Opower

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Opower Reviews in Arlington, VA

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
95 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This is a fun place to work with a ton of really smart people (in 11 reviews)

  • Probably the "coolest company" in Virginia if you're looking for a Google-esque company culture (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad Work-Life-Balance - ongoing issue that is constantly raised by employees and Management does not seem to care (in 9 reviews)

  • None to speak of - long hours come with the territory but aren't a con, they should be expected when one has the desire to work in this space (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    So happy to be an O!

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    As an employer, Opower is great. There is a real focus on employees and making this a fun, challenging, "Owesome" place to work. I've received really great training and guidance on the utility industry and markets, and I have learned a ton in my short time here. There is also a real focus on creating a diverse, integrated, respectful work environment; something I really appreciate after years in the IT industry.
    Working here, you're surrounded by really smart, capable people. There is a genuine desire from the team here to carry out Opower's mission. People are invested in doing their part in making the world a better place. It's not lip service, and it's great to be part of a dedicated team like this one.
    Finally, the dogs! There are wet noses to smooch, ears to scratch, and play bows and wagging tails to make you smile.

    Cons

    - Lack of 401(k) matching. This is a very odd benefit not to have, especially given the otherwise robust benefits package offered.
    - For all the "Owesome" stuff, it's clear that Opower is going through some growing pains. There's a lot to do, and not always enough hands to do the work. If you're willing to speak up and roll up your sleeves at times, your hard work and recommendations will be heard and recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in corporate diversity and integration, and managerial training. Also, 401(k) MATCHING! C'mon peeps!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Opower Response

    Sep 22, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    Welcome to O! Thank you for the kind words and suggestions. All are being taken to heart with new diversity roundtables and happy hours underway, management training in the works, and there's a team ... More

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people, evolving org structures

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Implementation Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Implementation Engineer in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Opower full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people with whom is awesome to work with, be challenged by and as a result grow

    Cons

    Too much work can get in way of personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee retention as much as employee acquisition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Opower Response

    Oct 15, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for the review. We appreciate your feedback.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Owesome!

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

    I worked at Opower full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a fun place to work with a ton of really smart people. The open environment is great for collaboration and learning. There is a ton of team and company events. Lots of work but lots of play as well.

    Cons

    They need more people. There is so much work to do and the company is doing so well that it is hard to keep up with the demand. For every one person they hire they need 2 just to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Harness the current employee talent and potential and grow them. Don't let the great people get burned out and leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Opower Response

    Aug 6, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    We appreciate the review and feedback!

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible company with growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer In Client Services and Operations in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer In Client Services and Operations in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Opower full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people. Seriously, the people here are nigh brilliant. The culture is infectiously energetic, the business model works and even gives you warm fuzzies when you go to bed at night. This stuff makes people's lives better. It's a great place to work with a bunch of people who are really sharp, really care, and are really open about it.

    Cons

    The hours and the stress are brutal, and the expectations around that don't seem to be changing. Growing from a tiny company to a big one is always about communication, management, and administrative challenges. Opower is still struggling with these challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be very careful about balancing the risks between continued rapid growth and addressing limitations of scale based on more growth oriented choices in the past.

    If Opower remains a place where only die-hards can hope to endure, you may lose more people than you can really afford to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Opower Response

    May 16, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for the review and you are right, we are growing rapidly. I will be passing your feedback along to senior management. Your insight is valuable.

  6.  

    Great Company; Bad work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Opower full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers - everyone is an A player, smart, hardowrking, and fun. We have an Owesome social life together
    Fantastic Mission - if you're environmentally focused, this is a data proven way to make a difference on Climate Change.
    Good Perks - Bring your dog to work, food in the kitchen, etc.

    Cons

    Lessening Growth Potential - so many stars that it's becomign harder to move up, even if you put in 150%. Everyone at Opower is a superstar and there are only so many steps upward. We hire really overqualified people too.
    Bad Work-Life-Balance - ongoing issue that is constantly raised by employees and Management does not seem to care. Folks here work 60 -70 hour work weeks on average. It's not sustainable, and there isn't space to keep folks who want to do a good job, but also have a family life. Opower can get A players at low cost bc of the mission and brand name, so Mgmt isn't willing to help balance work/life issue. Instead, people leave when they can't handle it and are replaced.
    Decreasing Perks - post IPO company has grown and perks seem less and less budgeted for.
    Less and Less transparent culture - esp post IPO. Mngmt seems to lack clear idea of what they want to share and how they'll communicate. Seems to be conflict in how to do this.
    Loosing Innovation and Defined Values

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more transparent -seem to be loosing that over the past 2 years.
    Find ways to encourage employees to take risk / manage independantly / create solutions bottom up / innovate
    Realize that you can't keep hiring over qualified, 70 Hr a week A-players indefinitely. Eventually you need to come up with a work-life balance and roles that keep your star performers at Opower. We love the company, but need you to value us and keep us around!
    Find ways to increase professional development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Opower Response

    May 16, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    This is all valuable insight. Thanks for sharing your review and I'll be sure to pass along your advice to Senior Management.

  7.  

    A meritocracy and an empowered employee base.. need I say more?

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is the first place where I have seen employees challenge their seniors, including the CEO, and is received well, for the better. This company really believes in motivating its team members thru hiring the best and challenging them with hard problems. You are given the room to fail and rope to grow.

    Fun culture, young work force, lots of energy, pranks, food, beer and fun events for various times of the year like halloween competition, worst-sweater-competition, cinco-de-mayo fun. Oh, innumerable happy hours, some company sponsored, some dutch, but still all fun. Routinely see team members going out as a group for lunch/dinner outings. Company has more than 20 activity groups like wine lovers, yoga lovers, biking, golfing etc.

    Cons

    Since it grew so quickly, not all ducks are in a row, so unless you are a self-starter or can thrive in chaos, keep away. Directions shift quickly, processes come and go.. nothing is set in stone. If it does not work, we throw it and retry. No ego/no hurt/no shame. That is a pro, but for some, this can be a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First time people managers should be given more people manager type training, so they are not just learning by the seat of their pants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Watch your back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Opower full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great mission driven company (energy efficiency really matters). Most of the individual contributors are smart and hard working.

    Cons

    The management team is duplicitous at best. If you're Director level or higher, watch your back. The C-level team fired a ton of Directors in the 2 years prior to IPO. It didn't matter how much you'd contributed to the company's growth and success. If you were middle management, your head was on the chopping block. Maybe things are better now the IPO has happened, but who knows?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some integrity. Respect your team. Reward managers for hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I worked at Opower full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely smart people - I learned so much from the people I work with.
    Laid back environment - No dress code, dogs in the office, ping pong table, video games, seated massage Wednesdays, free lunch Fridays ....
    Reasonably competitive pay.

    Cons

    People can get very highly opinionated.
    As the company grows larger, the fun things that were once considered important to the company are getting lost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Opower Response

    Mar 28, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    Happy to hear you're happy - and for the feedback! We have grown very rapidly and maintaining our company culture is a #1 priority - so thank you for sharing your perspective.

  10. 14 people found this helpful  

    Passionate

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

    I have been working at Opower

    Pros

    The people are all A-list and care about at least one of the two aspects of the dual bottom-line mission: profit and energy use reduction. The CEO & President genuinely care about everyone in the company. The stocked breakroom, group lunches, various clubs, and happy hours are a plus.

    Cons

    Over the past two years, the coupany has tripled in number of employees. Perhaps because of this, politics between parts of the company has ranged from confusing to nasty in the past few months. Some middle-managers are more focused about their rank and position when they should be supporting people on their team or focusing on bottom-line results. The result is an environment is one where lower-level employees tend to get things done despite their respective bosses as well as a bit of fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dan and Alex should take a hard look and their second-level direct reports and ask not only if they have the technical skills but the people skills for a growing company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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