Itron Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Itron President & CEO Philip Mezey
Philip Mezey
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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
  • The upper management in itron are all 60 y (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. Keep Looking

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck but not a place to make a career unless you are in the clique.

    Cons

    Very unprofessional environment. Incompetent management. If you have a job already, keep it and keep looking. If you don't have a job, then take it but still keep looking.

    Advice to Management

    They don't want my advice and will not want yours either.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Going down hill, and fast.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Liberty Lake, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Liberty Lake, WA

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

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

    Pros

    The fellow people that I get to work with. Relaxed environment, depending on manager, i.e. ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Pay is way below industry standard. No training. Advancement is difficult. Environment and morale slipping daily. Employees not valued. Little organization and planning in project that it's become a bit of a mess. CEO makes 90 times the average employee and HR still cannot get to a point where they pay people at an industry standard. When layoffs do occur, talented individuals are laid off while many incompetent employees remain. Almost seems that one needs to screw up in order to be promoted. There are constant re-organization efforts and many employees shift around from manager to manager.

    Advice to Management

    Need some serious overhaul of management, and communication needs much improvement. There are too many bottle necks which result in 10% of the people working 60+ hours a week while others wait for that work to be done. Resources need to be better understood and utilized.


  3. Helpful (7)

    At least the consulting firm is racially biased and poor performing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Itron

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

    Pros

    In current US tech industry, a racially biased company like itron is destined to fail

    Cons

    I dont think the upper management is promoting racial bias like other reviews suggested but they are well aware of it. However, they prefer to keep their eyes closed. The bad reputation has spread through industry causing itron to take major hits from previous employees who have taken governmental positions now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eyes closed until company goes broke.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Chaotic lawless offices!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Itron

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

    Pros

    Itron offers paycheck, healthcare, and benefits so it is better than being unemployed

    Cons

    Complete chaos! It feels like working in a western movie. Nobody follows the law in itron. If you talk about law, management laughs at you. Then in every meeting they wonder why the company is not performing well.

    Advice to Management

    US has law so Itron should follow the law.


  6. Helpful (9)

    Racial bias... Poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Itron

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

    Pros

    None that I noticed when I worked there but now I know some connections that I made are quite useful.

    Cons

    The upper management in itron are all 60 y.o. male rednecks that promotes racial bias under cover. Some lower managers hire minorities (females, ethnic minorities, foreigners) not knowing the company's non-written policy and trouble starts there!
    A recent outcome is that itron already segregated 2 offices (Davis, CA and I think Berkeley, CA) by firing or forcing minorities to leave or work remotely.
    Overall, not a good place for females, minorities, foreigners, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to CEO: Segregation is not a solution to itrons problems.... Changing every single person in management is!


  7. Helpful (16)

    Slur-Alert! Slur-Alert!

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

    I have been working at Itron full-time

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

    Pros

    If you are good at lobbying and have good communication skills you don't need to work much at Itron. You will be evaluated based on other factors not how much work you have done! All I can say is working hard gets you nowhere at Itron so just try to connect with the right people internally to succeed!

    Cons

    Itron has hired many state government lay-offs over the years many of whom were laid off because of behavior issues. Needless to say that you will hear racial slurs, will be discriminated against, and your work will be sabotaged on daily basis in Itron. Such incidences are so common that HR considers them as non-fixable! So all you can do is to avoid troubling employees or to leave the company.

    The HR employees and managers pretend they do not hear these slurs because they know they cant fire more than 50% of the employees! At the same time, You cant blame the HR because control of the situation is already out of their hands and they rather dont open the can of worms.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of covering-up the office mess, try to correct it.


  8. Helpful (14)

    Needs a strong CEO to clean it up or it will go broke soon

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Itron full-time

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

    Pros

    1. If you can join one of the cults in the company, not much work and easy paycheck.
    2. Depending on your office you may run into good friendly colleagues too.

    Cons

    1. Because of weak upper management in Itron, some senior employees have literally formed cults inside Itron offices. These cults run Itron offices and to be successful at Itron, you should forget about the managers and join one of these cults from the first day. Its almost like prison philosophy. The cult leaders are much stronger than the managers in the office so be careful not to step on their toes. Most managers are actually like cheerleaders in Itron and are not involved in the work. If you cant join a cult, they will not let you be successful and they are VERY strong. Even the managers dont mess with them. They can easily do anything they want from misleading you, to giving you false negative reviews, etc.

    2. A major drawback of working at Itron is that if you stay for a long time, you will have trouble finding your next job in the energy industry. There are many pissed-off ex-Itron-employees in the energy industry that will not let you get a job at their company.

    3. Itron is formed from many different departments that are not working well together. In my opinion, the only successful department is software development, IT, and cyber security. They have some smart people there and the rest of Itron is just slacking. If I were the CEO, I would keep software and get rid of the rest.

    4. Competitors have thrown Itron to the sidelines. Although they blame it on tough competition and bad market, the lack of success is mostly because of poor internal management. The management does not care much about employees or even Itron's success. To simplify, Itron is poorly managed and poorly managed companies are destined to fail.

    5. I see previous reviews have complained about slurs at workplace, but my experience in Itron is that it really depends on your office. There are some offices in Itron known for that stuff and you only have to avoid people from those offices. Having said that, Itron belongs to a rare breed of red-neck renewable companies and it is definitely not a good place for minorities.

    Advice to Management

    Use strong military-type managers to clean up the company from cults.


  9. Helpful (14)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Energy Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Energy Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (15)

    Not the right place for professionals

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

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

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

    Pros

    Not much. The paycheck was not bad. Good place for retired folks who want to spend time and get paid until the end of their career.

    Cons

    This company has a bad reputation in the renewable industry so if you want to stay in renewable industry in the future, you may reconsider.
    Expect to be ignored at expositions and conferences when you show up at Itron booth. I used to work with them a while years ago and after that, i had to convince people at interviews that I was not associated with them and just worked there for a while. If you stayed there for a short period and you are planning to stay in the renewable business, I recommend removing Itron from your resume. They will not tell you but will look the other way when they see that name.

    Advice to Management

    Consider reconstructing the management and use stronger and more active managers.


  11. Helpful (15)

    The consulting department is just horrible

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

    I have been working at Itron full-time

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

    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 Management

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



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