Itron Reviews

Updated June 5, 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. Helpful (2)

    You will not have a life.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Union, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Union, SC

    I worked 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

    Company has good benefits and the vacation policy is really good on how quick you can increase your weeks off. Its a clean environment to work and they keep the temperature comfortable in summer and winter. Pay is really good but, see below.

    Cons

    You are either working your life away on overtime or at the least little hiccup in orders wondering who will get terminated and if you do slip by, you will then have your butt worked off having the job duties of those that are gone added to your duties. Your manager will add his annual goals to yours instead of doing his own and you having your own? Makes no sense. If you get a manager that will respond to your emails, treat you with respect, and help make your job more efficient then you should thank your lucky stars .

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone is cut out to be a leader. Have your middle management reviewed by their subordinates each year which will allow upper managers to see who needs work on their people skills. Lead by example is a good one to live by. Have meetings in all groups within a focus factory (not just some)and asked those what is needed from them to make your job easier which in turn makes the company more money by all being more efficient. Just because its the way its always been done does not make it the best way. You hire smart people but will not listen or even try to listen. Ask and listen then as the Nike commercial says " Just Do It".


  2. Helpful (2)

    review

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Nice facility, competitive pay, ICs are knowledgable.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, no training, management lacks skills.


  3. Helpful (1)

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Company Culture is changing and no longer values the employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Software Development in Raleigh, NC

    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

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (7)

    Tough to get things done

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Systems Engineer in Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Software Systems Engineer in Jackson, MS

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    small setting, friendly people. flexible hours

    Cons

    hard to change the culture

    Advice to Management

    think outside the box


  8. Helpful (14)

    Lost Cause

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

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

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

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (16)

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

    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Fun while it lasted-Roller Coaster every two years.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty Lake, WA

    I worked 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 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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (11)

    Once great place to be - Now more and more depressing

    • 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 5 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.



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