Itron Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
89 Reviews
2.3
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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 5 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. 8 people found this helpful  

    Promotions are racially biased

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

    I have been working at Itron

    Pros

    Good place for a software engineer to jump-start career and get some experience

    Cons

    I come from India and I immediately figured I cant stay long because I would be stuck at the same spot. Performance reviews and promotions are racially biased. The software development group is not even the worst group. I have heard the consulting group is much worse. We were told to avoid them from the first week. Fortunately, as a software engineer, you don't have to interact with them.
    In general, Itron is poorly managed and nobody in management takes responsibility when things go wrong. This may or may not affect you depending on the circumstances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know why a software company should produce meters or have a consulting firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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
  3. 13 people found this helpful  

    Lost Cause

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA

    I have been working at Itron full-time for 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun while it lasted-Roller Coaster every two years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Liberty Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty Lake, WA

    I worked at Itron full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 10 people found this helpful  

    Once great place to be - Now more and more depressing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Integrated, Tested and Repaired Power meter with Smart module integrated into them (cellular Phone modules).

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Integration Technician/RMA Technician  in  Flowood, MS
    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Integration Technician/RMA Technician in Flowood, MS

    I worked at Itron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    At the time it was a company with large growth potential.

    Cons

    We were bought out by Itron Inc to discontinue our product that was there completion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There was a lot of other product we had going for us besides the Smart Meter Module. Like the Grid Router and the DCX ((Direct Connect eXternal) box that could be connected to lots of product besides the power meter, like water meters gas meters etc...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant II
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant II

    I worked at Itron full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -- Good work culture
    -- Well regarded in its industry

    Cons

    -- Very poor managers
    -- Very poor expense report policy
    -- High prevalence of insider culture. Only a few people get the plum assignments
    -- No support for innovative and critical thinking
    -- As a company missing the boat on the big analytics market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture. It might be a painful process to build better products but it will be worthwile

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You must be careful about Itron International

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Itron

    Pros

    Before Actaris acquisition, Itron was an extraordinary Company, respect and honesty towards the employees were the cause of motivation and innovation.

    Cons

    Since Itron Inc. gave the full control to Actaris, betrayal and blows twisted between employees become something normal. Consequently no motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The situation in the International become out of control, It is time that people from Itron Inc., which not come from Actaris, take over control to rectify this situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Itron is a paycheck, but doesn't provide much more than that.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  West Union, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Union, SC

    I have been working at Itron

    Pros

    It's a job with a steady income. I have many friends at Itron and I enjoy their company, and they are part of the only reason why I have not yet moved on. Benefits appear to be good but its hard to compare now-a-days.

    Cons

    Lack of future growth. Under compensated. They claim that they can't compare with other companies less than 30 miles away. Expectations are generally higher than can be acheived in a year's time and managment usually sets very vague goals and little management to see them through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to wake up and start sharing the wealth with your entire work staff.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Big dreams, poor reality

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Itron is a multinational company, with a lot of knowledge and experience. It has a very long history in the metering business and in supplying the connected business solutions.

    Cons

    The current strategy is unclear, head count reduction can not be a long term strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a clear strategy and make everybody to follow it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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