Itron Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
95 Reviews
2.4
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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 7 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Struggling to move away from legacy products; hard to break into the upper management circle (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. 14 people found this helpful  

    Good place for seniors and retired folks, not a good place for minorities!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Energy Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Energy Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Easy paycheck while government still contracts this company. That may not last long though as the government cut back on many projects.

    Cons

    The company is a government contractor and the main work is generating long, boring, and useless reports for the state government. Lack of efficiency and too many senior employees who do not actively take part in the job cause writing reports to take much longer than expected which is a huge waste of government money. These reports do not have much value but you get your paycheck and you can be happy with it. The easy paycheck however comes with a package of rude and offensive colleague behavior. You can expect to hear a long of interesting "words" from the seniors at Itron.

    Things were good at Itron until 2011 but I think in recent years the government noticed lack of value and cut back on many of the projects so Itron started struggling with losses. Many of my hard-working and efficient colleagues started leaving in recent years.

    Itron has many bits and pieces that are not working well together and the CEO does not even know that some of these bits exist! The CEO only manages the company stock and couldnt care less about the body of the company. You will receive 2 emails a year form the CEO who does not know where his email goes!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should consider rebuilding the company and shut down the offices that are not attached to the rest of the company. They should hire young professional active managers to improve the quality of work. They should push senior employees to actively take part in the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 15 people found this helpful  

    The consulting department is just horrible

    • 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

    Pros

    Office furniture and equipment are good and the office environment is clean which is typical for consulting firms but nothing other than that is a pro.

    Cons

    Disrespectful seniors
    No training for the job
    Slurs at the workplace
    Losing market-share
    Limited to very specific projects which are dissapearing as the state of California is changing its incentive policy
    Lousy managers that only seek time to pass time and get paid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider having an HR employee in the office to monitor the office environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 13 people found this helpful  

    Lost Cause

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, warm people. My supervisor is great.

    Cons

    Big pay inequities, poor company performance means little to no annual bonus or merit payout. No career plan. No coaching or mentoring. There would not be time anyway, since you are to busy doing your current job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes the whole company to be a successfully one, not just a select few.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 15 people found this helpful  

    Large Corporate company losing site of their employee morale and happiness to make stockholders richer.

    • 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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits - though slowly declining.
    Some flexibility offered, some telecommuting though not consistent with this offering even within the same teams.

    Cons

    Has fully taken on the DO MORE WITH LESS mentality. Just because revenue was inflated 1-2 years from GOV funding, we shouldn't act like a starving company with our 2+billion in revenue.

    Lose employees though they never replace. Just give people more work load. Management doesn't fight for their teams or get job duties out of their department that belong somewhere else. Sometimes feels like mid management is just fluffing their stats to look good to upper mgmt.

    Lost 1 personal holiday this year - No accrued sick leave program, no performance raises or delayed - why strive for high marks on annual review with no benefit?

    Little communication or leadership from management.

    No team building activities or morale boosting events.

    Way too many jobs duties assigned to each employee to ever be able to do efficient and effectively. Constant feeling of failure because you can never keep up, even for the best employees. You just know mgmt wants you to work 60+ hours per week.

    NO Training department. Customers have little or no way to get training on products. Major Itron Gap where customers pay price. (This could bring in a lot of revenue.)

    Training for new employees is horrible. Felt like I was dropped in the middle of the ocean for the first year to just "figure out how to get to shore."

    Work here if you want to sit in a corporate cubicle (your bubble) with no fun, excitement, or coworker morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people to mgmt just because they have been here for 20 years, many of them should NEVER be in that position. Find leaders, not managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Finally turning around management

    • 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

    International company, amazing coworkers, good pay for Spokane

    Cons

    Not enough investing in growth and development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're not comfortable managing or directing people, you shouldn't be a manager or director.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Gradually bringing new technologies to the industry.

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

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

    Pros

    Mature corporation, industry leader.
    Take proactive actions to reorg and improve efficiency.
    Nice people.

    Cons

    Still slow decision making.

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

    Good work / life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oakland, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oakland, CA (US)

    I have been working at Itron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work / life balance and the ability to work in different fields. Management is generally very friendly. Salaries are fair.

    Cons

    The work can become monotonous, so it's up to the employee to develop a career path and keep things interesting. Mentorship from senior staff is lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentive structure for promotions could be better articulated. Management should focus more on promoting employee growth from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    senior test/quality engineer

    • 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

    Pros

    larges tech company in town

    Cons

    Only one in town so not too many option

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA (US)

    I have been working at Itron full-time

    Pros

    Decent paycheck, interesting industry, and the people are mostly nice.

    Cons

    Politics are extreme, you must be part of the in-crowd to get promoted. Not much of a career path unless you are willing to travel up to 75% of the time. Training is rare. It feels like the company is poised for either a takeover or big layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell us what's going on, even when the news isn't great. The gossip throughout Itron is constant and demoralizing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good people, but a little provincial for a tech company. Need to improve strategic decision making

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

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

    Pros

    Upbeat, positive culture. Expect a lot of people but try to take care of them.

    Cons

    Too provincial for company trying to be global.
    Need to improve strategic decision making processes, at executive and junior executive levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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