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Opower – Why Work For Us?

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Opower's technology is transforming the way utilities relate to their customers. By combining data management, insightful analytics, and behavioral science, Opower's customer engagement platform positions utilities as trusted energy advisors to the customers they serve. 

Founded in 2007 and publicly traded on the NYSE under the stock ticker OPWR, Opower has been named a Bloomberg New Energy Finance Pioneer, EURELECTRIC’s Company of the Year, and among the 20 fastest growing tech companies in North America. Today, Opower's client base includes more than 95 utilities in more than 9 countries, helping engage more than 50 million homes and businesses. Opower's technology platform analyzes more than 300 billion meter reads to deliver its services, and has created enough energy savings through behavior change to power all the homes in a city of 1 million people for a year.

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    Dynamic company with a lot of moving parts

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    Pros

    Opower is not perfect but it's a company that has fun, believes in its product and attracts great people. I quickly learned how to adapt i a results-driven environment; if you're not comfortable juggling competing priorities and being kept on your toes, this isn't the place for you. The collaborative work culture is awesome - every single employee is willing to help and extend their expertise. Great mission, too! Other perks: catered lunches, weekly massages, semi-annual "Innovation Days," generous PTO policy, can bring your dog to the office, etc...

    Cons

    There have been a number of re-orgs lately (read: management shifts), which have been awkward. All signs point to things improving soon, though.


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    As others have said, the process involves at least (1) a phone screening in which you are asked to complete a coding exercise and to discuss your interests in and experience with software development generally and (2) a day-long on-site interview spree with various team members. The phone screening part of the process was great; the discussion with the interviewer was pleasant, and the coding exercise was at just the right level of difficulty for the position (there was, fortunately, no "FizzBuzz" here). The on-site portion of the process was less great, mostly due to details involving the particular position for which I (thought I) was applying and the way in which the on-site, two-hour-long coding session played out (so, my experience may not generalize, although some of the other responses here seem to suggest that it does). Without getting into too many details, I can say this: for the on-site coding session, I was seemingly expected (unexpectedly!) to be proficient with certain niche tools and languages -- well, they were niche at the time -- that were neither mentioned on the job advertisement for the position nor mentioned at any other point during the interview process. Since I was *not* proficient with these things (and never made any pretense otherwise), the result was a very awkward coding session that was probably, for the most part, a waste of everyone's time. Since Opower expects so much of one's time during the interview process (and asks a decent amount of their own employees in this regard, as well), I would have liked for them to have been much more up-front about this. Because they were not, I was left with an overall negative impression of their interview process. (I should say that it's *possible* that part of this process was intended to test how well I was able to "roll" with unexpected challenges and to learn on the job. However, no real indication was given that this was the case, and, given that I was able to learn the aforementioned tools to some degree on-the-spot and complete some of the coding challenges, but still received no offer -- every other aspect of the interview process had gone very, very well -- I have some doubts that this is so. What's more, I know that the tools that they tested me on are tools that the company uses in production, so it still seems that it would have been sensible to mention them on the job advertisement, in any case.)

Opower Awards & Accolades

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Industry Award ‘Company of the Year’ , EURELECTRIC, 2014
Top Workplaces 2014 , The Washington Post, 2014
Talent Warrior , Glassdoor, 2014
Employees’ Choice Awards: Top 50 Small & Medium Companies , Glassdoor, 2015
Employees’ Choice Awards: Best Places to Work , Glassdoor, 2015
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Additional Info

Website www.opower.com
Headquarters Arlington, VA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2007
Type Company - Public (OPWR)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Opower's technology is transforming the way utilities relate to their customers. By combining data management, insightful analytics, and behavioral science, Opower's customer engagement platform positions utilities as trusted energy advisors to the customers they serve. Founded in 2007 and publicly traded on the NYSE under the stock ticker OPWR, Opower has been ... More

Mission: To motivate everyone on earth to save energy.

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