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26 days ago

Senior Accountant

Opower Arlington, VA

• Ensure financial transactions are recorded correctly and consistent with GAAP • Work with tax department to ensure compliance with… Opower

26 days ago

Technical Project Manager

Opower Arlington, VA

• Manage complex technical implementations while demonstrating excellence in… Opower

3 days ago

Manager, Implementation Engineering

Opower Arlington, VA

We are looking for smart and driven engineering managers who are great managers but also have a thorough understanding of Agile methodologies and… Opower

4 days ago

Implementation Engineer

Opower Arlington, VA

Implementation Engineers rely on a diverse technical skill-set, including, but not limited to, writing complex SQL queries, comfort on the Linux… Opower

19 days ago

Director, Strategic Alliances

Opower Arlington, VA

• Develop and manage a pipeline of deals. • Refine our joint value proposition to ensure success. • Develop materials to support joint selling… Opower

26 days ago

Software Engineer - Data Acquisition

Opower Arlington, VA

At Opower, we’re applying cutting edge computer science to one of humanity’s greatest challenges: Energy. Our utility customers in the U.S. and… Opower

12 days ago

Global Stock Plan Administrator

Opower Arlington, VA

include processing of equity transactions in compliance with current rules and regulations, Sarbanes-Oxley controls and governing stock plan… Opower

26 days ago

Client Services and Operations Engineering Intern

Opower Arlington, VA

Opower’s Client Services and Operations team is responsible for configuring, deploying, and supporting customers on the Opower SaaS… Opower

21 days ago

Senior Manager, Sales Training

Opower Arlington, VA

The Senior Manager, Sales Training will lead a world-class team that enables Opower’s sales force to develop deep expertise in the utilities industry… Opower

12 days ago

Client Support Analyst/Consultant

Opower Arlington, VA

The Client Support Analyst/Consultant will be technically skilled, love working with customers, and have the desire to work on meaningful… Opower

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


    There are 3 huge reasons to work for Opower.

    1. Opower makes a real difference in the world. Currently Opower is savings over 1 Terawatt hour (TWh) per year and this should continue to grow exponentially for years to come. To put this in context the US Energy Information Administration estimated the entire US solar generation for 2013 to be just over 9 TWh, so Opower as a single company is producing 1/10th of the energy that the entire US solar industry is producing. Being part of this company for a few of years you will directly create more energy savings than you will likely consume in your entire efficiently lived life. That is amazing!

    2. Opower is an huge financial opportunity. In the last few years the company has more than 10x'ed its value and it is very possible for Opower do this again in the next few years. This growth is certainly not a given, but Opower has a better chance at doing it than most companies out there and for those who hold on to their Options it can be a life changing financial opportunity.

    3. Opower is a great work environment. Friday lunches, massages, tons of snacks, showers and bike racks at work, the list goes on. I guess for SF this sort of list is expected but in Arlington and most other places in the world perks like these are incredible and I definitely appreciate them. Also, the most important part of a great work environment is working with a bunch of smart, energetic, positive people and Opower certainly has this.


    Opower is a pretty great place to work but it has some cons.

    1. No 401K match, official justification is that Opower does Options grants instead. I get this but honestly I would accept a lower salary to be able to get that same amount of money in an untaxed 401k match and get above the 17.5K personal contribution limit in my 401k and would appreciate that as an option.

    2. There can be friction between teams at times. Maybe Sales wants to sell something that the Product Team doesn't want to make, or the Dev team wants to make stricter data specs for easier coding while the Ops team wants looser specs for easier implementations. These conflicts can get a bit uglier and snarkier than they should and it is a drag on all involved. That being said cross team collaboration has greatly improved the last few years but it is still a work in progress.

    3. Not enough emphasis placed on growing from within. Opower has grown a ton in the last few years and while there is now a framework for growing from within and a rising tide of internal promotions, there have still been many times in the past when outsiders have been hired directly into senior roles that have lead to reports basically training their own managers and a lot of wasted time. Hopefully as the company continues to grow it will continue to improve its internal talent pipelines and be less tempted by outsiders with exciting resumes.

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    Stay aggressive with evaluating managers and replacing those who are not amazing. Having great managers is the key to having a great company and if a manager isn't working out they must be transitioned out to keep the company moving forward. Senior management has done a good job of doing this in the past, making some tough decisions on key managers who were good but not great. Now, as Opower reaches the next stage of its growth, it is even more important to ensure it has the strongest managers. Keep providing both management and non-management career paths and if a manager is not doing well aggressively push them to switch to non-management or leave.

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