Opower Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Opower Founder & CEO Daniel Yates
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Pros
  • Opower is a great place to learn how to work with different kinds of super-smart people all while working for a noble cause (in 11 reviews)

  • Great company culture that has been maintained as the company has grown (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a challenge (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. Amazing place to work

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - meaningful and high-impact mission
    - great well-lit office with open floor plan
    - excellent benefits & vacation
    - lots of free food & fun activities
    - coworkers are smart and friendly
    - nice equipment for engineers (top of the line MBP with 3 monitors, standing desk, ergo KB/mouse)
    - excellent work/life balance with freedom to work from home (though you won't want to)

    Cons

    - software is a bit hacky and not truly SaaS
    - lot of office politics and too many meetings about meetings
    - overly focused on process improvement
    - too much reorganization
    - typical growing pains of startup

    Advice to Management

    Talk less and do more.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Lots of moving parts, but great mission and great people

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people here are great. Lots of people have impressive credentials and great experience (professional and personal). The work environment is second to none, especially in the DC area. This is NOT some poorly-lit run of the mill office where people come to toil at their desks for 8 hours a day and go home. It's the Googliest place I've ever worked, and I hope that won't change as we expand.

    Cons

    There are some strong personalities, and it sometimes requires some finesse to work with them. Also, I've never experienced it first-hand, but the politics in some of the delivery teams could use some work. I've heard stories of people just being downright nasty to one another for no good reason. Most of the company has a great collaborative feeling to it, but there are definitely some isolated pockets of nastiness and pettiness that need to be dealt with. I have a feeling that this is due to somewhat weak management in those areas. Senior management seems good, but middle management seems weak. If it isn't dealt with now, it'll start affecting morale, and that would be very bad for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Think about how to correct the problems I mentioned above. Other than that, don't lose focus and keep up the good work. I have no doubt that Opower is on track for some big things in the future!


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to Work - People, Mission, Culture

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Comfortable and encouraging work environment with a great team of people. Very smart and passionate employees who care about each other and the companies success. Its a fun place to work, and offers a ton of opportunity to learn and develop in areas of your interests. Has a sense of team effort to continuing to grow the company and generate results.

    Cons

    No 401k match
    Salary could be more competitive

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Opower is great for interns!

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

    I have been working at Opower as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment, smart people everywhere, cute puppies, free food, lots of activities and a lot of room to grow. You can learn a lot from people who are always willing to be helpful and collaborative. My team is amazing and I really enjoy helping others through my work here. Even as an intern, I have just as much responsibility on my shoulders as the rest of my team and serve a very important role. I also like that my work is appreciated and that I am pushed to bring ideas and help make this place better even though I'm "just an intern". Thanks for providing a great hands on internship!

    Cons

    Honestly I don't have anything bad to say about Opower.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being encouraging and great role models for interns.

    Opower Response

    Mar 24, 2015Employer Brand Manager

    Welcome to Opower and the Ossociates program! Thanks for such a great review.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Fast paced cloud company with a real mission

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to both learn and implement the things one already knows. Young people get a chance to tackle complex issues in ways I have not seen before. The culture is strong and vibrant with a real sense of purpose. Closest thing to SF in DC...

    Cons

    With the fast pace, you often find yourself working at that speed, which is great because you get to see things happening right in front of you. It does pose a time challenge every now and again, though.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the radical transparency also after having gone public.

    Opower Response

    Mar 11, 2015Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for the review! Happy to hear you're having a great experience.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Opower Completely Spoils Me

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opower culture is the best part of working here. You work with smart people who do what they say they'll do and care about the planet. The company is not shy about spending money on morale. There seems to be at least one company-sponsored lunch, happy hour, or event a week, in addition to Friday lunches, massages, snacks, etc. In general, management will support you and help you grow your career. There is decent work-life balance here, although facetime is valued more than at other engineering organizations I've worked for.

    Cons

    We're still figuring out how to scale, so processes are in flux. The company has a very young culture and, although it doesn't seem to have a sexist culture, the Engineering and Product directors are all male (except one) and upper management includes only one female, so that seems to speak for itself. I believe they are working on this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and promote your savvy female employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Opower is a Slam Dunk

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opower truly is a great place to work. We have dogs in the office, food that is stocked everyday in the kitchen, massages onsite once a week, happy hours, and we get to work around some of the smartest people in the DC area. Generous equity and PTO. Plus we get off for a "winter break" it's like being in college all over again! The work is challenging, and if you are not challenged, there is always more work to be done. Another thing that I personally love is the people. People here are willing to lend you their knowledge if they have worked here for a while, and you have questions. Overall, I think it is an awesome place to work in the DC area and the best place I have worked for in my career.

    Cons

    - no 401k match
    - priorities change often


  9. Helpful (1)

    Mission driven, fast paced - buzz words but true!

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The passion that drives what we do is contagious. It can make some of those long days feel worth it and brings some of the most unique, creative individuals to Opower. The work is demanding but rewarding and if you are looking to make a career move this is the place. You will learn things faster and be a part of monumental change.

    Cons

    It is a post-IPO start up organization so things can change on a dime. It's not necessarily a con if you know how to deal with it and keeps you on your toes. You just have to be the type of person that enjoys change and can "live in the gray".

    Opower Response

    Dec 8, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for your perspective and your loyalty to Opower. We appreciate you taking time to share!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great people, great mission

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the most talented I have ever worked with. I have learned so much after working here, and I am still constantly challenged to do my best.

    Cons

    It's a very challenging environment, and for some, this may be a turn-off.

    Opower Response

    Nov 3, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Thanks for being an O!


  11. Helpful (3)

    Awesome company

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

    I have been working at Opower full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are awesome and the work is great. There is always a collaborative atmosphere that enables you to communicate with many different intelligent individuals. The employees are all passionate, intelligent and are the best of the best. I actually don't dread going to work as I used to.

    - Tons of Benefits
    - Great People who are passionate about what they do
    - Awesome and challenging work
    - You get out of it what you put into it
    - Very laid back yet professional setting

    Cons

    There is a lot of work. And that means you'll probably have to stay late.

    - Long hours
    - Average Pay

    Opower Response

    Jul 31, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for the review and great feedback. We take it to heart and will be sure to share it with cOmpany leaders.



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