Itron Reviews

Updated May 30, 2015
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Itron President & CEO 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
  • 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 Great Professional Place

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Liberty Lake, WA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Liberty Lake, WA

    I worked at Itron as an intern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will get to learn a lot of stuff as an intern. They take you slow when you start. Great environment.

    Cons

    A slight lack of communication here and there.

  2. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Engineer in Spokane, WA

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

    Pros

    I've enjoyed my tenure working at Itron. Most of people I interface with are dedicated to the success of the company and are great to work with.

    Cons

    Not too many cons. Mostly it can be a very fast paced require some overtime hours to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Improve training of applications to those who need to support Itron specific applications.

  3. Leadership Integrity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Itron full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Honest fair and hard working culture

    Cons

    In transition due to market shift

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  5. 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.

  6. 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
    Former Employee - Senior Production Assembler in Waseca, MN

    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.

  7. Great job out of college

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in West Union, SC
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in West Union, SC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, great environment, and a lot of learning on the job. I probably doubled my abilities as a c# developer every year.

    Cons

    At times the work could seem meaningless. Sometimes it seemed as though the existence of my job was so that utility companies could over charge for electricity.

    Advice to Management

    Establish pride and excitement of the product your selling. If you're marketing group says "it's green and helps the environment," maybe give everyone coffee cups with the company name and have a recycling bin available. Lastly, give honest feedback and more opportunities. Don't wait until the end of the year evaluations to say "you met expectations."

  8. Not bad at all

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    Current Contractor - Quality Assurance in Akron, OH
    Current Contractor - Quality Assurance in Akron, OH

    I have been working at Itron as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay, good people and good networking.

    Cons

    In my position I travel a decent amount and it takes me away from my family.

  9. In an interesting industry, Itron was a good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Itron full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The managers were receptive to feedback. Everyone's perspective was taken into account, if you make your perspective known. The position I held involved a lot of travel, and their travel policies were very accommodating as far as large field/consulting companies go.

    Cons

    I left when it looked like the federal government stimulus well was running dry. I can only make assumptions from that point on, but it looked like the impending belt-tightening was about to change the work culture a lot.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Some Issues, Overall Good Place To Work

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

    I have been working at Itron full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the Raleigh office, it feels like most employees are concerned about their fellow workers and want to do things that help each other as well as the company be successful. Recently, I have seen an increase in employee group engagement between different departments in things like wellness/fitness activities, internal collaboration, and local civic engagement opportunities. Work hours for most departments are flexible and most managers in the company seem to be OK with flexible scheduling and allowing employees time to take care of personal issues. Most employees are focused on doing the best work they can within the constraints placed upon them by management. Benefits are reasonable. Work-life balance is usually good but sometimes other offices in the company are not respectful of time across different time zones when scheduling meetings and expecting work after normal hours. Overall, there is more good stuff going on than there is bad stuff. I don't think Itron is the best employer in town, but they are far from the worst.

    Cons

    On the technical side, the deadlines for product development and code release often seem arbitrary. They are driven by company executive mgmt and local office senior management with not enough regard for quality. This has bitten the company in the past and lessons have not been learned by all involved. I'll add that this is getting better in some cases, but there is still work to be done in others. Access to external training opportunities which would bolster career progression are limited. Customer contracts are often enacted based on vague and poorly worded goals only to later result in Itron being forced to agree to unreasonable customer demands or face 'penalties' during product deployments.

    I seem to work for the only Itron office in the US that is not set up well for health and fitness in that there are no shower facilities available. That's a small gripe, but an important one in these days of employer focus on wellness. Benefits costs continue to rise yearly at a rate that has the employee share going up much faster than the increase in company share. Stock incentives have basically disappeared for all but a very select few employees.

    Morale is not as good as it could be lately due to the overall condition of the industry. Coming off the highs of the govt stimulus spending a few years ago, the pace of sales seems slow today, but that is probably no different than any other company doing the same type of systems work as Itron. I see other reviewers commenting about racial slurs and other negative issues, but I have not experienced that type of thing in Raleigh. Maybe it's just a west coast problem.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that management wants to do the right thing at Itron but it feels like decisions are made based on unrealistic market and customer pressures instead of consideration of reality. I hope to see a return to the quality-first focus that has been present in prior years. Recent changes in vacation policy were bad. I don't really care that Itron is now 'on par with other similar company policies' regarding vacation. I want to work for a company that strives to EXCEED the policies of other similar companies!

  11. I was a product manager.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very bright team, solid technology, really nice people.

    Cons

    I found the Oakland office to be very quiet and frankly kind of boring.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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