upheaval of the entire organization when action must be taken. Unlike G.E. or other large corporations, Itron would be unable to divest of entire business units due to the nature of their structure.

  7. The best place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staffing Specialist in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Senior Staffing Specialist in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I worked at Itron full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The working culture was great. Nice people, opportunity to develop yourself, career enhancement.

    Cons

    Global working scope. Possibility to work with other Itron employees from other Itron subsidiaries.

    Advice to Management

    The Management was great.

  8. Itron used to be my passion - I loved to come to work every day. But recent decisions have made it now just a job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Itron is a job with a steady income. I have lots of friends at Itron and they are part of the reason why I have not left. For the area, the salary is OK, but don't expect any major salary increases.

    Cons

    There is a major lack of future growth here; I feel like I am stuck in the same position without the ability to spread my wings. Benefits used to be top notch, but recently they are are covering less and less.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees; don't rely on external sources to tell you how your business is running. While the stock price is important, don't let it dictate every decision.

  9. I had a great experience working with this company, but there are a lot of layoffs of temps and a couple of full timers.

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    Former Employee - Senior Production Assembler in Waseca, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Production Assembler in Waseca, MN (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Co-workers are great, become like a family.
    -Pay isn't bad considering you don't need a GED or HS diploma.
    -Great vacation. Get about 2 weeks off at the end of the year.
    -Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    -Lots of layoffs.
    -No room for advancement.
    -Cap on raises.
    -Reviews are done by co-workers, so raises are based on how well you are liked.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Under paid and not appreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Itron as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The coworkers I had at Itron were great, and the onsite cafeteria was a nice bonus.

    Cons

    There was no transparency with any huge changes that would happen. They are constantly trying to cut costs and reorganize structure with out really communicating anything to their employees. There were company wide announcements that would be sent out, but only ever announced when someone was promoted to a high level role, and those people typically got to those positions because they are well liked. There was no appreciation for the regular employees who worked really hard. Turnover at Itron was horrible...their employees always on the look out for better opportunities because they know Itron is so unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Engage your employees so you can in turn invest in them, and maybe keep them around a little longer.

  11. Helpful (2)

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

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    Former Employee - Engineering and Development Area
    Former Employee - Engineering and Development Area

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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