Itron Reviews

Updated March 3, 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
  • 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)

    Going down hill, and fast.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Company is out of track and does not respect people

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Its leadership history and past acquisitions
    Global presence and
    Vision of the future

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    Lack of strategy
    Wrong tactics
    Does not respect employees
    Pretend to be fair and correct
    Solve cultural conflicts - Europe x USA

    Advice to Management

    Review your strategy and change 1st tier executives


  3. Helpful (4)

    High Turnover and Low Morale at the Raleigh, NC Office

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Industry leader in metering products
    Large company benefits package with good insurance and vacation policies.

    Cons

    Unrealistic control of day to day operations from Oconee, SC offices. Engineers working remotely with no guidance.
    Layoffs and terminations without cause.

    Advice to Management

    Either invest in the Raleigh NC organization and make it self-sufficient with self-determination and authority, or close it.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Loser QA manager

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer II in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer II in Raleigh, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing about this company are pros. Nothing about this company are pros. Nothing about this company are pros.

    Cons

    QA manager was a real idiot. QA manager was a real idiot. QA manager was a real idiot.

    Advice to Management

    Get some education and a brain.


  6. Helpful (7)

    At least the consulting firm is racially biased and poor performing

    • 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

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    hell on earth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - They Couldnot Make Up Their Minds in Felixstowe, England (UK)
    Former Employee - They Couldnot Make Up Their Minds in Felixstowe, England (UK)

    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

    they now are giving their employees free coffee, laugh

    Cons

    Company values = 0, this company is out for profit only they are not interested in their staff.
    They cant even design working meters.
    most of the management are walking moronic idiots

    Advice to Management

    you are the most unethical company in the entire world, I feel ashamed I worked for you.


  8. Helpful (10)

    Chaotic lawless offices!

    • 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

    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.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Racial bias... Poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    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!


  10. Helpful (12)

    Incompetent Management

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

    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. Do yourself a huge favor and keep looking.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, poor planning, zero training, unsafe (electrically) environment, dwindling benefits.

    Hard work gets no reward and maybe gets you fired by a manager who is worried you'll replace him. The way to get along is politics. Kiss up to your manager and do no more work than he tells you to. Don't take any initiative. Take plenty of time to shoot the breeze with everyone in the building.

    Advice to Management

    Do a total housecleaning of all management. If necessary, get contractors to accomplish this.


  11. Helpful (14)

    Used to be Itron until 2008, Now it is I-SLUR!

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

    I worked at Itron full-time

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

    Pros

    Itron was a great place to work for until 2008.

    Cons

    Itron is a sad story. It used to be a great smart-grid company with talented people when I joined. However, many good employees left Itron and weak employees reached high positions in recent years. The upper management did a terrible job of letting super weak and non-working employees reach high positions and now it is too late. These employees didn't work, didn't let others work, and didn't even let us hire strong candidates for open positions! They wanted to fill all positions with weak candidates (mostly their friends!?) that were not a threat to them. All they did was talk and talk and I never saw them work during the years! If you get a management position, you have to put up with the weak non-working employees that they let you hire!

    To be successful in current Itron, you should NOT work hard because current employees will gang up against you and do anything they can to make you leave. The majority of the performance reviews are based on relations not your actual work and the harder you work, the worse they get. Simply, "Itron will not evaluate you based on the work you do". You will only be promoted If you are friends with the gang in the office. It is all politics that matters not work. I believe the upper management is aware of the situation but they have more critical financial issues to worry about currently.

    I used to work for Itron a while back before they revoked my visa and I had to go back to India. During the more recent years I heard many derogatory comments about me and my country and heard lots of slurs at Itron. It became a common pattern that I wouldn't even notice it anymore until they revoked my visa and did not give me time to find another job. They did it on purpose!

    I do not recommend Itron to non-residents, smart young professionals, hard-working people, minorities, and junior employees.

    I recommend Itron to friends of the current weak employees that are leading in Itron.

    Advice to Management

    Find the big-talk no-work employees and lay them off. Hire some strong qualified employees for high positions and management positions.



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