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5 days ago

Localization Producer (Product and Energy Efficiency)

Opower Arlington, VA

This job will be located in our Virginia/DC headquarters with some travel. Multilingual applicants strongly preferred… Opower

5 days ago

Engineering Program Analyst

Opower Arlington, VA

This analyst will develop and run a portfolio of programs aimed at driving better business results within our Engineering and Product teams. Programs… Opower

5 days ago

Software Engineer, Client Engineering

Opower Arlington, VA

Now, imagine yourself coming to work everyday to help us tackle one of humanity’s greatest challenges: energy. Our mission is to leverage Opower’s… Opower

13 days ago

Associate Product Manager

Opower Arlington, VA

We're looking to hire someone who combines passion and experience in product development with a strong ability to work closely with software… Opower

9 days ago

Software Engineer, Outbound Channels

Opower Arlington, VA

We work across the stack with multiple codebases, and team members are involved in all parts of the development process, from design to architecture… Opower

22 days ago

Web Software Engineer, NextWeb

Opower Arlington, VA

Now, imagine yourself coming to work everyday to help us take on one of humanity’s greatest challenges: energy. Our mission is to utilize the power… Opower

23 days ago

Product Manager

Opower Arlington, VA

Help people to consume less, not more. About the Role Opower’s products are powered by data that we… Opower

28 days ago

Associate Manager, Corporate Communications

Opower Arlington, VA

The Associate Manager, Corporate Communications will be responsible for supporting the promotion of the Opower corporate brand, technology leadership… Opower

7 days ago

Product Manager, Platform Extension

Opower San Francisco, CA

Now, imagine yourself coming to work everyday to help us tackle one of humanity’s greatest challenges: energy. Our mission is to utilize the power of… Opower

9 days ago

Engineering Manager, Data Infrastructure

Opower San Francisco, CA

At Opower, we use Hadoop ecosystem technologies to store and analyze smart meter data from many of the world’s largest utilities. We're building the… Opower

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    Even an ivory tower has its price. Are you willing to pay it?

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    Extremely smart coworkers- I've been at companies where you look at someone and wonder how they managed to get hired or even graduate from college. This will never be the case here. Every single Opower employee has something unique to bring to the table and many of them are heavily underutilized in accordance to their true abilities. Know. your. stuff. here. Great office culture- Packed food pantries. Office dogs. Standing and treadmill desks. Expensive tech. Modern lounge areas. Ping pong table. Bi-weekly office chair massages. The market premium - Opower's energy efficiency methodology is proven. It is the market standard for behavioral EE. It has a reputation of reliability and geekiness that utilities cannot deny. Paid above market - People with ivy league degrees may disagree (there are many here) but overall, Opower pays above market rates. It is what they do to keep and attract top talent.


    Growing pains - The EE market is one-tracked. There are whispers that it may be drying up after Opower's conquered over 95 different utilities. Opower is trying to pivot to other aspects of utilities' business but many results are unproven and most of its non-EE products are in Alpha or Beta. Can you keep up with your own growth story, O? Many of your more tenured employees can't seem to move from the "We are #1" (but only in EE) mindset when deploying new products. In fact, many departments can't seem to move away from sucking the EE cow dry to focus on ANYthing else, period. When will your product teams and engineers realize you can't fit the round peg of EE products into the square hole of other utility needs? What will happen when you are one day forced to play in waters that are not regulation-driven? Leadership woes- Have you looked at Opower's leadership line up? They're almost all middle aged white males(The one female senior manager in HR abruptly departed without ceremony). All of them very accomplished, very smart- but you'd think for a group of people so smart and with such great credentials the concept of "groupthink" would be obvious to them. Though I haven't acquainted with all the areas of the company that I'd like, I do not know of a single female senior manager that was promoted into their position. There are many smart females here but the current status quo seems to be, "If you want to come live in the Ivory Tower, you must play the role of Princess and none else." Perhaps its the company's leadership disliking people who tell them things they don't like to hear or perhaps its just terrible luck that we ended up with a panel of all male senior leaders but either way, the women of the company are noticing. And taking notes. Middle management training - Probably like most companies of our size, middle managers are grossly neglected on people management skills training. Opower seems to promote based on accomplishment and not whether someone can be a good manager. Personally, I'd say this is the first fundamental mistake but then again to not promote top performers would be to assume only certain types of people can be managers. Ok so fine- you promote your top performers---just because they have all the skills to get the job done doesn't mean they have the skills to teach others those skills and to keep them happy. You are a company where more than half the people graduated from one prestigious school or another located in Boston and you are combining type A personalities, no guidance on how to properly treat people, ego of previous achievements, and POWER. Did you THINK it was going to go well? Some managers figure it out on their own and are struggling along. Others continue to butt heads with and steamroll their direct reports. No one's guiding them so your general staff morale will continue to plummet as you ignore this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Your biggest issue is people management. All the snacks in the world cannot retain talented, underutilized employees who are being managed (and not guided) by stressed, inexperienced, and untrained middle managers. Opower has an amazing brand as an employer. Don't let your lack of oversight on your people issues rot you from the inside out.

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